Koi Nation and Chickasaw Nation Collaborate to Develop California Casino Resort
In September of last year, Koi Nation announced plans to develop a casino property in Sonoma, California. The Native American Tribe of Northern California, on Monday, concluded a predevelopment agreement with the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma as partners in developing the planned Shiloh Casino & Resort.
The Koi Nation's Tribal Chair, Darin Beltran, said, "We are honored to build this important business relationship with our brothers and sisters of the Chickasaw Nation, one of the most experienced Native American tribes in the gaming industry."
Dino Beltran, who is the Vice-Chair and Director of Development for the Koi Nation, highlighted the Chickasaw Nation's great expertise in gaming and resorts. He added that both tribes share the same values. "Chickasaw leaders understand the importance of this project to the restoration of our economic self-reliance because they have walked the same path many times in support of their own people's future."
An Ideal Partner
The Chickasaw Nation is an ideal partner for the Shiloh Resort & Casino, given its reputable track record in developing and operating tribal gaming operations and related resort properties.
Chickasaw Nation, a much larger tribe, headquartered in Ada, Oklahoma, offers a large selection of casinos. Part of its 23 gaming establishments in the country is Winstar World Casino and Resort, the largest casino in the world.
Besides the casino properties, the tribe has a wide range of commercial expertise. It also operates nearly 200 additional highly successful businesses, including Global Gaming Solutions (GGS). The latter is responsible for the management of the tribe's Golden Mesa, the hotel towers at WinStar World Casino Casino, and the operation of Remington Park, Oklahoma City's largest commercial racino.
Global Gaming Solutions will take charge of the management and operations of the Shiloh Resort & Casino when completed.
2,500 Gaming Machines, Las Vegas Style
The property will sit on a 68-acre area of land, which the Koi Nation purchased for $12.3 million and will host 2,500 Class III slots. The hotel will cater to overnight stays with 200 rooms, and visitors can dine at six restaurants and other food service areas. A meeting center, a spa, and a state-of-the-art live entertainment venue are also in the blueprint. The casino resort will create job opportunities for more than 1,100 employees when it opens.
Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby expressed the tribe's eagerness to participate in this project. Alongside the Koi Nation, they are looking forward to a successful collaboration and creating new jobs, additional businesses, and increased tourism to the region.
"The prosperity of our citizens and a commitment to working together with our partners in the Koi Nation as well as local, state, and community officials are key components to our mission," he said.
Bill Lance, Commerce Secretary of the Chickasaw Nation, also indicated the tribe's excitement to use their expertise to help realize this project and help the Koi Nation to establish the economic self-sufficiency that is "the inherent right of all Native American tribes."
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