SouthWind Casino opened the doors to its newest location in Braman last week with a special opening for tribal members on Wednesday, one for tribal members, employees and VIPs on Thursday and the opening for the general public on Friday.
“I know that as a nation you’ve waited a very, very long time for this and as employees we’re proud to do this for you. This is your casino. We’re excited to get to this day and we’re proud to be part of it,” SouthWind Casino General Manager Pam Shaw told tribal members on Wednesday. “
Kaw Nation had worked for 24 years to obtain the gaming trust for 21 acres for the casino before constructing it.
Luther Pepper, who served on the Tribal Council as it worked to get the gaming trust, spoke hopefully for casino’s success.
“It’ll help the tribe and all its services,” he said.
Before the ribbon cutting on Friday, Braman Mayor Mike Barton said that the town is happy to see the nation further its relationship with Braman.
“I want to thank Kaw Nation. They’ve made a lot of contributions to Braman over the past several years,” he said.
As the doors opened to the public and a crowd rushed to try out the games on Friday, Braman American Legion Post 259 Commander Marv Sandbek declared, “This is a game-changer.”
SouthWind Casino Braman is open 24 hours per day and seven days each week. The casino has 113 games.
This is the first stage of the facility. The next casino building, which is under construction, will open at the beginning of 2015. This building will house 275 Class 2 games, table games and a café.
A larger casino with 500 Class 2 games and table games will open later.