A year ago, the tribe debuted the Cowlitz Ballroom, a 30,000 square-foot event center at ilani. A hotel is also in the works though it's still in the planning stages. The Cowlitz Reservation consists of 152 acres in Clark County in Washington. It was the first reservation to be placed in trust following the devastating U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Carcieri v. Salazar. Opponents, including a tribe in neighboring Oregon, cited Carcieri in hopes of keeping the land from going into trust. But the courts determined that the Cowlitz met the requirements laid out in the ruling, meaning that it was "under federal jurisdiction" in 1934 even though its status wasn't formally clarified until more recently.
We’re excited to announce that Cowlitz Crossing is now open!— ilani (@ilaniresort) April 23, 2019
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