Broken Arrow residents ready to challenge new casino

Broken Arrow residents are preparing to stop a planned restaurant that could have casino gambling.

Backers of Red Creek Dance Hall and Restaurant made a presentation to the Broken Arrow City Council in October. That would be opened at the same site – near 129th East Avenue and the Creek Turnpike – of a tribal casino that was proposed four years ago but never opened.

As it stands, the proposal could have class II gambling but officials said plans are not firmly set.

Broken Arrow’s city manager was fired and the mayor resigned in 2012 because of public outrage over the proposed Red Clay Casino, which began construction in late 2011. Muscogee (Creek) Nation Chief George Tiger was defeated for re-election in part because of his involvement with the casino.

The casino was sanctioned by the Kialegee Tribal Town, a small band of Creeks based near Wetumka, on land owned by Muscogee (Creek) citizens.

The project came to a halt after a court battle.