With the cut of a ribbon Thursday morning, the metro's newest casino is now open.
The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska's Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake officially opened to the public at noon on Thursday, and tribe Chairman Larry Wright Jr. says it is a momentous day for his people. The opening of Prairie flower Casino today is the culmination of years of work by the leaders of our Tribe. With perseverance, they advocated to have our Tribal recognition restored by the federal government and protected our right to build a gaming facility on our land."
Wright says the Ponca people and the Carter Lake community will benefit from the casino. "In addition to having more visitors in the community, Carter Lake will receive annual financial contributions for general city improvements and aid for police, fire and emergency responders, while our Tribe's services for members - including healthcare, job training, cultural education and land preservation - will now be far more robust and sustainable." About $775,000 per year will go to Carter Lake.
The casino had been stuck in legal limbo for a decade, with plans being shut down for years until the National Indian Gaming Commission ruled in the Tribe's favor in November 2017.
The casino will feature 200 slot-style games, but no table games will not be present. The Prairie Flower Casino will be open 24 hours a day, Monday through Sunday.
To learn more about Prairie Flower Casino you can visit their website here.