The Osage Nation has reportedly made a total of 100-thousand dollars of donations to seven Lake Area organizations as it continues to pursue plans to site a casino resort in Miller County.
Osage News says the tribal Gaming Enterprise Board did so in its efforts to forge community relationships in the region.
In June 2021, the Nation purchased 28 acres near the city of Lake Ozark.
As the report explains to build a casino, the land must be in trust status with the federal government and a gaming compact must be in place with the state of Missouri.
The seven donations include:
- 25 Thousand Dollar donations to the City of Lake Ozark Police Department, The Miller County Sheriff’s Office, and Lake Ozark Fire Department.
- 11-thousand dollars goes to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
- Osage Football League Incorporated and the Lake Ozark Soccer Association both received 55-hundred dollars
- Lake Area Youth Robotics was awarded 3-thousand dollars.
It’s the second time the Osage Nation has made a package of donations to area organizations in the past year.
The Osage Nation plan calls for a multi-phase project to construct a casino, sports bar, restaurant, and meeting space as well as a hotel.
A timeline cannot yet be determined but could take around two years.