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Rumors continue to circulate about placement of gaming machines into operation at the Embers Grill, a restaurant located south of the Creek Turnpike and west of Olive Street, scheduled to open in August of this year. Speculation has been fueled by representatives of the Embers Grill about the recruitment of individuals with prior gaming experience. City leaders have been told that the Muscogee Creek Nation has jurisdiction and, as such, controls issuance of permits to game at this location.
On July 18, 2017, the City Council will discuss a draft Resolution expressing their objection to gaming and noting the Council’s intention to take all actions reasonably necessary to prevent illegal gaming at this location. Approval of a refined Resolution will be considered by the Council in their meeting of August 1, 2017. According to outside counsel, the City would have the ability to bring an action for injunctive relief if necessary.
“Broken Arrow residents are very concerned about gaming being brought to the Embers Grill, and the City is doing everything in its authority to work with the Muscogee Creek Nation leadership and all appropriate officials to prevent illegal gaming at this location,” said City Manager Michael Spurgeon. “Earlier today, a letter was sent to the attorney for the owner of the Allotment advising him of the proposed Council action and notifying him that the City was prepared to take all action within its power to address illegal gaming at this location.”