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ERIC Number: EJ931377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr-14
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
A Winning Bet
Boulard, Garry
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v28 n5 p11-12 Apr 2011
Indian gaming has proven to be a very good thing for all students in Oklahoma, but particularly tribal college students. It also has proven to be remarkably popular, even in the face of the national recession. The Creek Nation operates several casinos in the state, the main one being the River Spirit in Tulsa. The performance of any gaming varies depending upon the state and tribe, individual facilities, and the different kind of marketing that they may do. In Oklahoma, they have really upped the quality of their facilities in the last several years. A decade ago, there were a lot of small gaming facilities, and many were convenience stores and tobacco stores, truck stops, gas stations, and restaurants. But now Indian gaming in the state also means the 300,000-square-foot WinStar World Casino, owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation; the 110,000-square-foot Choctaw Durant Casino Resort, run by the Choctaw Nation; and the 110,000-square-foot, Cherokee Nation-run Hard Rock Casino Tulsa. The casinos also are adding non-gambling revenue sources like luxury hotels, restaurants and bars. The success of the casinos has meant more than $100 million a year in revenue for Oklahoma's public school system.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma