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The tribe later added a small casino in Chewelah. After nine years, the U. Washington State has 35 Indian casinos owned by 25 tribes. The Spokane Tribe looks forward to being a partner to local governments and business groups, Evans said. Highway 2 has been an arduous process for the Spokane Tribe. The tribe is already working closely with the city of Airway Heights. Casino patrons are always looking for new attractions, he said.

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At the time, unemployment was about 70 percent on the reservation. Most of the jobs were seasonal, in logging or agriculture. About 1, people work there, including many from surrounding communities. Northern Quest has grown into a gaming-hotel complex that employs about 1, people. A major expansion is underway, which will add an RV resort with a swimming pool, arcade for kids, boutique movie theater and more retail. New hires at Northern Quest visit the reservation as part of their orientation.

In June, the county filed a lawsuit in U. A hearing is expected on the lawsuit this spring. The Kalispel Tribe also filed a federal lawsuit last year, saying operation of the Spokane Tribe Casino would harm Northern Quest by reducing its revenues. Fairchild was a cooperating agency in the preparation of the impact statement. Neither base officials nor other Air Force brass raised encroachment concerns. The tribe also adopted a development code for the project to address potential impacts, including capping future hotel tower heights at 60 feet.

Scott King, a Fairchild spokesman, said last week that the base maintains its neutral position on the project. Base officials are working with the tribe on issues such as light, glare and other potential hazards to aircraft, he said.

The community should be fine. The tribe is already working closely with the city of Airway Heights. Casino patrons are always looking for new attractions, he said. For years, the casino has worked to expand its offerings beyond gaming, making it more of an entertainment destination, SiJohn said. The Kalispel Tribe has taken a similar approach with Northern Quest, adding the hotel, spa and meeting rooms.

The Spokane Tribe also has long-term plans to expand its casino. Evans said the master plan is a guideline for future development, but tribal leaders will adjust it as necessary to meet market conditions.

Get the day's top headlines delivered to your inbox every morning by subscribing to our newsletter. Evans credits the hard work of many tribal leaders for getting the casino built.

And not just in gaming-related jobs, Holmes said. Subscribe to the Morning Review newsletter Get the day's top headlines delivered to your inbox every morning by subscribing to our newsletter There was a problem subscribing you to the newsletter.

Double check your email and try again, or email webteam spokesman. You have been successfully subscribed! Top stories in Spokane. Though the school shuttered in , many of its graduates remain in the health care field. Washington State has 35 Indian casinos owned by 25 tribes. National Indian Gaming Commission. Washinton's Indian casinos are located across 15 counties. Snohomish County has the most tribal casinos with five.

It is followed by King County with four. Each casino tribe is federally-recognized and its casinos are approved and regulated by the U. These tribes have also signed a gaming compact with the Washington State Gambling Commission to share revenues and to limit the type of casino games that can be played.

Click on any of the Washington counties on the map below to find local casino information, or scroll below the map to search an alphabetical listing of counties and their casinos. To find casino information using an alphabetical listing of casino names, go to our page Washington Casino List.

You can also go find casino information by going to our page Casinos by Tribes or Casinos by Cities. E Fife, WA

35 Indian casinos owned by 25 tribes