Spokane Tribe of Indians to open casino Jan. 8

Jan 2, 2018 3:54 PM

In Washington State, the Spokane Tribe of Indians in Airway Heights have announced the delayed first phase of their casino project would open Monday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. Construction began in mid-November 2016, with hopes of a 2017 opening.

Tribal Council Chair Carol Evans said at a news conference, “I’m just so honored and proud to be here today. It’s been a long time coming for the Spokane Tribe, and we are very, very close to opening our beautiful casino.”

She added, “This means so much for our people, for the local area. It will help our people with jobs.”

The casino, which will employ about 350, is the first segment of a much larger project that will have a hotel, retail and other supporting businesses. There’s no timetable yet on additional phases.

The Spokane Tribe Casino will offer approximately 450 slot machines, 12 table games, a restaurant-bar, a deli and a gaming floor bar.

“To build on our ancestral homeland means so much to us,” Evans said.

Airway Heights is just west of Spokane. The city’s name was taken from its close proximity to the runways at Fairchild Air Force Base and Spokane International Airport.