Aside from a brief interlude in 2002, Texas has been home to only one Class II casino gaming facility in the last two decades. Thanks to a ruling in 2015, that’s about to change. The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe has been given the go-ahead to build a new casino in Livingston, and is expected to open its doors within the next two weeks. A job fair will be held Tuesday and Wednesday.
The tribe announced the Texas casino job fair late last week, scheduling four events across two days, Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 20. The first day of the job fair will welcome members of the tribe, while the second day is open to all members of the local community.
The schedule includes dual sessions from 11:30am to 1:30pm, and again from 4:30pm to 7:00pm on Tuesday (for tribal members).
Wednesday, the open community job fair will be hosted from 11:30am to 1:30pm, and again from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.
Anyone interested in gathering information on available positions, or putting in an application directly, is welcome to attend the new Texas casino’s job fair, to be held in the gym of the Tribal Multi-Purpose Center at 333 State Park Rd 56 in Livingston. Naskila Entertainment is looking to fill a wide range of employment positions, including managerial staff, technicians, customer support and service representatives.
“We would like to speak with you about the benefits of becoming a member of the Naskila Entertainment team,” reads a flyer posted on the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe’s Facebook page, promoting the new Texas casino’s job fair. “Gain face-to-face time to learn about all the new opportunities available at Naskila Entertainment.”
The following positions have been posted:
- Accountant, Auditors, Accounts Payable
- Cage & Vault Cashiers
- Count Team
- Security & EMT Services
- Machine Attendants & Technicians
- Database Analyst
- HR Generalist
- IT & Surveillance Technicians
- Food & Beverage Servers
- Kitchen Staff
- Guest Services Representatives
- Telephone Receptionist
- Retail Sales
There’s no word yet on exactly when Naskila Entertainment is going to hold it’s grand opening, but it is expected to happen on or before May 1, 2016. Located at 540 State Park Road 56, the new casino spans 15,000 square-feet, with about two-thirds dedicated to class II slot machines on the casino floor. The rest of the space will cater to dining and entertainment.
History of Texas Casinos
Texas isn’t exactly the friendliest of states when it comes to legal forms of gambling. Lottery, pari-mutuel racing and charitable bingo are the only forms legally permitted. However, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 gives federally recognized tribes the right to open casinos with limited gaming on their own sovereign lands.
In 1996, the Kickapoo Tribe opened Lucky Eagle Casino in Eagle Pass, TX, and it’s been generating millions for them ever since. The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe opened a casino in 2001, pulling in over $1 million per month, only to be shut down by court order 2002 after the state claimed the tribe was not federally recognized.
Last year, the National Indian Gaming Commission ruled that the Alabama-Coushatta’s federal recognition had been reinstated in 1987, one year prior to the IGRA, giving them the right to reopen their once-lucrative Texas casino for class II gaming.