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Spokane Tribe's new gambling compact ends conflict
Seattle Post Intelligencer,
Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 11:56:43 PM
The sound is unmistakable as one enters the Spokane Tribe's modest casino in Chewelah: Silver coins striking silver trays, a metallic river of cash.
In Washington, this sound is illegal, and it's one reason there is so much controversy surrounding a new deal between the state and the Spokane Tribe of Indians.
The agreement, in the works for nearly 20 years, finally brings the Spokanes under the same regulatory umbrella as the rest of the tribes in Washington. But critics say it was at the cost of a dramatic expansion in casino operations that seems to reward the Spokanes for operating outside the system.
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