SENECA, Mo. -- The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma is building an $85 million casino and hotel in Oklahoma just across the border with Missouri. The casino complex will be about a mile from Seneca in Ottawa County.
The tribe already owns and operates Bordertown Casino just across the Oklahoma state line from Seneca. Tribal Chief Glenna Wallace says the new project likely will be completed in 18 months. The complex will include a 100- to 120-room hotel.
Tribes can't build casinos in Missouri because the state has no federally-recognized reservations. A tribe can buy property in the state but that's not the same as establishing a reservation, which provides a tribe with certain rights that make it autonomous from some federal and state laws. The Missouri Consitution only allows casinos on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.