Despite two pending lawsuits, construction on a $400 million casino and retail project by the Spokane Tribe will move forward, in accordance with tribal officials. The facility, announced in 2006, could simply take up to ten years to complete, regardless of the action that is legal.
Spokane Tribe Chairwoman, Carol Evans said construction on the $400 million casino project will continue despite two pending lawsuits.
Tuesday, the 3 county commissioners voted unanimously to sue the United States Interior Department in an effort to block the development situated in Airway Heights, a suburb nine miles from the second largest town in Washington State.
The other lawsuit is from the Kalispel Tribe, which own and operate the Northern Quest Casino about two miles from the proposed site.
They reported in their filing with all the federal court that Spokane Tribe Casino ‘will have a devastating effect on Northern Quest, which funds nearly all of the Kalispel Tribe’s government operations.’
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The rival tribe is adamant that its plans will stay and they believe they’ve gone through the mandatory processes to build. Spokane Tribe Chairwoman Carol Evans told the Associated Press she was ‘saddened by the lawsuit’ but said construction will not be halted.
The organization held a work fair, Wednesday, to begin hiring the expected 5,000 workers. In addition to the casino, the 145-acre task will feature a 30 Continue reading