Nation | Tribe: Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
4751 Astoria Street NE
Salem, OR 97305
The Siletz Indians are seeking federal approval to build a $280M casino in North Salem, Oregon near the intersection of Interstate 5 and Portland Road NE. The plan includes a casino, 4-star hotel, restaurants, nightclub, sports bar and event center.
Artist rendering of Siletz Casino Project in Salem, OR
Siletz Indians are seeking approval to build a North Salem casino with 180,800-square-feet, 2,000 slot machines and 45 table games. Plans include three restaurants, food court, sports bar and a 500-room hotel.
A revenue sharing plan for the Salem casino will allocate 25% of the gaming revenues to the state and local governments, 25% to the Siletz Tribe, and 50% to eight other federally recognized tribes.
The casino is opposed by the Grand Ronde Tribe that operates Spirit Mountain Casino located a half hour to the west.
The approval process required to build the casino will take two to three years. The earliest possible date for opening to the public is 2024.
The Salem casino is proposed by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, which own the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln Ciy, OR.
The Salem casino will be built on tribal property in North Salem on Portland Road at Interstate 5 Exit 258.
|April 30, 2020||The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Interior for approval to build a casino in Salem, OR in accordance with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.|
|2020 - 2022||Application processing time and decision by the Secretary of Interior.|
|2022 - 2023||Oregon governor concurrence is required within 12 months of federal approval date.|
|2024 - 2025||Construction of the Salem casino hotel.|
Artist rendering of Siletz Casino Project
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Casino size: 180,800 square feet
Slot machines 2,000
Table games 45
Buffet - 375 seats
Steakhouse - 125 seats
Cafe or Coffee Shop - 200 seats
Food Court - 200 seats
Sports Bar - 100 seats
Nightclub - Live entertainment with 150 seats
64,000+ square foot multi-purpose event center including a 20,000-sq-ft ballroom and 6,600-sq-ft of meeting rooms.
Four star hotel with 500 guest rooms and suites
May 3, 2023
Gov. Tina Kotek does not support the plan of the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians to build a tribal casino in Salem. The Governor wrote a letter to all Oregon gaming tribes on April 3rd expressing her opposition to any expansion of the current number of casinos in the state. She wants to maintain the "status quo" with the tribes and their casinos.
"I wanted to provide this clarification of my Tribal gaming policy so that Tribes, the federal government, and local entities know where I stand. This helps all of us avoid confusion, use of resources, and advocacy for and against changing my stance in favor of one gaming facility per tribe on reservation land."
- Gov. Tina Kotek
The Siletz tribe has been waiting for federal approval for the past year. Early last year the Department published an Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Salem casino project. That was followed by a 90-day period for public comments. Since then, there have been no indications from the U.S. Department of Interior about a timeframe for a final decision.
Siletz Indians Chairman Delores Pigsley says the tribe is proceeding with the federal process despite the Governor's position. She cites the 1995 state-tribe compact as authorization for the Salem casino and for the right to negotiate a gaming compact with the state.
"We legally have the right since we negotiated our compact 20-some years ago. It does not have a sunset clause."
- Delores Pigsley, Tribal Chairman
Salem city officials have not taken a formal position on the casino project; however, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde are strongly opposed the project because it would negatively impact the business at their Spirit Mountain Casino.
March 22, 2022
The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) completed a 2,700-page environmental impact study of the Siletz Tribe's proposed casino in north Salem, Oregon. The BIA released the report to the public Jan. 7 prior to hohlding a meeting in late January to hear comments and concerns from Salem residents and opposing tribes. A comment period that was originally set to end Feb. 7 has been extended until April 8.[No Ads]
If the plan is approved, the casino would be built on 20 acres of tribal land near Interstate 5 and state Highway 99 in northeast Salem. The 180,000-square-foot project would include a casino, event center and hotel. Revenues would be shared between the casino, state and local governments, and the eight other Oregon tribes. The spilt would be 25/25/50 respectively.
Major opposition to the Salem casino plan comes from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, which owns the Spirit Mountain Casino. The tribe believes the Salem casino would devastate their casino and impose a financial hardship on their members.
After the April 8 closing date for public coments, the Bureau of Indian Affairs will review and determine whether or not to continue the application process for the Salem casino proposed by the Siletz Indians.
January 30, 2022
The Siletz Casino Project in Salem, Oregon took a major step forward on the path towards federal approval this month with the publication of an Environmental Assessment (EA) by the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs. The federal report was published January 7 for public review and comments.Proposed casino project off I-5 in Salem faces opposition [No Ads]
Copies of the Environmental Assessment (EA) are available or the Salem Public Library on Liberty Street or online at siletzsalemcasinonepa.com
The public was invited to attend a virtual hearing Wednesday evening via Zoom. Participants were given up to three minutes each to address the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) with comments, concerns, opposition and feedback regarding the environmental issues related to the Salem casino project.
The public can submit comments to the BIA by letter or email. The email address is email@example.com and the mailing address is:
Tammie Poitra, Regional Director
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Midwest Region
5600 American Blvd W, Suite 500
Bloomington , MN 55437
The public comment period has been been extended through April 8, 2022.
November 27, 2021
The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians propose building a casino in north Salem, Oregon. Construction will generate 2,300 jobs with $141.7 million in wages. In addition, the procurement of materials will add $54.4 million into the local economy.
The casino project has been submitted for approval by the federal government. A decision by the U.S. Secretary of Interior is expected in 2022. If approved, the Oregon governor will be given a 12-month deadline to concur with the plan.
Before construction can begin the Siletz Tribe may face legal opposition from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, which operate the Spirit Mountain Casino located a half hour west of Salem.
If legal challenges are resolved and approvals granted, the Salem casino is forecated to generate $185.4 million in annual gross revenues. The net revenues will be shared with the state and local governments and eight other Oregon tribes.
The Siletz Tribe would keep 25% and pay an equal amount to government and 50% to other tribes.
July 31, 2020
The Siletz Indians are seeking approval to build a $280M casino with a hotel in North Salem, OR. The tribe submitted its application to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs on April 30, 2020 for a 20-acre site located at Interstate 5 and Portland Road NE.[No Ads]
May 03, 2017
On Tuesday plans were announced by The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians for a proposed casino in Salem. The casino project would be a joint partnership of Oregon tribes. Revenues would be shared with each of the tribes that participate.
The proposed casino is scheduled to open in 2021. A name has not been announced. It will be located at exit 258 off the I-5 on land that is held in trust for the Siletz tribe.
Plans for the casino have been in development for nearly two years. It will be 140,000 square feet offering gaming, entertainment, and a hotel. It is estimated to earn each year $185 million. 1,500 full time jobs will also be created.
If the project is given approval the state and local government will be paid 25 percent of the gaming revenue. Of the remaining amount, the Siletz tribe will receive 25 percent of the revenues. The last 50 percent will be split among the other participating tribes.
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