Spokane Tribe Casino Continues Construction Despite Lawsuit

Spokane Tribe Casino Continues Construction Despite Lawsuit

Despite two pending lawsuits, construction on a $400 million casino and retail project by the Spokane Tribe will move forward, based on tribal officials. The facility, announced in 2006, could just take up to 10 years to complete, no matter what the action that is legal.

Spokane Tribe Chairwoman, Carol Evans said construction regarding the $400 million casino project will continue despite two pending legal actions.

Tuesday, the three county commissioners voted unanimously to sue the US Interior Department in an attempt to block the development located in Airway Heights, a suburb nine miles from the 2nd biggest city in Washington State.

The other lawsuit is from the Kalispel Tribe, which own and operate the Northern Quest Casino around two miles through the proposed site.

They stated in the federal court to their filing that Spokane Tribe Casino ‘will have a devastating impact on Northern Quest, which funds nearly all of the Kalispel Tribe’s government operations.’

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The rival tribe is adamant that its plans will stay and they believe they have gone through the necessary procedures to build. Spokane Tribe Chairwoman Carol Evans told the Associated Press she was ‘saddened by the lawsuit’ but said construction will not be halted.

The company held a task fair, Wednesday, to start hiring the anticipated 5,000 workers. Besides the casino, the 145-acre task will feature a 300-room resort, res Continue reading “Spokane Tribe Casino Continues Construction Despite Lawsuit”