Oklahoma tribe to build $60-million casino in Missouri
By Bob Garcia
The Osage Nation has a casino resort in the works for Lake of the Ozarks
Missouri is preparing its land for the next possible construction of a $60 million-plus casino. According to plans announced by the Osage Nation, the ground could soon be broken for a casino hotel at Lake of the Ozarks. The site will reportedly be part of a new district, which will also include entertainment, restaurants, long-term parking and infrastructure and land improvements.
According to the tribe’s criteria, this project could be considered one of the most significant economic development initiatives in recent years in the region. Several phases will be necessary to complete the plan, and a large number of jobs, tourism, and community income will be generated. The Osage News, the tribe’s newspaper, explained earlier this year that the tribal nation had purchased a total of 28 acres of land near Lake Ozark, a town located off a northeastern section of the lake, and made famous by the Netflix series starring Jason Bateman. Osage Casinos CEO Byron Bighorse said the tribe is still doing the necessary paperwork to apply for the land trust, a process that could take several months.
The Osage Nation said it wants to take full advantage of the good relationships it has been able to establish with several communities in the Show-Me State. This clearly could be a great opportunity to have a presence back in its homeland. “It sounds like a promising opportunity to bring jobs to Missouri and I am looking forward to working with the Osage Nation as this project develops,” said State Senator Mike Bernskoette.