Council to Re-Consider Casino Proposal

By Paige Browning

The Spokane city council positioned itself against the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino back in 2012. Now, the city council president wants to withdraw that resolution and put the council on neutral ground with the proposal.
On Monday, the city council will vote on a resolution that rescinds their 2012 position on the Spokane Tribe’s Economic Project. The makeup of the council is different now, and council president Ben Stuckart says they shouldn’t have voiced opposition to an economic proposal in the first place.
Stuckart: “We shouldn’t be on record opposing a project that’s in the city of Airway Heights, and it’s a project by a sovereign nation, the Sopkane Tribe. And I just wonder if the city of Airway heights came out against an economic development project in the city of Spokane, what does that do to government relations.”
Stuckart says relations between the city of Spokane and the Spokane Tribe have been more strained since the city came out against the casino proposal. The Spokane County Commissioners also voiced opposition to the proposal, one year ago. The Spokane Tribe wants to develop a casino resort and other businesses on the West Plains, not far from Fairchild Air Force Base.
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