Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation celebrates 20th birthday of gaming facility

The Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation owns and operates the Lucky 7 Casino and Hotel in Smith River, California. Photo by Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation

The Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation of California is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its gaming facility.

The facility now known as the Lucky 7 Casino and Hotel first opened in June 1996, The Del Norte Triplicate reported. It was housed in a double-wide mobile home, general manager John Scott told the paper.

The tribe at the time didn't have a Class III gaming compact. That finally changed in 1999 and it's been steady sailing ever since.

"There were about four or five years there of real struggle," Scott, who was worked at the casino since the beginning, told the paper. "Then in 1999, we signed a compact with the state and became legal.”

The tribe has slowly expanded the facility before building an entirely new casino in September 2001. A hotel was added in 2013 and the complex also includes a gas station.

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Lucky 7 turns 20 this month (The Del Norte Triplicate 7/11)

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