The Class II facility -- which can have poker tables and gaming machines but no roulette or blackjack tables -- is expected to be open by year’s end, according to Cheryl Smith, tribal chief.
She told The Town Talk the casino will be “full service” -- including a buffet and sports bar -- and will employ approximately 270 people.
The facility will be build on 40-plus acres donated to the tribe more than 10 years ago by businessman Mike Wahlder, who also promoted incorporation of Creola and has extensive land holdings in the area.
Most of the tribe’s more than 200 members live int he Grant-LaSalle-Rapides Parishes region.
Because of that it is not required to have a compact with the state, which, tribe officials said, has declined to negotiate with it.
Lack of the compact prevents the casino from being a Class III facility such as the casinos in Kinder and Marksville operated by other tribes.