The Nooksack Northwood Casino was given permission on Monday by the National
Indian Gaming Commission to reopen.
In June the casino was issued a federal order and was forced to close. On Friday
there was an official agreement made. The casino then reopened on Saturday.
The casino had to meet four conditions in order to reopen.
The first condition is that an election be held for the governing council of the
tribe. The second was that net revenue from the casino's gaming be used for
government expenses. The third condition was by October 10, orders brought
forward by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must be fixed. The fourth
condition was that everyone involved would agree that violations of the terms
would mean a $13 million fine. Any failure to not correct the EPA orders would
result in closing the casino immediately.
On June 15 of this year the Nooksack Indian Tribe was given notice that the
casino would be closed due to violations.
Election dates for the tribe have been scheduled. The primary will be held on
November 04. December 02 will be the final election. The election will be
monitored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
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