The city of Broken Arrow, located in the northeastern part of Oklahoma, is expected to sign off on a resolution at its meeting today confirming its opposition to the introduction of slot machines into the town.
The action by Broken Arrow City Council officials was in response to rumors implying that the Embers Grille restaurant and dance hall, located south of the Creek Turnpike and west of Olive Street, will be home to Class II gaming machines, according to News On 6’s report on the city’s news release.
The restaurant is slated to open this month and is currently being developed on allotment land that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation owns. The nearby Kialegee Tribe was reportedly granted the land and has made it known that it plans to include a dedicated gambling area in the restaurant project.
Approval of the resolution by the City Council will authorize Stephen Bugg, its recently appointed attorney, to relay the council’s objection to what it views as illegal gaming, to the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC). It will also give Bugg the authority to contact additional federal agencies regarding gaming in the city of Broken Arrow. Additionally, the resolution recognizes the leadership efforts by the Nation to “address illegal gaming on the site and willingness to work together on matters of common and public safety.”
The city stated in the news release, “City leaders have been told that the Muscogee Creek Nation has jurisdiction and, as such, regulates the issuance of permits to game at this location,” according to the news agency. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation has yet to approve the restaurant’s gaming operation, so it would be illegal due to the fact that it’s on Indian land.
The news agency reports that a spokesperson for the Creek Nation said that prior to the today’s Broken Arrow City Council meeting scheduled for 6:30pm in council chambers, the tribe will be releasing a statement.