Jena Choctaw Pines Casino turns 5

GRANT PARISH, La. (KALB) - A new casino hit the scene in Central Louisiana five years ago, making a mark on Grant parish.

On Saturday, Jena Choctaw Pines Casino celebrated their fifth anniversary.

Tribe members of the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, casino staff and guests gathered to eat, drink and look at how far they've come.

The tribe's Chief B. Cheryl Smith said the casino has grown so much over the last few years and has provided a lot of employment opportunities for members of the community.

Profits also help benefit the oldest members of the tribe giving them a monthly stipend towards expenses.

The Smith said she is thankful for the community's support and is already looking forward to the next five years.

"I can not believe it's been five years," Smith said. "I can still remember being out front to cut the ribbon and just cars lined all the way up the road and there were thousands of people out there. You know they always said open the doors and they will come, well that is what has happened here. We've opened the doors and they have come."

Next up the tribe is looking to expand their casino by adding an 80 room hotel to the property.

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