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Mar 14, 2012 10:24 AM by AP

Construction to start on new Indian casino

DRY PRONG, La. (AP) - The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians has been working toward opening a casino for more than a decade.

B. Cheryl Smith, the tribal chief of the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, tells The Town Talk plans for the casino are finalized, and tribal leaders hope a casino will be open by the end of this year in the Creola community in south Grant Parish.

Julie Wilkerson, an attorney for the tribe, said the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians would build a Class II casino on a piece of land off U.S. Highway 167 near Dry Prong. She said construction is expected to begin next week.

A Class II casino can have poker tables and gaming machines.

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