SENECA — The Wyandotte Nation will hold a grand opening of the new Sonic Drive-In, located at 2314 Cherokee Ave. in Seneca on Monday.

Festivities begin with a smoking ceremony at 9 a.m., and the business will open its doors at 10. The new restaurant is located just off of U.S. 60 on Missouri Highway 43, and the opening marks the first for a Native American tribe in the Sonic system.

Oklahoma City-based Sonic Corp. is the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants with more than 3,500 corporate and franchise stores.

The drive-in is the latest in the Wyandotte Tribe's continued economic development efforts. The tribe's business enterprises include telecommunications, IT, food service, precision manufacturing and the entertainment industry. The Tribe's economic development supports various programs for tribal citizens, including healthcare, housing, and education programs.

The Wyandotte Nation has more than 5,000 members nationwide.