*Editor’s Note: Previous information in the story stated the Fountainhead golf course property was placed into trust. According to MCN Public Relations, the land placed into trust is not the golf course and currently, the golf course is not in trust. The story was updated May 2, 8:39 p.m.
Plans moving forward after crucial step
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — On April 30, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief James Floyd met with officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior to sign documents finalizing the application to place a portion of the property located near the Fountainhead Creek Golf Course, located in Checotah, in trust.
The documents have been filed with McIntosh County making the 48 acres as trust property open to commercial and gaming development. This adds to a 14 acre adjoining tract of land already in trust.
According to MCN Public Relations, the golf course portion of the property is not in trust.
Floyd would not speculate on any future plans moving forward with the site but he said all options were being considered.
He went further in acknowledging the large public sentiment to rebuild a resort akin to the original that once stood on the site.
He said the local city governments and chambers of commerce (Eufaula and Checotah) have been very supportive of any future development.
Floyd also said that Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has also entertained the possibility of transferring the operations of the state park over the Nation.
He said that McIntosh County has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state and that any development done by the Nation will bring the possibility of other developers thus improving the local economy.