A marker to the Trail of Tears in present-day Calhoun, Georgia. Photo: J. Stephen Conn

Tribe said to be interested in pursuing a casino in Georgia

A "Cherokee" tribe is said to be interested in pursuing a casino in Georgia, according to The Jackson Herald.

The paper said a 1,000-acre site in Maysville is under consideration. The area is only about 60 miles outside of Atlanta, making it attractive for a casino.

The tribe wasn't named in a summary posted by the paper. The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians at one point was said to be interested in returning to its ancestral lands in Georgia.

“We can’t come back as fast as Georgia kicked us out,” a tribal official said in February 2017 when reports surfaced about the tribe's potential plans.

Nothing concrete surfaced after that story. But lawmakers are considering plans to legalize casino-style gaming, Bisnow Atlanta reported, which could rekindle interest.

Meanwhile, the tribe is pursuing a casino closer to its headquarters in Oklahoma. Plans for a facility in the city of Enid would require approval from both the Bureau of Indian Affairs as well as the state governor.

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What are the odds a casino will locate in county? (The Jackson Herald September 26, 2018)
Polls show Enid residents favor casino (The Enid News & Eagle September 24, 2018)

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