Osage Nation Casinos Recognized For Dealing With Gambling Problems

Monday, March 7th 2011, 8:06 am
By: News On 6


PAWHUSKA, Oklahoma -- The Osage Nation casinos have been recognized for their support of addressing problem gambling in Oklahoma.

A news release stated the Million Dollar Elm casinos, an economic enterprise of the Osage Nation, have set an important example for other Oklahoma tribal gaming businesses to address this issue, according to Dr. Wiley Harwell, executive director of the Oklahoma Association of Problem and Compulsive Gambling.

"I am grateful for the outstanding work the Osage Nation is doing through its training of employees to identify the signs and symptoms of problem gamblers," Dr. Harwell said.

The release says the Osage Nation is one of a handful of Oklahoma tribes that contributes financially to the Oklahoma Association of Problem and Compulsive Gambling.

Dr. Harwell has trained more than 1,100 employees at seven Osage Million Dollar Elm Casinos, all of whom are required to take initial orientation training as well as updated training at least once a year.

New casino employees are engaged in at least 60 minutes of orientation about how to identify and help problem gamblers.

Guests can seek help by calling the Oklahoma Gambling help line (1-800-522-4700).