Tribal Organization: Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
1001 Avenue H
Carter Lake, IA 51510
The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska opened their new Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake, Iowa on Nov 1, 2018 despite legal challenges from Council Bluffs. The casino site is west of Council Bluffs and north of Omaha.
Prairie Flower Casino was approved by the federal government and built on the old site of the Tribe's smoke shop in Carter Lake, IA.
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9,500 square-foot casino (Phase 1)
25,000-square-feet in later expansion
Minimum age 21 years and older
200 Class II gaming machines
Nov 1, 2018
The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska opened their new Carter Lake casino on Nov 1, 2018.
The new casino is located 3 miles from downtown Omaha on the intersection of Ninth Street and Avenue H. The property is 5 acres. The 9,500 square foot building offers 200 electronic gaming machines. Currently there are no table games. There is also a snack bar. As well as a full service bar. Guests 21 and over are welcome at the 24 hour gaming venue.
This is a large milestone to open the casino. Lawsuits have slowed the progress on the project for nearly ten years.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place on November 01, at noon. The casino is owned by the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.Back
September 18, 2018
The new Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake is owned by the Ponca Tribe. The casino is preparing to open in October. On Monday the tribal council presented a check for $250,000 the to Carter Lake City Council during their monthly meeting.
After the casino has been open for 90 days, another check will be given to the city council. Three times a year, the city will be paid by the tribal council as part of the agreement from the new casino. The yearly total will be between $400,000 and $500,000.
The casino will be built in phases. The first phase will be a gaming facility of 9,500 square feet. 200 electronic games will be in operation. Gaming will be open to guests 21 years and older. Once opened, the casino will have 100 employees.Back
July 19, 2018
Property is being prepared for the beginning of construction for a new casino in Carter Lake. The casino will be owned by the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. Land where it will be built is undergoing the final legal steps for it to be taken into trust as tribal land.
A ground breaking ceremony was held in June for the new project. It was held on four acres of land in an industrial section of town. A prayer was given by the tribe's cultural affairs director, Dwight Howe during the ceremony.
Close to the Omaha city border, the ceremony had officials use their shovels to dug into the dirt where the casino will be built. Currently the tribe operates a tobacco store where the new casino will be built.
The project is being seen as a way for the tribe to develop their own sovereignty and build their economic independence. Money from the casino will go to fund tribal programs for housing, education, and healthcare.
Design plans for the facility have not been released. It will be developed in several phases. The casino will operate 2,000 slot machines in the beginning. In time they will add a hotel with seven stories. The casino will also be redone, expanded, and add table games.
Carter Lake is located on the western side of the Missouri River and on the border of Nebraska.
In order for the city to support the land being put into trust for the tribe, it was agreed that payments would be made to the city instead of property taxes. The money would be used to cover expenses that will be needed for the area. Such as additional police and fire services.Back