The Tulalip Tribes own and operate the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, Washington. Photo: Blake Handley
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University of Washington offers gaming and hospitality program

The University of Washington is offering a course in tribal gaming and hospitality to students for the first time.

The 10-credit program is a joint effort of the Foster School of Business and the Department of American Indian Studies. It expands on an existing partnership with the Washington Indian Gaming Association by offering classes in marketing, management and accounting to students at the university.

“There is a need for tribal employees to rise through the management ranks of these casinos and hotels. For UW students, this is a way in,” Christopher Teuton, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation who chairs the Department of American Indian Studies, said in a press release. “AIS is committed to creating programming that addresses tribal needs, and this is one of them.”

Classes will be taught at UW's campus in Seattle and at various tribal facilities, according to the press release.

Washington is home to 27 gaming facilities, operated by 21 tribes, according to the Washington State Gambling Commission.