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Eastern Shoshone tribe opens casino

18 September 2007

LANDER, Wyoming -- As reported by the Jackson Hole Star Tribune: "Wyoming's Eastern Shoshone Tribe Monday opened its first casino, the first of two Vegas-style gaming halls the tribe plans to build on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

"Around 500 enthusiastic tribal members, area residents and tourists turned out for free plates of hamburgers and potato salad, and to try their hand at the Class III gambling machines.

"The 7,000-square-foot casino near Lander opened with about 100 slot machines. Another 50 will be installed soon, including 40 in a separate nonsmoking wing, said casino Controller Brian VanEnkenvoort.

"The casino, while employing about 75 full-time workers, also features a self-serve restaurant and free coffee and sodas. It is located about five miles north of Lander on Wyoming Highway 287.

"Operating hours initially will run from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and will later be expanded to meet demand.

"...Monday's opening of the Shoshone Rose Casino was a major victory for tribal officials, who have overcome a number of delays in the project..."

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