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Stillaguamish Tribe to open casino expansion (12/19)

The Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington will open a new wing of its casino on December 28. The tribe spent $44 million to renovate and upgrade the Angel of the Winds Casino. The gaming floor will...

Shingle Springs Band welcomes thousands to casino (12/18)

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians said 10,000 people lined up for the opening of the Red Hawk Casino on Wednesday. Traffic was backed up on a major highway leading to the $530...

Businesses see boon thanks to Navajo Nation casino (12/18)

Businesses in Gallup, New Mexico, said they have seen a rise in traffic since the Navajo Nation opened its first casino on November 19. The Fire Rock Casino sees about 4,000 to 5,000 visitors...

Large crowds expected at Shingle Springs casino (12/17)

Large crowds are expected this evening as the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians opens its first casino in northern California. The 278,000 square-foot Red Hawk Casino is located off a major highway. The...

Cherokee Nation debuts part of casino expansion (12/16)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has completed the first phase of a $155 million casino expansion. The tribe added 30,000 square-feet to the gaming floor to the Cherokee Casino Resort in Catoosa. An 80-foot-long ice...

Shingle Springs Band readies opening of casino (12/15)

The The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians of California opens its first casino on Wednesday. The Red Hawk Casino features 2,000 slot machines, 75 gambling tables, six restaurants and four bars. It's located off...

Hundreds seek jobs at Quechan Nation casino (12/10)

The Quechan Nation plans to hire 1,000 people for its new casino. The Quechan Casino Resort near Yuma, Arizona, is expected to open in February 2009. The job center for the facility debuted yesterday...

Navajo Nation ramps up casino operating hours (12/10)

The Navajo Nation is ramping up the operating hours of its first casino. The Fire Rock Casino near Gallup, New Mexico, is currently open from 8am to 4am every day. But after this week,...

Nottawaseppi Huron Band busy building casino (12/10)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Indians is pouring millions of dollars into the Michigan economy with its first gaming facility. Work on the $300 million FireKeepers Casino began in May. Local firms...

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe delays casino debut (12/08)

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington has delayed the opening of a new casino. The $4 million, 7,000 square-foot building was supposed to open by Christmas. But electrical problems have delayed its debut...

Editorial: Navajo Nation rolls the dice with casino (12/05)

"The Navajo Nation opened its first casino on Nov. 19. So now what? That will be an interesting question to follow for a long time, as simply opening the doors to a new casino does...

County seeks agreement for Navajo Nation casino (12/04)

A New Mexico county is trying to negotiate with the Navajo Nation to address law enforcement at the tribe's first casino, The Gallup Independent reports. The Fire Rock Casino near Gallup, New Mexico, opened two...

Navajo medicine man not happy with casino (12/02)

A medicine man said he's worried about the spiritual impact of the first Navajo Nation casino. Gibson Gonnie said he's most upset about elders who visit the Fire Rock Casino near Gallup, New Mexico....

Northern Arapaho casino becomes big employer (12/02)

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming is employing 500 people at the new Wind River Casino. The casino opened six months ago. It's now the second-largest employer in RIverton. Casino marketing director Jackie Dorothy said...

Auburn Tribe scales back casino expansion (11/26)

The United Auburn Indian Community of California is scaling back a $1 billion expansion of the Thunder Valley Casino. A spokesperson said the tribe is responding to the downturn in the economy. "It's important given...

Stillaguamish Tribe to debut casino expansion (11/25)

The Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington is getting ready to open a $44 million expansion of the Angel of the Winds Casino. The expansion is scheduled to debut December 28. More than 84,000 square-feet are being...

Navajo casino took $1.2M on slots on first day (11/25)

The Navajo Nation says its first casino is exceeding expectations. The Fire Rock Casino opened last week near Gallup, New Mexico. President Joe Shirley Jr. said patrons put $1.2 million into slot machines on the...

Wichita and Affiliated Tribes open first casino (11/24)

The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes of Oklahoma opened its first casino last week. The Sugar Creek Casino is on 5 acres near a major interstate. "I want to see the casino pay off so we...

Quapaw Tribe debuts 12-story hotel at casino (11/24)

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma opened a 12-story, 222-room hotel at its casino on Saturday. The tribe says the hotel will turn the $301 million Downstream Casino Resort into a true destination. “It is...

Quechan President: Tribe open about casino project (11/24)

"There have been several stories in The Sun concerning the financing of the Quechan Casino Resort which did not contain factual information. The Quechan Nation normally does not respond to the local media but...

Navajo Nation expects $32M a year from casino (11/21)

A Navajo Nation expects to generate $32 million a year from its new casino. The Fire Rock Casino near Gallup, New Mexico, opened on Wednesday to large crowds. It's the tribe's first foray into...

Three charged in Snoqualmie casino scam (11/21)

Authorities in Washington have charged three men with trying to cheat the new casino owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe. The men are accused of a scam involving roulette games at Casino Snoqualmie. Police said they...

Thousands flock to Navajo Nation casino opening (11/20)

A reported 4,000 people showed up to the first casino owned by the Navajo Nation on Wednesday. The Fire Rock Casino near Gallup, New Mexico, only has space for 1,800 so lots of customers were...

Nooksack Tribe marks one-year casino anniversary (11/19)

The Nooksack Tribe of Washington says business is better than expected at its new casino. The Nooksack Northwood Casino opened a year ago amid litigation and warnings of crime. But the county sheriff said...

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The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians announced the December 17 opening of its casino after winning federal approval of its tribal-state Class III gaming compact. The Red Hawk Casino features 2,000 slot machines, 75...

Southern Ute Tribe unveils new casino resort (11/18)

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado opens the doors to its new casino resort today. The Sky Ute Casino Resort and Conference Center features a casino with 540 slot machines, 12 table games and...

Meskwaki Tribe starts serving liquor at casino (11/17)

The Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa began serving liquor at its casino over the weekend. Sales are limited to the gaming floor and the restaurant at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel. No liquor is allowed...

Navajo Nation to open first casino this week (11/17)

The Navajo Nation, the largest tribe in the U.S., is finally opening its first casino on Wednesday. The $30 million Fire Rock Casino features a 65,000 square-foot gaming space with 472 slot machines, a...

Cherokee Nation brings Hard Rock to Oklahoma (11/14)

The Cherokee Nation is bringing the Hard Rock name to Oklahoma. The tribe signed a licensing deal to brand its new $155 million casino as the Hard Rock Casino Tulsa. The agreement needs approval...

Gila River Tribe set for opening of $60M casino (11/11)

The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona will open a $60 million casino next week despite a downturn in gaming revenues in the state. The 120,000-square-foot Lone Butte Casino is located near Chandler. It features...

Cherokee Nation debuts expansion of casino (11/11)

The Cherokee Nation debuted a big expansion of its casino in West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma, near the Arkansas border. The gaming floor now stretches more than 200,000 square-feet. That's a lot bigger than the...

Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe watches economy (11/10)

Gaming revenues are up but the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe of Washington is still feeling the effects of the economy. The tribe 7 Cedars Casino saw a 15 percent increase in visitors from October 2007. The...

Little Traverse Bay Bands rating downgraded (11/07)

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan is not in danger of defaulting on its loans, Chairman Frank Ettawageshik said. Ettawageshik acknowledged the tough economic climate is affecting the tribe's gaming business....

Forum discusses impact of Navajo Nation casino (11/07)

A forum at the University of New Mexico-Gallup examined the impact of the new Navajo Nation that will open later this month. Tribal representatives said the $35 million Fire Rock Casino will generate revenue...

Snoqualmie Tribe opens doors to $375M casino (11/07)

The Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington opened the doors to its $375 million casino on Thursday night. The 170,000 square-foot Snoqualmie Casino features 1,700 gaming machines, table games and a poker room. The tribe created...

Seminole Tribe to spend $12M on casino expansion (11/07)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida will spend $12 million to expand one of its casinos. The project will add 35,000 square-feet to the Seminole Immokalee Casino. More room is needed to make way for...

Gila River Tribe close to opening of casino (11/07)

The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona will be opening its new casino on November 20. The 120,000 square-foot Lone Butte Casino will feature 850 slot machines, 24 blackjack tables and a 750-seat bingo...

Native students in New Mexico to host gaming forum (11/04)

The Native American Student Club at the University of New Mexico-Gallup will host a forum on gaming on Wednesday. Club president Rhianan M. Curley said the forum was timed to coincide with the planned...

Nottawaseppi Huron casino ahead of schedule (11/04)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan continues work on the $300 million FireKeepers Casino. Construction is ahead of schedule, The Battle Creek Enquirer reports. The facility is due to open in summer...

Eastern Cherokee casino sees drop in visitors (11/03)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has seen a 15 percent drop in visits to its North Carolina casino. Figures haven't been reported but they could spell bad times for the tribe amid a...

Quapaw Tribe set to open hotel at $300M casino (11/03)

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma will host a grand opening for its casino hotel on November 22. The 22-story hotel at the Downstream Casino Resort features 222 rooms, a retail shop and meeting rooms....

Snoqualmie Tribe to debut $375M this week (11/03)

The Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington opens its $375 million casino resort to the public on Thursday. The Snoqualmie Casino features a 170,000 square-foot gaming floor, 1,700 slot machines and five restaurants. It's only about...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe to expand casino (10/31)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan is moving ahead with plans to expand one of its casinos even after announcing cuts to gaming jobs. But the growth of Saganing Eagle's Landing Casino won't come too...

Salt River Tribe spends $400M on casino resort (10/30)

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of Arizona is spending $400 million on a new casino resort. Casino Arizona will feature a 240,000 square-foot gaming floor, a 497-room hotel, eight restaurants, 10 lounges and a...

Muscogee Nation plans $160M casino resort (10/29)

The Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma announced plans for a $160 million casino resort, to be built in three phases. The first phase of the River Spirit Casino in Tulsa will feature a 300,000 square-foot...

Quechan Nation hasn't secured casino financing (10/23)

The Quechan Nation hasn't secured financing to complete a $214 million casino, The Yuma Sun reports. In Wednesday's edition of the Quechan News, the tribal paper, the tribal council said it hadn't found $25...

San Pasqual Band breaks ground on casino hotel (10/21)

The San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians broke ground on a hotel at the Valley View Casino on Monday. The 161-room hotel is expected to open in early 2010. It includes a spa, fitness center,...

Salt River Tribe continues gaming expansion (10/16)

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community The tribe began construction on the new Casino Arizona in January. The project is expected to take about two years to complete. "The people of this community have...

Red Lake Nation breaks ground on new casino (10/14)

The Red Lake Nation of Minnesota broke ground on a new casino and hotel that is scheduled to open in November 2009. The facility will feature 270 slot machines, a 40-room hotel, a restaurant,...

Quechan president mum on casino financing (10/14)

Quechan Nation President Mike Jackson won't say whether the tribe has secured financing to complete a $125 million casino expansion. Work at the Quechan Casino Resort near Yuma, Arizona, is about 60 percent complete....

Poarch Band busy expanding casino operation (10/13)

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians debuted an expansion of its Riverside Casino in Wetumpka, Alabama, last week. The 39,000 square-foot casino is more than double the size of the original facility. The tribe...

Cherokee Nation holds Indian-only casino job fair (10/13)

The Cherokee Nation is holding an Indian-only job fair next month. The tribe wants tribal members and other Indians to get a first shot at 1,000 new jobs at the Cherokee Casino in Catoosa. "There...

Quechan Nation keeps gaming expansion afloat (10/08)

The Quechan Nation has poured $4.2 million of its own funds into a casino expansion project to avoid a financial meltdown. The tribe is undertaking a $125 million expansion of the Quechan Casino Resort...

Poarch Creek casino expected to lead growth in region (10/07)

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is banking big on a new casino resort in southern Alabama. The 17-story Wind Creek Casino Hotel will feature 1,600 electronic gaming machines. The facility isn't done yet but...

Quechan Nation seeks new financing for casino (10/07)

The Quechan Nation is looking for new financing to continue a $214 million casino expansion project, President Mike Jackson said. The tribe needs $25 million to finish work at the Quechan Casino Resort. The...

Coquille Tribe cuts more than 30 casino jobs (10/03)

The Coquille Tribe of Oregon has cut 37 jobs at the Mill Casino Hotel. Employees showed up to work on Tuesday only to find out they lost their jobs. The casino eliminated Keno and got...

Mohegan Tribe debuts Margaritaville at casino (09/30)

The chairman of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut urged patrons to "rock on" despite economic woes that have halted an expansion at the Mohegan Sun casino. The reason for the upbeat attitude was the...

Cherokee Nation to hire 500 at expanded casino (09/29)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will hire more than 500 people at one of its casinos. A job fair will be held later this week to fill the posts at the casino in West...

Northern Arapaho Tribe brings back bingo games (09/29)

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming has resumed bingo games at one of its casinos. The tribe halted bingo at the 789 Smoke Shop and Casino in order to bring in electronic gaming machines. The...

Quechan Nation closer to opening of casino (09/26)

The Quechan Nation is 65 percent closer to opening its new casino resort near Yuma, Arizona. The 300,000-square-foot Quechan Casino Resort will feature a cafe, steakhouse, sports bar, events center and hotel. It's scheduled...

Thousands seek jobs at Shingle Springs casino (09/23)

More than 14,000 people have applied for jobs at the casino being opened by the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians of California. The Red Hawk Casino is scheduled open later this year. With...

Blackfeet Nation marks second anniversary of casino (09/23)

The Blackfeet Nation of Montana will hold a second anniversary celebration of its Glacier Peaks Casino. Casino executives say they have reason to be happy. After a rough first year, the tribe is making...

Navajo Nation delays first casino by two months (09/19)

The Navajo Nation has delayed the opening of its first casino by two months. The $22 million Fire Rock Casino in Church Rock, New Mexico, was due to open October 15. But delays attributed...

Grand Traverse Band to improve casino roads (09/17)

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians will use $2.2 million in federal funds to improve roads at its casino. The tribe is using its Indian Reservation Road money to fund the project....

Editorial: Snoqualmie Casino a boost to community (09/12)

"Snoqualmie Casino is set to open its doors in less than two months to plenty of fan fare. While excitement looms over the opening, a bit of anxiety from residents and city officials of both...

Pojoaque Pueblo hosts grand opening for casino (09/04)

Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico brought out the showgirls, a modified Las Vegas sign and the Flying Elvi for the grand opening of its $275 million Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino on Wednesday. The...

Coushatta Tribe closes casino due to hurricane (08/31)

The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana shut down its casino on Sunday morning out of precaution for Hurricane Gustav. The closing of the Coushatta Casino Resort is temporary. The tribe plans to reopen the facility once...

Pojoaque Pueblo considers use for old racetrack (08/29)

After being denied a New Mexico gaming license, Pojoaque Pueblo will debate what to do with a former racetrack. The tribe wanted to operate slot machines at the Downs at Santa Fe. But the state...

Mohegan Tribe won't let economy derail casino (08/29)

Business hasn't been the greatest for the Mohegan Tribe in the past few months but that didn't stop a $925 million expansion of the Mohegan Sun Casino. The tribe debuts the Casino of the...

Soo Tribe's commercial casino debuts expansion (08/28)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is debuting an expansion of its commercial casino in Detroit, Michigan, today. The tribe has been operating Greektown Casino in a temporary space. The facility's permanent...

Mohegan Tribe to debut $925M casino expansion (08/27)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut will debut the first phase of a $925 million expansion of the Mohegan Sun Casino on Friday. The 64,000-square-foot Casino of the Wind includes more than 650 slot machines and...

Seneca Nation to expand off-reservation casino (08/26)

The Seneca Nation of New York is expanding one of its off-reservation casinos. The tribe will add 200 more rooms to the Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel in Niagara Falls. The project is expected to...

Quapaw Tribe to work on roads around new casino (08/26)

The commission in Cherokee County, Kansas, approved the Quapaw Tribe's plans to improve roads around its new casino. The $301 million Downstream Casino Resort opened in July. It's located in parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and...

Prairie Island Tribe opens $50M casino expansion (08/25)

The Prairie Island Indian Community of Minnesota debuted a $50 million expansion of its casino on Friday. The tribe renovated and expanded the hotel at the Treasure Island Resort and Casino. A family entertainment...

Tulalip Tribes debut $130M hotel next to casino (08/20)

The Tulalip Tribes of Washington held a grand opening for its $130 million hotel. The 12-story, 370-room hotel features 30,000 square-feet of meeting space and a 14,000-square-foot spa. It's part of the Tulalip Resort...

Nottawaseppi Huron Band sees future in casino (08/18)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians is banking on a casino to create new opportunities for the Michigan tribe. Nearly half of the adult members of the tribe are unemployed. But some are...

Nottawaseppi Huron casino on the fast track (08/14)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians is moving quickly to complete its long-delayed casino in Michigan. The tribe began work on the FireKeepers Casino in May. Construction of the 236,000 square-foot facility is expected...

Oregon tribes expand casinos amid economic woes (08/13)

Tribes in Oregon aren't letting concerns about the economy affect their casino plans even though the downturn is definitely having an affect on business. The Coquille Tribe spent $40 million to add a hotel and...

Thousands attend opening of Pojoaque casino (08/13)

Thousands of people flocked to the "soft" opening of the new casino owned by Pojoaque Pueblo in northern New Mexico. Some people found the $245 million Buffalo Thunder Resort too overwhelming. "It's so big,...

Eastern Cherokees consider Class II facility (08/13)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians might open a Class II facility on its reservation in North Carolina. The tribe is studying potential sites for the casino. A decision could come by the end of...

Stillaguamish Tribe sees boost in casino business (08/13)

Despite the downturn in the economy, the Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington says business at its casino is doing well. The Angel of the Winds Casino sees about 800,000 visitors a year and will top...

Quechan elders continue fight against casino (08/12)

Elders of the Quechan Nation are still trying to stop their tribe from opening a casino near a sacred site. Construction is already underway at the $200 million facility near Pine Knob in Arizona. Tribal...

Layoffs at Little Traverse Bay Bands casino (08/12)

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians is laying off as many as 100 full-time and part-time employees at its casino in Michigan. The downturn in the economy has affected the Odawa Casino...

Lac du Flambeau casino in Mississippi set to open (08/12)

A Mississippi casino boat being backed by the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa of Wisconsin is on track for an opening in early 2009. The tribe is a partner in the Grand...

Soo Tribe's casino in Detroit to open August 29 (08/05)

The commercial casino that is majority owned by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will open on August 29, earlier than anticipated. The Greektown Casino in Detroit has been operating in a...

Pojoaque Pueblo readies biggest expansion ever (08/04)

Pojoaque Pueblo in northern New Mexico is getting ready to open what will be the biggest gaming facility in the state. The Buffalo Thunder Resort debuts August 12. The $245 million facility features a...

Soo Tribe announces layoffs of casino employees (07/31)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians plans to lay off about two percent of its workforce. Chairman Joe McCoy said the tribe's financial situation forced the reduction. "Unfortunately, over the years, millions in...

Nottawaseppi Huron casino set for 2009 opening (07/30)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Pottawatomi Indians says its casino in Michigan will open in the summer of 2009. The $300 million, 236,000 square-foot FireKeepers Casino is located near Battle Creek. It will include...

Choctaw Nation breaks ground on $12.3M casino (07/30)

The Choctaw Nation broke ground on a $12.3 million casino near McAlester, Oklahoma. The 35,000-square-foot facility will house 700 gaming machines and table games. It will employ about 100 people. The casino is expected to...

Pokagon Band nears one-year anniversary of casino (07/29)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is about to mark the one-year anniversary of its casino in Michigan. The Four Winds Casino opened to the public on August, 2, 2007. The facility brings in about...

Mohegan Tribe opens casino expansion next month (07/25)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut will open the $925 million expansion of its casino on August 29. The Casino of the Wind project adds 1.4 million square-feet to the Mohegan Sun Casino. Poker will...

Colville Tribes halt construction on $25M casino (07/24)

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington halted work on a $25 million casino. Construction began a little over a week ago but was stopped when human remains were discovered on the site...

Auburn Rancheria starts work on casino expansion (07/24)

The United Auburn Indian Community of California broke ground on a casino expansion that analysts say could cost up to $1 billion. The tribe opened the Thunder Valley Casino in 2003. The facility has...

Navajo Nation makes plans for second casino (07/24)

The Navajo Nation Council approved $650,000 for the tribe's second casino. The facility will be located in Tse Daa Kaan, New Mexico. The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise will use the money to buy a modular...

Twenty-Nine Palms Band delays casino work (07/17)

The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians has delayed construction of its casino due to the discovery of an endangered species. The tribe was moving forward with plans for the Nuwu Casino Resort and RV...

Witchcraft concerns halt Navajo casino work (07/14)

Concerns over witchcraft have halted construction on the first Navajo Nation casino, The Gallup Independent reports. Some soil from an archaeological site was apparently used as fill at the $22 million Fire Rock Casino...

Worker injured at Cherokee casino expansion (07/11)

A construction worker suffered minor injuries in an accident at the Cherokee Nation's casino in Catoosa, Oklahoma. The worker fell from the 16th floor to the 14th floor of a hotel under construction at...

New Quapaw casino a threat to gaming company (07/10)

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma opened a massive casino to large crowds over the July 4 weekend and the development could force one of the nation's largest gaming companies to drop a casino bid in...

Southern Ute Tribe on track to open new casino (07/09)

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado plans to open its new casino later this year. The Sky Ute Casino Resort includes 45,000 square-feet of gaming space with about 700 slot machines, 10 table games...

Mohegan Tribe readies Pennsylvania casino (07/09)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut will open a permanent casino in Pennsylvania on July 17. The 300,000-square-foot Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will house 2,150 slot machines. Another 350 machines will remain at an...

Colville Tribes break ground on $24M Omak Casino (07/09)

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington broke ground on a new casino on Monday. The $24 million Omak Casino will be located near the site of the Okanogan Bingo Casino. The tribe...

Eastern Cherokees to continue $650M casino expansion (07/08)

The casino owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will undergo a $650 million expansion. The expansion will double the size of the gaming floor at the Harrah's Cherokee Casino. The tribe will...

Thousands flock to Quapaw Tribe's new casino (07/07)

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma opened the $301 million Downstream Casino Resort to large crowds on Saturday. Within a hour of opening, more than 10,000 people filled the gaming floor, the tribe said. Traffic...

Hannahville Tribe opens golf course at casino (07/04)

The Hannahville Indian Community of Michigan will open a golf course at its casino next week. The Sweetgrass Golf Club at the Island Resort & Casino is part of the tribe's effort to attract...

Quapaw Tribe to open $301M casino on Saturday (07/03)

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma will open its $301 million casino resort on Saturday. The media got a preview of the million square-feet Downstream Casino Resort. It features 70,000 square-feet of gaming space with...

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe wants Class III compact (07/03)

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is planning to open a Class II facility but would eventually like to negotiate a Class III compact with South Dakota, the tribe's construction manager said. The tribe plans...

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe plans new casino (07/02)

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe plans to build a Class II gaming facility on Lake Oahe in South Dakota. The gaming site is on the reservation but the tribe is seeking approval from the Stanley...

Pojoaque Pueblo to debut new casino in August (06/30)

Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico will open its new casino on August 12. The $245 million Buffalo Thunder Resort features a casino, hotel and convention space. It's the tribe's second casino and third hotel. Gov....

Muscogee Nation hopes to open casino in 2009 (06/30)

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma hopes to open the first phase of its new casino in early 2009. The 272,000 square-foot facility in Tulsa will feature a casino with 2,800 gaming machines, a...

Thousands seek jobs at first Navajo Nation casino (06/27)

Nearly 2,000 people attended a job fair on Wednesday for the first Navajo Nation casino, The Gallup Independent reported. The $22 million Fire Rock Casino opens in October at the Church Rock Chapter east of...

Absentee Shawnee casino to celebrate 21 years (06/26)

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma is celebrating the 21st anniversary of its casino. The tribe will hold a powwow on Friday and Saturday at the Thunderbird Casino near Norman. Dancers and drummers can compete...

Grand Traverse Band touts new casino as 'green' (06/25)

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians opened a new casino on Tuesday that the tribe is touting as environmentally friendly. The tribe built the $116 million Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel...

Isleta Pueblo prepares to open $100M casino resort (06/25)

Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico is getting ready to open a $100 million casino. The Isleta Casino and Resort will open July 1. The facility is the fourth in the Albuquerque area, where two-thirds of...

Tulalip Tribes open $130 million hotel at casino (06/20)

The Tulalip Tribes of Washington open a $130 million hotel at the Tulalip Casino today. The tribe hopes the 12-story will bring more visitors to the reservation. It's near the casino, the amphitheatre, the...

Salt River Tribe marks 10-year casino anniversary (06/20)

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of Arizona opened its first casino ten years ago, on June 19, 1998. Located in a small tent, Casino Arizona housed just 30 table games. But it was...

Forest County Potawatomi open casino expansion (06/19)

The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe holds a grand opening today for the $240 million expansion of its casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The tribe added 1,500 slot machines, 60 table games, a bigger poker room and...

Mohegan Tribe to open new Pennsylvania casino (06/18)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut will open its permanent casino in Pennsylvania ahead of schedule. The new Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is set to open July 17. The 300,000-square-foot facility will contain 2,500...

Navajo Nation casino under construction (06/18)

The Navajo Nation began construction of its first casino on Monday. More than 100 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony in Churchrock, New Mexico. The gaming site is off a major interstate near Gallup. The 27,000-square-foot...

Navajo Nation prepares to open first casino in October (06/17)

The Navajo Nation is set to open its first casino in October. The $22 million Fire Rock Casino is located near Gallup, New Mexico. The 65,000-square-foot facility will house 300 slot machines, table games and...

Quapaw Tribe buys more land near new casino (06/17)

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma is buying more land around its new casino. The $301 million Downstream Casino Resort is set to open July 5. The facility is located in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. The...

Stoney Nakoda First Nation debuts casino (06/11)

The Stoney Nakoda First Nation of Alberta opened a $65 million casino resort on Tuesday. Tribal leaders said the casino will help bring the reserve out of poverty. About 80 percent of residents lack...

Quapaw Tribe gives tour of $301M casino (06/10)

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma gave a tour of its new $301 million casino to officials in Cherokee County, Kansas. Chairman John Berrey showed the commissioner around the Downstream Casino Resort. The facility, which...

Quapaw Tribe moves closer to opening new casino (06/04)

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma is a month away from opening its new casino. The $300 million Downstream Casino Resort is located in Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas. The gaming portion is on the Oklahoma side....

Northern Arapaho casino set for grand opening (06/03)

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming opens its new casino on Thursday. The tribe held a soft opening for the 45,000-square-foot Wind River Casino in May. This week's grand opening features a performance by the...

Sault Tribe's Detroit casino declares bankruptcy (05/30)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for its commercial casino in Detroit, Michigan. The tribe has a majority stake in Greektown Casino, one...

Work continues on new Salt River casino resort (05/28)

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of Arizona continues work on a large casino resort near Scottsdale. The Casino Arizona Resort & Spa will feature a 240,000 square-feet of gaming and entertainment space, more...

Pokagon Band's casino becomes tourist hub (05/27)

Since opening last August, the casino owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians has become a tourist destination in southwestern Michigan. The Four Winds Casino Resort has had a positive impact on the economy,...

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes break ground on casino (05/23)

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho broke ground on Thursday on a satellite casino. The satellite location of the Fort Hall Casino will feature up to 100 gaming machines, a cafe, a smoke shop and a...

Mashantucket Tribe debuts MGM branded casino (05/19)

Celebrities and gamblers turned out by the droves for the grand opening of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation's newest casino. The tribe teamed up with Vegas giant MGM Grand to open the new MGM...

New Saginaw Chippewa casino spawns development (05/16)

With its new casino doing better than expected, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe is moving quickly on new developments in Standish, Michigan. The Saganing Eagles Landing Casino opened in January. The tribe earned $17 million...

Navajo Nation's first casino encounters hurdles (05/14)

The Navajo Nation plans to open its first casino in New Mexico this year but the tribe is already running into some roadblocks. The tribe originally planned a July 4 opening for the facility in...

Shingle Springs Band offers preview of casino (05/14)

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians plans to open the Red Hawk Casino in December. The tribe gave the media a preview of the facility, which broke ground earlier this year. The casino...

Pojoaque Pueblo names team for new casino resort (05/13)

Pojoaque Pueblo in northern New Mexico has chosen a management team for its new casino resort. The tribe partnered with Hilton Hotels on the Buffalo Thunder Resort. When the resort opens in August, it will...

Hundreds seek jobs at Quapaw Tribe's casino (05/12)

More than 800 people applied for jobs at the casino being opened by the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma. The tribe plans to hire 1,200 people at the Downstream Casino Resort. The $301 million facility...

Seminole Tribe opens first Hard Rock music park (05/07)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has opened the first music-themed Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The park features rides, games, restaurants and other attractions built around music. All genres and eras...

Southern Ute Tribe continues work on new casino (05/06)

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado is busy building a new casino that is scheduled to open later this year. The new Sky Ute Casino will replace the existing facility. It features about 700...

Northern Arapaho Tribe's casino a big change (05/05)

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming is bringing a little bit of Vegas to the Wind River Reservation. The tribe held a soft opening last week for the 45,000-square-foot Wind River Casino. With Class III...

Soft opening for Northern Arapaho Tribe's casino (04/30)

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming held a soft opening on Tuesday for the Wind River Casino in Riverton. The 45,000-square-foot casino features gift shop, restaurant, cafe conference and VIP room. It employs over...

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes plan three new casinos (04/30)

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho announced plans for two new casinos on the Fort Hall Reservation. This summer, the tribe will break ground on a small casino in Fort Hall. But an even bigger resort...

Nottawaseppi Huron Band set for construction (04/28)

Despite a lack of construction activity, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians says its casino near Battle Creek, Michigan, will open in June 2009. The tribe was supposed to start work on the FireKeepers...

Snoqualmie Tribe in dispute amid casino work (04/25)

A leadership dispute within the Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington threatens its $330 million casino, Chairman Bill Sweet says. Sweet was elected last May. But a rival group of tribal members, led by honorary chief...

Menominee Nation to spend $80M on casino (04/23)

The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin plans to spend $80 million to upgrade its casino on the reservation. The tribe plans to renovate the gaming floor at the Menominee Casino-Bingo-Hotel, expand the hotel and add a...

Quapaw Tribe plans second hotel at $301M casino (04/21)

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma is planning to add a second hotel at its $301 million casino resort. The Downstream Casino Resort is set to open in July. It will come with a 12-story,...

Q&A with Agua Caliente chair about casino hotel (04/18)

The Palm Springs Desert Sun sits down with Richard Milanovich, the chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, to talk about the grand opening of the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa's $300...

Agua Caliente Band set to open casino hotel (04/17)

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is preparing to open a new hotel at its casino in Rancho Mirage, California. The $300 million Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa features a 230-room hotel,...

Poarch Band celebrates $250M casino project (04/14)

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama held a topping out ceremony for the $250 million Wind Creek Casino and Hotel. The casino portion of the project is scheduled to open this December. It...

Navajo Nation to sign loans for first casino (04/11)

The Navajo Nation is holding a signing ceremony today for its first casino. President Joe Shirley Jr. will be in Church Rock, New Mexico, to sign $35 million loan papers for the project. The tribe...

Sac and Fox Nation unveils casino expansion (04/11)

The Sac and Fox Nation of Kansas has doubled the size of its casino, making it the second largest in the state. The Sac & Fox Casino has hundreds of new gaming machines, a...

Shingle Springs Band to hire 1,750 for new casino (04/10)

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians in California plans to hire about 1,750 for its new casino. The Red Hawk Casino opens this fall. Applications are being accepted online and at locations in the...

Navajo Nation hires firms to build first casino (04/10)

The Navajo Nation has hired two firms to build its first casino in New Mexico. The Killian Group of Cos. and Kennedy Wendel will manage and build the facility in Church Rock, near Gallup. Construction...

Nambe Pueblo opens travel center at casino site (04/09)

Nambe Pueblo in northern New Mexico opened a travel center at the site of its future casino. The Nambe Falls Travel Center is located along a major interstate. It features a gas station, an...

Fort Sill Apache Tribe opens eatery at casino site (04/08)

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma on Monday opened an eatery and a smokeshop at its casino site in southern New Mexico. The Apache Homelands Snack Bar is open 24 hours. It's one...

Agua Caliente Band set for casino opening (04/04)

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is opening a $300 million of its casino in Rancho Mirage, California, in two weeks. The Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa will open to the public on...

Lummi Nation to spend $8M on casino expansion (04/04)

The Lummi Nation of Washington will break ground in May on an $8 million expansion of the Silver Reef Casino. The tribe will add 8,000 square-feet to the facility. The space will be used...

Agua Caliente Band to open new hotel at casino (03/28)

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is preparing for the opening of a $300 million hotel at its Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California. The 16-story, 340-room hotel isn't the only addition...

Cow Creek Tribe to add $40M hotel to casino (03/28)

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Oregon broke ground on a $40 million hotel at the Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino Resort. The hotel doubles the number of rooms at the facility...

Pechanga Band closes two nightclubs at casino (03/26)

The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians has closed two nightclubs at the Pechanga Resort & Casino. The Pechanga Development Corp. said the Eagle's Nest and the Silk club had too many alcohol-related problems. Silk...

Tohono O'odham Nation casino has most slot machines (03/26)

The Tohono O'odham Nation's newest casino has the most slot machines of any single facility in Arizona. The $125 million Desert Diamond Casino and Hotel opened last October. It features 1,089 slot machines, a...

Northern Arapaho Tribe to open casino on May 1 (03/25)

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming is opening a new casino on May 1. The 45,000-square-foot Wind River Casino will be the largest in the state. It features 750 gaming machines, eight table games, two...

New Mexico tribe scales back plans for casino (03/24)

Nambe Pueblo of New Mexico has scaled back plans for its first casino after losing Full House Resorts as a managing partner. The tribe envisioned a large casino with a "Star Trek" theme. But competition...

Navajo Nation set to open first casino in October (03/21)

The Navajo Nation plans to break ground on its first casino in April and open the facility in mid-October. The casino will be located in Church Rock, near Gallup, New Mexico. It will be funded...

Tigua Tribe says sweepstakes is not gambling (03/14)

The Tigua Tribe of Texas is offering patrons of its Speaking Rock Entertainment Center a chance to win a sweepstakes. But the sweepstakes is not a form of gambling, manager Karl Maahs said. That...

Column: Snoqualmie Tribe set for top-notch casino (03/12)

"Forget the poker tables and slot machines. When it opens late this year, I'll be in Casino Snoqualmie's gourmet restaurant or lounge. Tuesday morning I toured the building, still mostly steel beams and open...

Quapaw Tribe to hire up to 1,200 for casino (03/07)

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma is planning to hire 1,200 people for its $300 million Downstream Casino Resort. The tribe has set up kiosks at a mall in Joplin, Kansas, to take job applications....

Ponca Tribe seeks to improve roads for casino (03/07)

The Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma is seeking to improve roads leading to its proposed $60 million casino. The tribe met with officials in Cowley County last week to discuss improvements to at least four...

Nottawaseppi Huron Band seeks locals for casino (03/06)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians says it will hire local people to build its casino near Battle Creek, Michigan. The Firekeepers Casino seeks to hire 700 people for the construction. Clark Construction...

Mashantucket Tribe starts booking for new hotel (03/04)

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut began accepting reservations for its new hotel, set to open in May. Within the first few hours, the MGM Grand at Foxwoods already had nearly 200 reservations. The...

Shingle Springs Band marks casino milestone (02/29)

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians in California is moving closer to opening its first casino. The tribe placed the final beam for the Foothill Oaks Casino earlier this week. "This is a dream...

Pojoaque Pueblo to hire 800 for new casino resort (02/28)

Pojoaque Pueblo in northern New Mexico is creating 800 jobs at its new casino resort. The Buffalo Thunder Resort is scheduled to open in August. It features a casino and a Hilton-branded hotel. The resort...

County sues to stop Quapaw Tribe's casino (02/27)

Commissioners in Cherokee County, Kansas, filed suit against the Interior Department in hopes of stopping the Quapaw Tribe from building a casino. The $300 million Downstream Casino Resort is located on three parcels of...

Nottawaseppi Huron Band to hire 700 for casino (02/27)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians in Michigan plan to hire up to 700 people to build its first casino. The tribe is hosting a job fair next Tuesday. Work on the FireKeepers Casino...

Editorial: Buena Vista Band forces will on county (02/26)

"In Amador County, all the smart money says take the deal. Allow the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians to build a casino near the hamlet of Ione, 40 miles southeast of Sacramento. In exchange,...

Ponca Tribe hires firm to develop casino (02/15)

The Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma has hired Sunway-Postoak Advisory Inc., an Indian-owned firm, to develop, design and build a casino. Sunway-Postoak Advisory is owned by Wayne Postoak, a member of the Choctaw Nation. Postoak...

Omaha Tribe breaks ground on casino expansion (02/07)

The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska broke ground on a $3.2 million expansion of its CasinOmaha in Iowa. The expansion will occur in two phases. The first, to be completed in June, is an entirely new...

Mashantucket Tribe to open MGM casino on May 17 (02/06)

Mark your calendars: May 17 is the opening day for the MGM Grand at Foxwoods on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in Connecticut. The tribe partnered with Vegas giant MGM Mirage on the $700...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe welcomes new casino (01/25)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan held a grand opening for its newest casino on Thursday. The $44 million Saganing Eagle's Landing Casino 747 slot machines and video table games. The facility is about 32,000-square-feet....

Committee to study impact of Nottawaseppi casino (01/22)

A committee in Calhoun County, Michigan, will study the impact of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi's new casino. After a long court battle, the tribe began construction on the FireKeepers Casino. The facility...

Work continues on $200M Quapaw casino (01/21)

Work continues on the Quapaw Tribe's $200 million casino near the intersections of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. The Downstream Casino Resort is set to open this summer. A hotel at the site will open...

Wyandotte Nation dedicates Kansas City casino (01/11)

After years of court battles, the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma dedicated its new casino in Kansas on Thursday. The 7th Street Casino is located on trust land in downtown Kansas City. The 20,000-square-foot ,...

Wyandotte Nation reopens Kansas City casino (01/10)

The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma reopens its casino in Kansas, this evening. The 7th Street Casino is located on trust land in downtown Kansas City. The state of Kansas disputes the legality of the gaming...

Dry Creek Rancheria ready to expand casino (01/09)

The Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians in California hopes to start work on a $300 million expansion of its casino as early as next month. The tribe plans to replace the tent-like structure...

Cherokee Nation plans $25M hotel at casino (01/08)

The Cherokee Nation on Monday unveiled plans for a $25 million hotel at its casino near West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma. The eight-story hotel will feature 140 rooms. The theme will be based on Cherokee...
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