From Enterprise Staff
Naskila Casino Chief Financial Officer Stephanie Williams served as one of three panelists at the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Conference held August 15-16 in Tulsa.
Topics the three panelists discussed were the events during COVID and how the pandemic affected their casinos and how the casinos strategized to recover and open their doors again after months of temporary closure.
“During the COVID period, we knew we were eventually going to temporarily close our doors, so we planned and set aside funding from our casino revenues to keep all our employees with paid salaries and benefits until we were able to reopen Naskila Casino,” Williams said.
Other topics discussed were the years of battling with the State of Texas to keep Naskila Casino open. A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court last July, affirmed the tribe’s right to operate Class II electronic bingo.
Williams discussed the significant impact Naskila Casino has on the local economy through the creation of new jobs, assistance with tribal projects, programs and health services, as well as supporting the local communities with donations and sponsorships.
“The favorable decision by the U.S. Supreme Court for the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe was a monumental event for us. This meant more jobs for our tribal members, more health care, more education funding for our tribal members and more economic opportunities for the tribe,” Williams said.
Naskila Casino is owned and operated by the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas on State Park Road 56 off of U.S. Hwy. 190 East in Livingston. The casino has 825 Class II Gaming devices, Timbers Grille Restaurant and Cafe Itto si. The tribe also owns Lake Tombigbee Campgrounds, with a 26-acre lake complete with RV hookups, primitive campsites, swimming and fishing. The Alabama-Coushatta One Stop has a 17-bay fuel station including diesel fuel, convenience store, tobacco shop/gift shop and a food concession. For more information, call 936-563-2WIN or check out the website at www.naskila.com.