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Ft. Sill Apache Casino Doing Fine

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LAWTON Okla_ A lot of confusion and misinformation is swirling about the recent news reports about some casinos owned by the apache tribe closing.

Two of them are, but not the one in the Lawton area. It is doing just fine. It is staying open and in fact, since last August, it has brought in 100 new jobs to Lawton. 

Apache Tribal Chairman Jeff Haozous said their hearts go out to the employees who have lost their jobs and to the Oklahoma Apache Tribe. However, he said the closings have nothing to do with the casino in Lawton.

"There always can be confusion with Apache tribes, because there are nine Apache tribes," Haozous said. "Some people don't realize they are separate and distinct. So, anything that can happen to one tribe may not affect others. Guests have asked if everything was ok. There has been some confusion on the difference between our tribe and another Apache tribe."

Haozous said not only is the casino healthy, they are expanding. They plan on breaking ground on a convenience store soon. Haozous said the Ft. Sill Apaches are stable. He's been chairman since 2002, and he credits the organization's health  to a strong board of directors.


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