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EVP of Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility Jan Jones Blackhurst Skyline Headshot
Nov 15, 2018

Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month

by Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility

This November, we celebrate National Native American Heritage Month and take the time to recognize the rich cultures that have existed on this continent for thousands of years. It is also a time to acknowledge the unique challenges that Native people have faced in the past and which continue into the present.  

More than 20 years ago, Caesars Entertainment forged our first tribal partnership with the Ak-Chin Indian Community to open a Harrah’s resort near Phoenix, Arizona. Since then we have partnered with the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians to open the Harrah’s Resort Southern California and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to open Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino in North Carolina. These partnerships have been critical to the success of our expansion efforts across the country.  

We look forward to working with the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians, as we help the Tribe open a Harrah’s branded property next year near the California state capitol in Sacramento.  

I am proud of how our tribal partnerships have helped us expand our brands while also making us a more diverse company with strong leaders. Together we have become more than business partners – we are true community partners who provide economic and social opportunities for tribal members and local residents.

During this month, let us recognize those who have shaped our country’s character and reinforce our company’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.