LA CENTER, WA - The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has recommended to the U.S.
Department of interior to take 152 acres of land owned by the Cowlitz Tribe into
federal trust for the purpose of building a casino.
This is a major victory for the Cowlitz Tribe who seeks to a $510 million resort
casino near La Center in Clark County, about 25 miles north of Portland, Oregon.
The casino will feature 3,000 slot machines, 153 gaming tables and 40 poker
tables. The project includes an 8-story hotel with 250 rooms, three parking
garages, a shopping center, bars, restaurants, and a convention center.
The report said, ''The purpose and need for taking the property into federal
trust, issuing a reservation proclamation, and approving the gaming development
and management contract is to advance the BIA's 'self-determination' policy of
promoting the tribe's self-governance capacity. The proposed action will
facility the establishment of land base for the tribe that will be developed to
improve the long-term economic vitality and self-governance of the tribe and its
members through the creation of a stable, sustainable source of employment and
The Interior Department will issue a final decision on the BIA recommendation in
30 days, followed by a 30-day appeal period.
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