Spokane Tribe unveils casino report

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Updated Thursday, May 2 at 7:01 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Tribe released a study Thursday which examined the impact of a new casino in Airway Heights. Tribal leaders hired a Washington, D.C. firm led by a retired Air Force general to prepare the report.

The Spokane Tribe Economic Project or S.T.E.P would build another casino and resort in the area within Airway Heights. Yet, their vision received criticism back in 2012.

Spokane County Commissioners oppose the construction. They have said a new casino would limit the growth of Fairchild Air Force Base. Commissioners worried that another casino could threaten the base’s future and whether it remains open.

Spokane Tribe Chairman, Rudy Peone said the report state that the casino meets both the Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration regulations. It also said the project would not affect flying operations for the base.

Despite the survey, there are still several hurdles for S.T.E.P. to get past. Tribal leaders must receive federal and state approval.

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