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Jena Choctaw Band get reservation, plan casino
Thursday, April 5, 2007 at 3:37:59 PM
After several years of rebuffs, the Jena Band of Choctaws has received federal approval to open a somewhat scaled-down tribal casino in southern Grant Parish, the tribe's chief says.
Earlier this month, the Interior Department approved a 63-acre initial reservation for the tribe, Chief Christine Norris said. That will allow the Jenas to build a casino that includes slot machines and poker tables, said Julie Wilkerson, the tribe's attorney.
The casino, considered a Class II gambling hall under federal regulations, could open in less than two years, Norris said.
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