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Navajo celebrate groundbreaking ceremony

18 June 2008

CHURCHROCK, New Mexico -- As reported by the Independent: "Construction has begun on the Navajo Nation's first casino and tribal officials celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony Monday.

"Phefelia Johnson, executive assistant for the tribe's gaming office, said that after the ceremony crews will be moving 'full speed ahead' with construction and the gaming office is expecting the casino to be up and running at the end of October.

"It was called a 'dream come true' by Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, who addressed the more than 100 VIPs and community members who gathered for the event at the site where the casino will be located off Route 66 in Churchrock.

"...Construction is being done on the approximately 27,000-square-foot casino by KCC Contractor, KCMAR Subcontractors and iina ba, Navajo Nation surveyors. Architects for the project are the national firm of JCJ Architecture and Dyron Murphy Architects, a Navajo-owned architectural firm based in Albuquerque . Architect consultants are Chavez-Grieves Consulting Engineers and Miller Engineering Consultants.

"According to the Navajo Nation Office of the President, the casino is expected to have 300 slot machines, table games, entertainment and a small café..."

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