The Osage Nation Native American tribe plans to bring casino gambling to the Lake of the Ozarks. The tribe will invest approximately $60 million to develop a hotel featuring gambling, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Most of the tribe’s Missouri lands, including the area south of the Missouri River, were ceded to the U.S. in a treaty signed in 1808. Any land purchased must be put into a trust for the Nation by the Department of the Interior. The nation must negotiate a compact with the state, which would divide responsibilities for law enforcement on the casino property and establish taxation by the Indian tribe.
Gov. Mike Parson, or his successor, would have to approve the compact, according to federal law. Tribes have the right to offer gambling that mirrors what the state allows for any purpose by any person, organization, or entity. If the state refuses to negotiate a compact, or does not do so in good faith, the tribe may sue in federal court.
Updates on this proposed projects are forthcoming and will be provided as made available.