Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Intends to Construct New Casino Resort in Polk County

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Recently, the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas revealed its intention to construct the latest casino on its tribal territories in Polk County.

New chapter:

Commenting on the plans, chairman of the Tribal Council, Ricky Sylestine, said: “We are incredibly excited to embark on this new chapter.” 

Relatedly, besides offering large economic welfare to residents and employees of the area, this fresh casino resort should also become a vital stop for visitors. In addition, while the particular details are still being worked out, the planned casino resort could potentially provide many benefits, such as different entertainment and dining options, hotel accommodations and a unique casino floor.

The project’s designer is FFKR, an architectural company famous for its creative and state-of-the-art designs. Tribe has the utmost trust in the company to design a remarkable destination.

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Refurbishment plans:

Besides the project mentioned above, the tribe also intends to do a large-scale refurbishment of the already existing Ischoopa/One Stop Convenience Store and Truck Stop. The entire refurbishment project will focus on adding a number of electronic bingo machines.

Furthermore, the tribe will announce any breaking news regarding the aforementioned casino resort project and any extra developments during the upcoming months, according to Bluebonnet News.

The Tribe also owns and operates Naskila Casino at 540 State Park Rd 56, Livingston, TX.

US Supreme Court upholds 2 Texas tribes to operate electronic bingo games on their lands:

In other news, in 2022, the US Supreme Court allegedly gave support to two Texas-based indigenous tribes in a judgment that upheld their sovereignty to regulate unrestricted gaming in their territories officially and solidified tribal autonomy in the state.

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The judges made the 5-4 decision. As for the decision, it was that the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, located north of Houston, and the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo tribe close to El Paso, widely known as Tiguas, have the sovereign authority to officially regulate electronic bingo games in their territories, despite rules of the state on unrestricted gambling. Simply put, unless the game is entirely criminalized and banned in the state, Texas isn’t allowed to inflict its rules on tribal games.

However, in the majority opinion, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch pointed out that the aforementioned decision doesn’t permit the tribes to provide any game they want on their territories.

In addition, since Texas is known for having some of the harshest gambling laws, the Tiguas have been battling the state for a very long time, decades. The reason for the fight was the spread of gambling in their territories. However, the state has continually blocked the tribe’s attempts in federal court.

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