TULSA, OK – The Osage Nation Gaming Enterprise announced it has distributed an additional $9,029,588.21 to the Osage Nation as a result of its continued growth post-pandemic. The distribution is a true-up to the Nation above and beyond its monthly contributions.
“We have truly been honored by the phenomenal growth of our properties since reopening our doors,” said Byron Bighorse, CEO of Osage Casinos. “Because of our leadership’s fiscal responsibility and commitment to Osage Casinos, we are grateful to be able to support the Nation with distributions that far surpassed our expectations.”
The announcement comes on the heels of two groundbreakings for new casinos in Bartlesville and Pawhuska. Both projects were approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs amid the pandemic and are eight years in the making. Osage Casinos also recently completed construction of a second hotel tower at their Tulsa location.
“These funds from Osage Casinos are critical to the services the Osage Nation provides our members, and I am pleased we are able to make this financial distribution,” said Mark J. Simms, Chair of the Osage Nation Gaming Enterprise Board. “There was a time when we were unsure how the lost revenues from closing our casinos could ever be made up. I commend Byron Bighorse, CEO Osage Casinos, and the entire staff for working hard to make up for lost time.”