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Two New Indian Casinos Opening This Week

Into the doom and gloom surrounding the gaming industry’s biggest players — as well as the national economy — come the openings of two Indian casinos this week in the Southwest.

Wednesday, the Navajo Nation, America’s largest Indian tribe, will open their first casino, the $30 million Fire Rock Casino near Gallup, New Mexico.  The 65,000 square-foot space will feature a bingo hall, blackjack and poker tables as well as 400+ slot machines and marks the end of a long road to bring gaming to the Navajo tribe.

A day later and 275 miles away, the Gila River Indian Community will celebrate the opening of their newly-expanded Lone Butte Casino in Chandler, Arizona.  Gila River’s new Lone Butte Casino, located at Kyrene and the Loop 202, will offer players more than 120,000 square-feet of casino space including 850 slot machines, live blackjack, bingo, poker and six dining outlets. 

In other Indian gaming news, the expanded Cherokee Casino at West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma opened for business on November 10.  The new casino is a 200,000-square-foot facility housing more than 1,000 games plus numerous dining and entertainment areas.

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