LA CENTER, WA - Clark County and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe are working on a draft
proposal to replace the 2004 memorandum of understanding covering the tribe’s
plans to build a casino near La Center, Washington. A state hearings board
struck down the original agreement in 2004 because there was not enough public
“I can tell you that we are getting closer to getting things back to the public,
which we had promised originally,” Commissioner Steve Stuart said last week.
“What we bring and whether it will be satisfactory to anyone, I can’t tell.”
Stuart said the county will disclose to the public their discussions with the
tribe before completing a draft.
The county commissioners have held three public hearings this year to take
testimony from residents about what they want in a new agreement.
The Cowlitz Tribe is a landless tribe awaiting approval from the Bureau of
Indian Affairs (BIA) to place 152 acres of land into federal trust. The land is
located at La Center's I-5 interchange in Clark County, Washington.
If approved, the Cowlitz Tribe plan to build a large casino complex featuring
- Casino with up to 134,150 square feet
- Hotel - 250 guest rooms
- Convention and entertainment facilities - Up to 147,500 square feet
- Retail Stores
- RV Park with 200 spaces
- Parking Structure for 7,250 vehicle spaces
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