Pamunkey Tribe to build casino in Va.

May 1, 2018 3:00 AM

Leaders of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe in Virginia say they are now moving forward with plans to acquire land, through purchase or lease, and build what they hope will be a world class resort housing the commonwealth’s first casino, local media report.

The now federally recognized tribe has revealed a location with more than 600 acres of land about 30 miles east of Richmond is under consideration as a potential site. The land, in New Kent County, is in proximity to Interstate 64 near exit 205.

The tribe proposes a $700 million development complete with a 1,200-room hotel, entertainment venue and numerous dining options.

They are still looking at other locations to determine what other property may be available.

The Pamunkeys, whose reservation is located about 12 miles away from the New Kent site, currently have no capital or business ventures.

The Tribe is one of 11 Virginia Indian tribes recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is Virginia’s first federally recognized tribe, receiving that status in January 2016. The historic Pamunkey tribe is one of only two that still retain reservation lands assigned by the 1646 and 1677 treaties with the English colonial government.