Cherokee Nation Businesses is appealing a ruling that rescinded its license to construct a $225 million casino in Pope County, Arkansas.
In 2018, Arkansas voters approved Amendment 100 to authorize four casinos to operate in Crittenden, Garland, Pope, and Jefferson counties. Casinos have since been set up in all except Pope County.
The Arkansas Racing Commission granted the Pope County license to CNB’ entity Legends Casino and Resort in November 2021, after which Gulfside Casino Partnership, another candidate for the license, filed a lawsuit.
Gulfside claimed Legends did not have the “requisite experience in gaming” to receive the license, as CNB CEO Chuck Garrett explained during a Jan. 14 Tribal Council meeting.