More than 100 new jobs will be coming to the Sequoyah County community of Roland later this year after the Cherokee Nation broke ground Tuesday on a new $80 million casino and hotel.
The new 170,000-square-foot facility will offer 850 electronic games and table games
"I was on the Tribal Council when we decided to move from bingo to gaming. We understood then the purpose was to create jobs and provide a better quality of life for the Cherokee people," said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.
"Today, we have more Cherokee citizens employed at our businesses than ever, and for the first time in our history as a gaming tribe, casino profits are going directly to improving health care for our people."
Along with an entertainment venue, the Cherokee Nation says the plans include a 6-story, resort-style hotel.
The new casino and hotel will replace the current casino which opened in 1990 as the Cherokee Nation Bingo Outpost.