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Navajo Tribe Starts Building Casino Facility

On April 12th, 2008, the Navajo Indian Tribe Economic Development Committee member Ralph Bennett remembers when the EDC first ask the Navajo People in a public hearing almost ten years ago if they wanted to host gambling activities on the Navajo tribe. Bennett said that they are very hesitant to ask the people about this issue because they were very harsh but nevertheless they asked the tribe members.

Nowadays the nation is a step closer to opening the doors of their very first casino facility with the approval of the loan documents and lease agreement by President Joe Shirley and the Chief Executive Officer of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise Robert Winter during an signing ceremony attended by more than one hundred members of the tribe and some dignitaries. The building of the new casino facility in Churchrock could start as early as this month and the expected opening date is on October, according to gaming counsel Ray Etcitty.

Controller Mark Grant commented that the casino facility will mean more employment opportunities and profits for the tribe. He added that the Navajo tribe intends to build four to five more casino facilities. After the first attempt of the Navajo Tribe to get a bank loan agreement did not go well, the tribe went to the Land Acquisition Fund to get the money that they needed. The contractor for the project was the Killian Group from the state of Missouri and JCJ Architecture from Phoenix has been chosen as the architect of the project.


05 May 2008
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Jessica Kellerman

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