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Proposed Casino In Airway Heights

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AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Opposition groups to the proposed Spokane Tribe's new casino are surfacing. The casino is slated to go on 145 acres in Airway Heights near Craig Road. Currently the Bureau of Indian Affairs is reviewing the project. By federal law the tribe must get approval because the casino is proposed not on tribal land, but tribal trust land. Only five such approvals have been given nationwide, one of which is The Kalispel Tribe's Northern Quest Casino who opposes the project.

Grassroots community groups like the one Irv Zakheim spearheads are also against the new casino. "We don't need two big casinos in Airway Heights... there is no valid reason to have another big casino..." Zakheim suggests there isn't a market to support two large gaming resorts. For their part, the Spokane Tribe says the new resort would bring thousands of jobs to the area. Tribal Chairman Greg Abrahamson said today "there's not too many things coming to the Spokane area that can supply this type of jobs for not only the construction people but permanent jobs." 

If approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Department of the Interior and finally the Governor's office would have to sign off. The Spokane Tribe currently operates Two Rivers Casino and Chewelah Casino, both north of Spokane.
 
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