Arkansas: Cherokee-backed group to oppose effort to block Pope County casino license

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Arkansas: Cherokee-backed group to oppose effort to block Pope County casino license

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  • Michael Tilley, Talk Business & Politics
May 14, 2024 8:30 PM

Investing in Arkansas has formed to oppose a possible constitutional amendment to repeal a controversial Pope County casino license. The latest move is part of ongoing legal actions by the Choctaw Nation and the Cherokee Nation for the lucrative gaming license.

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Jennifer McGill of Russellville is the chair of Investing in Arkansas, and Cale Turner of Little Rock is the committee’s treasurer. Investing in Arkansas is financially backed by Cherokee Nation Entertainment.

Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin on March 20 approved a potential constitutional amendment that would allow Arkansas voters to repeal the Pope County casino license. With Griffin’s approval, supporters of the measure, Local Voters in Charge, could begin to collect the more than 90,000 signatures to qualify for the November ballot.