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The Choctaw Nation Gaming Commission

Paula Penz
Paula Penz
Choctaw Nation
Gaming Commissioner

The mission of the Choctaw Gaming Commission is to maintain a solid grasp of our purpose, role, function, authority and responsibility; and possess sound knowledge of the applicable laws, rules, regulations and compact provisions relative to gaming.  We also make a commitment to professionalism and to the principles of fundamental fairness and due process of law.

Regulate Choctaw Gaming Operations

The Choctaw Nation established a Gaming Commission in order to regulate Choctaw Casinos.  The Choctaw Gaming Commission consists of three (3) Commissioners, one of whom is designated by the Chief of the Choctaw Nation as the Chairperson.  Gaming Commissioners are appointed by the Chief of the Choctaw Nation, with the advice, consent, and confirmation of the Choctaw Tribal Council.  The Choctaw Gaming Commission is an arm of the Choctaw Nation established for the exclusive purpose of regulating and monitoring gaming on behalf of the Tribe.

Protect Assets, Promote Integrity, Ensure Fairness

The primary purpose of the Choctaw Gaming Commission is to protect tribal assets, promote integrity, and to ensure a sense of fairness between the public and Choctaw Casinos.  The law that enables us to provide oversight and regulatory authority over Choctaw Casinos is the Choctaw Nation Class II and Class III Revised Gaming Ordinance updated in October, 2006 and approved by the Choctaw Tribal Council and the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC).

Our Team

The Choctaw Gaming Commission maintains an administrative office and staff personnel. The Gaming Commission consists of Field Agents, Licensing Agents, Vendor Licensing Agents, Auditors, Technical Compliance Agents, Investigators, Office Manager and any other support personnel to properly operate the Gaming Commission Office. Such office shall serve as the Commission's main business office and shall be the site at which the Commission's records and documents are maintained and stored on a permanent basis. Currently the Gaming Commission has a staff of 20+ personnel headquartered in Durant, Oklahoma.  The Choctaw Casino Surveillance Department also report to the Choctaw Gaming Commission.  

Regulators Not Managers

The purpose of the Choctaw Gaming Commission is regulatory, not managerial. The Commission conducts oversight to ensure compliance with Tribal, Federal, and State laws and regulations. The Commission serves as the licensing authority for individuals employed in the Gaming Operation and shall administer background investigations as part of the licensing process. The Commission also has a role in monitoring compliance with the internal controls for the Gaming Operation and in tracking revenues. Vendors conducting business with the Choctaw Casinos are licensed by the Choctaw Gaming Commission after meeting certain standards as stated in the Tribal-State Compact. In order to carry out its regulatory duties, the Commission has unrestricted access to all areas of the Gaming Operation and to all records. The Commission has authority to take enforcement actions, including suspension or revocation of an individual gaming license when appropriate.

 Our Locations

As of April 1, 2008, The Choctaw Nation operates 19 gaming facilities. Casinos are located in: Durant, Grant, Idabel, Broken Bow, Stringtown, Stigler, McAlester and Pocola. Gaming is also found at the Choctaw Travel Plazas in: Broken Bow, Durant (East & West), Grant, Idabel, Stringtown, McAlester, Pocola, Atoka, Wilburton, and Poteau. The Choctaw Gaming Commission currently licenses approximately 3000 gaming associates and 80 vendors.

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