Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s new casino almost ready to open
CARTER LAKE - The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska announced the name of their new gaming facility located on their land in Carter Lake, Iowa. Tribal Chairman Larry Wright Jr. says the Prairie Flower Casino is named after Nebraska Chief Standing Bear’s daughter.
Construction started in June. Wright says, “We have been moving fast and furious to get open. Our people are excited and with any new project they want it open now, or yesterday. We are doing everything we can to make sure we are opening up a casino that people will love to come to. This is the first phase in our project and looking forward to opening up at the end of October.”
The 9,500 square foot casino will feature 200 slot-style games. Table games will not be present in phase one but Wright is hoping they will be added in the future. They will also feature a full service bar and a snack bar.
Wright says they have held two job fairs for tribal members but there are still positions available. They plan to hold a public job fair in the coming weeks. They initially plan to hire about 100 individuals to staff the facility.
Wright says there has been a tremendous amount of support for project. He says, “Our own tribal citizens are excited about what this means for our people for other projects that we are doing and the revenue that will be generated from this that will go back into our local areas and the programs and services that we provide.”
Prairie Flower Casino is located on Avenue H and Abbott Drive, just south of Eppley Airfield.