Snoqualmie Tribe moving forward with casino plans

SNOQUALMIE - The Snoqualmie Tribe is trying to move ahead with its plan to build a casino, despite the fact the project has yet to be approved by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).

Earlier this month, a permit needed to build a storm water retention pond on the proposed casino site just outside Snoqualmie was filed with King County. The permit was applied for by MGU Development, a Phoenix-based company that is helping the Tribe fund the building of the casino.

Snoqualmie Tribal Administrator Matt Mattson said that although the Tribe's final approval for the project keeps getting postponed, it feels good about taking steps to build the casino.

"We feel good about our application," Mattson said. "We do feel confident that it will eventually happen."

In 2001, the Tribe announced plans to build a casino on a plot of land bordered by North Bend Way and 372nd Avenue, south of Snoqualmie. It has since received a list of approvals needed from government offices, but is waiting for final approval from the BIA.

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