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Major Indian Casino Building & Expansion Plans for Washington

Washington ranked sixth among all states for tribal gambling revenue in 2005, moving up one spot in the rankings.  And that number may grow even bigger in the future.

According to the Indian Gaming Industry Report, there are 33 Native American casino in the state of Washington and they experienced amazing growth between 2004 and 2005., representing an increase of $1 billion dollars in revenue in 2004 to $1.3 billion dollars in 2005.  That's an increase of 28% in one year.

By comparison, Oregon revenue increased 7 percent year-to-year, ranking 13th overall. 

There are nine Indian casinos representing $495 million in revenue. In Washington state, The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs currently has in its hand seven applications for new Indian gaming casinos or expansions to existing facilities. The biggest is the Cowlitz Indian Tribe which has asked for permission to construct a Casino in I-5 with a price tag of more than $500 million dollars.

Other tribes that have filed applications include:

  • Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
  • Lower Elwha Tribal Community
  • Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
  • Samish Indian Tribe
  • Snoqualmie Tribe
  • Spokane Tribe

Tribes that are considering new casinos, but have not yet filed applications with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs:

  • Nooksack Indian Tribe

Tribes that are considering expansions of current facilities:

  • Stillaguamish Tribe
  • Yakama Nation

Source:  Indian Gaming Industry Report / Economist Alan Meister