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Wyoming tribal gaming plans on track

18 June 2007

ARIZONA -- As reported by the Jackson-Hole Star Tribune: "While the Northern Arapaho Tribe is on track to open its new Wind River Casino by year's end, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe is two weeks away from wrapping up construction of a small casino site near Lander.

"The Eastern Shoshone are also in the midst of buying 300 acres between Riverton and Lander for a larger casino site with room for hotel, restaurant and show venue facility development.

"The two tribes share the Wind River Indian Reservation and will be competitors, each tribe with its own casinos.

"...The new Northern Arapaho casino has been long delayed, but appears to be on track for an end-of-year opening.

"The current Wind River Casino facility (formerly 789 Bingo) has dropped all bingo games and now has almost 100 gaming machines and several blackjack tables, Conrad said, with 32 new machines added last week. The high-stakes slot machines were moved into the space once used for bingo.

"...Ivan Posey, chairman of the Eastern Shoshone Business Council, said the Shoshone Rose Casino, a 7,000-square-foot facility, is nearing completion a quarter mile outside Lander on the old Rocky Acres Campground site.

"...Meanwhile, the Eastern Shoshone are buying 300 acres eight miles north of Riverton along the highway, where tribal leaders hope to build a bigger casino and eventually a hotel, restaurant and entertainment venue..."

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