Cowlitz tribe blesses, opens casino | Local |

Ending decades of frustration and opposition, the Cowlitz Tribe Monday morning blessed and opened its new Ilani Resort and Casino in north Clark County, a $510 million facility that represents LA CENTER -- After years of planning, negotiating and jumping multiple legal hurdles, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe is finally seeing the fruits of their labors in the rapidly expanding tribal casino and resort being built off Interstate 5, near the city of La Center. Located on the tribe’s ne Ilani Casino Resort Review *Update: Major expansion beginning Oct. 15, 2020.The $30 million project will reportedly add a 14-story, 300 guestroom hotel, with a swimming pool, spa and fitness center, two new restaurants, and about 17,000 additional sq ft of gaming space with more slots and table games, and is expected to open in summer 2021. Ilani Casino Resort is situated on 156 acres near the The Cowlitz Indian Tribe and its partner the Mohegan Tribe announced on Monday the name of their jointly developed casino resort in La Center, Washington. The venue will be called ilani, which means ‘to sing’ in native Cowlitz. The whole casino resort would spread over 368,000 square feet of land, with the casino level taking up 275,000 square feet. Apart from the gaming floor, the complex Federally recognized in 2000, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe immediately began planning for a casino resort on trust lands near La Center, Washington to bring in revenue. It was 2004 when Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) entered into development and management agreements with the Tribe. But yet another 13 years would pass before the Tribal partners would open their destination. Following a The Cowlitz tribe’s La Center-area casino is minuscule by comparison. The Cowlitz project will take up most of the reservation, covering 368,000 square feet, including 100,000 square feet of

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