Ponca Enterprise Gaming announces
forward progress of Fancy Dance Casino
Construction began this month
Perry, Oklahoma (May, 07 2019) – Officials with Ponca Enterprise Gaming, LLC (PEG), a subsidiary of the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, today announced the selection of companies to continue progress on the new Fancy Dance Casino near Perry.
Timberlake Construction has been selected as the general contractor for the project. Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates, PC (FSB) is the architect and the engineering firm is CP&Y, Inc. All three companies are based in Oklahoma City. Cardinal Engineering, based in Woodward, Oklahoma, is the project’s civil engineer.
“The new Fancy Dance Casino will be a source of revenue and stable employment for the Ponca Tribe and residents for years to come,” said Ric Lonsinger, PEG CEO. “The selection of three Oklahoma-based companies is a prime example of how quickly it will begin making a difference for Oklahomans. We’re proud to be the source of such great economic impact not only to surrounding counties but also to our tribe’s members.”
The 10,000-square-foot facility will house nearly 290 electronic gaming machines. The casino is expected to employ approximately 90 full- and part-time employees when operational.
"This process was started in 2010 with the help of the late Jess Green, I appreciate all the hard work the LLC and the attorneys have put into this project to make it come to fruition,” said Chairman Douglas Rhodd. “The people of the Ponca Tribe will benefit from the economic growth created by the Fancy Dance Casino, and we can't wait for the opening."
Global Gaming Solutions is the developer and consultant for the new casino. GGS has opened more than 30 casinos and placed or managed more than 50,000 electronic games at facilities across the country.
“The expertise Global Gaming Solutions brings to the Fancy Dance Casino ensures future patrons will have the best possible experience when they visit,” said Lonsinger. “We’re happy to have the opportunity to work with leading industry experts, and we look forward to providing a top-notch entertainment experience to residents and visitors.”
Construction on the casino as scheduled began early this month and expected to take approximately nine months, pending any construction or weather delays. The facility is located approximately 10 miles north of Perry near the intersection of Interstate 35 and U.S. Highway 412.
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2019 Fancy Dance Winners from L to R: Cecil Gray, 4th Place, GrayCloud Lieb, 3rd Place, Simon Washee, 2nd Place, and Ryland Moore, Ponca Fancy Dance Champion with 1st Place
2019/2020 Ponca Tribal Princess
Hello, I am Iní thabí (She too whom they flew for safety). My name is Nadia Lynn Kent. I am a descendant of the Ponca Tribe and of the Wa’zha’she Clan. I am the great granddaughter of Lucy and Garland Kent, Sr., daughter of Curtis and Francis Primeaux and sister of Lexia and Alec Kent. My family, also, includes the late Emily No Ear Kent, and descent from Chief White Eagle and Chief Standing Bear.
I am 20 years old and attend Northern Oklahoma College. Also the President of the Northern Thunder Club. I am studying Elementary Education. My future career goals include pursuing a career within the Educational Field. I would like to follow in the footsteps of my grandmother, Lucy, she was a Title VII Counselor and helped many children during her service.
Previously, I served as the 2017-2018 Ponca Tribal Princess, this experience motivated me to pursue an education I can use to serve the Ponca Nation. I enjoyed the time I served and the memories I have will last a lifetime alongside the friendships and relationships I made. I know that my previous experience has prepared me for not only an ambassadorship, as Ponca Tribal Princess, but will allow me to assist in enhancing the image of the Ponca Nation. This includes sharing a greater understanding of the Ponca Nation’s historical and cultural influence amongst members of all tribes and non-Natives, alike. The future is always built upon our history and as the Ponca Tribal Princess I would like to continue to build upon my personal history, as well as, the Ponca Nation’s. I am very honored to be selected. I am very thankful for all the encouraging words from the Ponca people. I know I will enjoy my year and new travels.
Nadia Lynn Kent