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The Leupp Chapter is eager to build a casino in their corner
of the reservation... along Interstate 40 near Flagstaff.
Casino Flagstaff Arizona could become a reality... even if they
didn't call it by that name. It would he the
long-anticipated entertainment and gaming facility that many
Flagstaff locals desire.
On-line gaming at even "reputable" sites is
potentially risky and no longer legal in the USA. And, only a real
"brick and mortar" facility capable of hosting events and
entertainment would add to the
However, the Tribal Council reportedly wants to build the first
Sanders in far eastern Arizona, also along Interstate 40.
I suppose the freeway traffic and Gallup, New Mexico population would make
it profitable. But could the real reason for locating it there actually be
because this site is the nearest I-40 location to the Navajo Nation capital at
Window Rock, Arizona?
The Navajos resisted building casinos for many years for
cultural reasons. The success demonstrated by other tribes has
played a big part in the Navajo people recently approving gaming
on the reservation.
George Hardeen, communications director in the Office of the President and Vice
President, stated that Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. has said he
"would expect to see about $100 million in tribal revenues annually.''
This sum is substantial, especially in light of the 2005, closure of the Mohave Generating Station and the tribe's loss of royalties earned from coal
supplied to the power plant and water used to transport the coal via a slurry
pipeline. The plant's majority owner, Southern California Edison, on June 19
announced that it was abandoning negotiations with the Navajo Nation and Hopi
Tribe to resolve coal and water issues and that it would not try to reopen the
power plant. Hardeen, however, pointed out, ''This decision [for Navajo gaming]
long predates the closure of Mohave Generating Station.''
Hardeen said that the next step is to find a site and break ground on the first
casino. He said that Nahata Dziil near Sanders was top on the list, but that
there is a problem with mineral rights that are owned by the state of Arizona.
Other sites currently under discussion are Iyanbito, Shiprock, Hogback, Cameron,
Leupp (Twin Arrows), LeChee and Chinle.
A Casino Flagstaff Arizona may happen sooner if the President's Office hears
from potential Flagstaff patrons.
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