Nation | Tribe: Osage Nation
City of Lake Ozark, Miller County, Missouri
The Osage Nation plans to build a $60 million hotel complex with casino, restaurants and entertainment center on a 28-acre site near Lake Ozark in Miller County, Missouri. The Osage have ancestral roots to the land and are seeking federal approval from the U.S. Department of Interior to build the casino.
Artist rendering of Osage Casino Resort at Lake Ozark
In Oct. 2021 the Osage Nation announced plans to build a $60 million casino, entertainment and hotel at Lake Ozark. The announcement said the tribe had submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) for approval of a Class II gaming casino near Lake Ozark. Class II casinos do not require state approval.
The federal decision process will take one to two years to determine if the Osage casino proposal complies with the U.S. Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
If The Osage application is approved, the DOI will transfer the casino land into federal trust with tribal sovereignty to the land and casino gaming rights that are exempt from Missouri laws and regulations.
The Missouri constitution limits the number of casino licenses to thirteen. A federally-approved Indian gaming casino does not need a state license and does not need state approval if similar gaming is already approved in the state.
The Osage Nation owns 28 acres of land at the intersection of Bagnell Dam Boulevard and Osage Beach Parkway. This is the site of the former Quality Inn Hotel.
Proposed site for the Osage Nation Lake Ozark Hotel Casino
February 22, 2022
The Osage Nation released these renderings of the casino resort planned for Lake Ozark, Missouri.
Meeting and Banquet Room
Hotel Suite with View of Lake of the Ozarks
Construction will begin after approval by the U.S. department of Interior. The approval is expected in 2023. Construction will take 18-24 months and be completed in phases
PHASE 1 CONSTRUCTION
PHASE 2 CONSTRUCTION
FUTURE PHASES - TBA
The Osage Nation announced plans in late October 2021 the build a $60-million casino, hotel and entertainment destination at Lake Ozarks, Missouri. The tribe said it had applied the U.S. Department of Interior for approval under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988. That process will take one or more years for a decision authorizing Class II casino gaming.
A demolition contractor was selected to clear the 28-acre building site at Bagnell Dam Boulevard and Osage Beach Parkway.
The U.S. Department of Interior is preparing an Environmental Impact Study. A draft report could be published as early as late 2022. Public comments will be solicited in local hearings and mailed responses.
If all issues reported in the Environmental Impact Study can be resolved, the U.S. Department of Interior could approve the Osage Nation's application in 2023. Construction could begin later that year if the project is not delayed by legal challenges.
The opening of the Osage Casino in Lake Ozark could be in 2024-2025 following 18-24 months of construction.
Osage Nation is headquartered in Pawhuska, Osage County, Oklahoma. The tribe owns seven casinos in Oklahoma, which are located in Bartlesville, Hominy, Pawhuska, Ponca City, Sand Springs, Skiatook and Tulsa.
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June 14, 2022
The Osage Nation purchased a 28-acre site in the City of Lake Ozark, Missouri for the purpose of building a $60 million hotel and casino. The first step towards authorizing the casino is approval by the U.S. Department of Treasury to transfer the land into federal trust for the tribe. That process grants sovereignty for gaming rights on that land to the Osage Nation.
The land-into-trust application is expected to be submitted to the federal government by July. In preparation for submission of the application the tribe has demolished the former Quality Inn & Howard Johnson hotel to clear the land for environment assessments required in the process. The demolition was completed in late April.
If the U.S. Interior Department grants federal trust status for gaming purposes, the land may be used for a Class II gaming casino. However, the Osage Nation plans to seek a Class III gaming compact with the state to allow Vegas-style slot machines and table games.
February 17, 2022
The Osage Nation plans to build a casino, hotel and entertainment center at Lake Ozark, Missouri and is seeking a demolition contractor to clear a vacant Quality Inn and accessory buildings from the 28-acre building site. A Request for Proposals was published in the Eldon Advertiser on Jan. 3 with a deadline for proposals to be submitted by Feb. 15.
The site demolition will be a step forward for the Lake Ozark project; however, construction can not start until the federal government has approved the casino. Federal approval is not expected until late this year at the earliest.
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November 7, 2021
The Osage Nation announced plans in a press release last week to build a hotel with a casino, restaurants and entertainment on a site near Lake Ozark in Miller County, Missouri. The Oklahoma tribe will invest $60 million to develop the project on a 28.3-acre parcel of vacant land located at Bagnell Dam Blvd. and U.S. Highway 54.
The Osage Nation has historical homeland ties to Missouri. These ancestral lands were ceded to the United States in an 1808 treaty.
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