Washington Tribal Casino Planned for 2007
As reported by the Seattle Times: "A new tribal casino that will be the first on the Eastside and the closest to Seattle could open as early as the fall of 2007.
"The Snoqualmie Tribe's five-year quest to build a casino on 56 acres off Interstate 90 east of Issaquah cleared a big hurdle Thursday when the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs gave the land federal reservation status.
"The 600-member tribe has been waiting since 2001 for that to happen so it could create its economic engine: a 150,000-square-foot casino 27 miles from Seattle.
"Getting reservation land status means the parcel falls under tribal authority and is generally exempt from state laws.
" It will be the newest addition to tribal gaming in the Puget Sound region, which has casinos operated by the Tulalip, Puyallup and Muckleshoot tribes "