(By Staff Reports)
Kalispels say new casino will adversely affect Northern Quest…
The Kalispel Tribe is suing in federal court to try and stop the Spokane Tribe from constructing and opening a rival casino resort in Airway Heights, the Spokesman-Review is reporting. The Kalispel Tribe said that the new casino will cause significant harm to their revenue.
Last fall, the Spokane Tribe began work on their $40 million casino. The civil suit in U.S. District Court contends that the Bureau of Indian Affairs failed to consider that the Spokane Tribe’s casino would negatively impact the Kalispel’s Northern Quest Casino, the Spokesman-Review reports. The new Spokane Tribe casino will be branded under the Hard Rock Hotel banner and is being built two miles west of Northern Quest, which the Kalispel Tribe opened in 2000.
The Spokane Tribe considers the area where they’re building the casino part of their aboriginal territory, the Spokesman said, and the tribe worked nine years to get approval for the casino.
The Spokesman-Review also added that back in 1996, when the Kalispel Tribe began the process of setting up the Northern Quest Casino, the Spokane Tribe opposed the efforts saying it would negatively impact the tribe’s Two Rivers and Chewelah casinos – both located in Stevens County.
The Northern Quest Casino since opening has added a 250-room hotel and employs more than 2,000 people.