Shawnee Tribe seeking site for Ohio casino
June 11, 2010
The Eastern Tribe of Oklahoma is looking for property for a new casino project.
An announcement was made 5 years ago about the tribes plans to build several
casino resorts in Ohio. Several communities were sought after. Massillon and
Canal Fulton in Stark County. As well as Lordstown in Trumbull County. Around
the same time, a federal land-claim suit was also filed by the tribe in 2005 for
146 square miles of Western Ohio to be returned. However that was rejected.
Casino plans seemed to have disappeared after that. The communities began to
wonder if the Shawnee would be able to continue with the plans.
Recently, Clark Hosick, requested tax maps for possible Shawnee casino sites at
the Summit County Office Building. Hosick is the executive director of Native
American Educational Service. A non profit group. He is also the former head of
Akron's North American Indian Cultural Center.
Chief Glenna Wallace stated last week that the tribe is still interested in
building the casinos, however there are no authorized representatives from the
tribe looking for locations.
Ohio voted in favor of four casinos to be built in Cincinnati, Columbus,
Cleveland, and Toledo. That decision was made by voters last fall. It was also
agreed by state legislators to allow horse tracks to operate video lottery
Currently the tribe operates the Outpost Casino in Wyandotte, Oklahoma. They
also operate Boardertown Bingo and Casino in Seneca, Missouri.
Since the Eastern Shawnee currently do not have reservation land in Ohio, the
tribe may have to place some of their land into a federal trust. This will need
The Shawnee had land in Ohio until 1830 when they were forced to relocate.
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