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March 07, 2017

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has approved plans for a $25 million tribal owned casino. It will be located in the Oklahoma Panhandle a long ways away from the tribe's headquarters.

The proposed 42,000 square foot gaming facility named Golden Mesa Casino would be built outside Guymon and owned by the Shawnee Tribe, located 366 miles away. The Shawnee does not have a reservation. The tribe was never assigned territory and had to share with another tribal government. In 2000 the Shawnee Status Act gave permission for the tribe to work towards recovery and growth opportunities. The Act was approved by Congress.

The tribe does not having any historical ties to the land where they want to build the casino. Opponents believe that the approval of the casino might lead to anyone owning a casino. There would be no exclusive rights to just the tribes.

It believed that the location would bring visitors from Kansas, New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado.

175 jobs would be created by the project.

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