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First hearing on Gorge Casino held at Warm Springs
Indian Country Today,
Friday, March 7, 2008 at 11:23:03 AM
A hearing at the current casino of the Warm Spring tribe drew mostly supporters of plans for a new tribal casino at Cascade Locks in the Columbia Gorge, 40 miles east of Portland.
In all, about 40 individuals testified March 4 on the $389 million proposal by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
Gerald Smith, tribal chief operations officer, said hard times in the timber industry have hurt the tribal budget and helped to drive the unemployment rate above 28 percent.
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