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Loan helps move Navajo project forward

29 November 2007

ARIZONA -- As reported by the Arizona Journal: "Although slower than Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. had hoped, plans for a casino owned and operated by the tribe are moving forward.

"Work on a temporary casino at Church Rock, N.M., near Gallup, is expected to begin this month, with an opening planned for mid-summer. Dates for opening the temporary casino have continually been pushed back, but with the approval of a $100 million loan agreement by the Navajo Nation Council in mid-October, the most recent projected opening date looks promising.

"The casino will be constructed using a temporary tent-like structure, and will only operate until a per-manent casino is built. It is expected to take several years to build the permanent structure, and an exact location for that structure has not yet been announced, although President Shirley has indicated that the permanent casino will also be located near Gallup..."

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