Eastern Band to build second casino

Here’s an excerpt from the Asheville Citizen-Times article:

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is moving ahead with plans to build a second casino near Murphy.

Principal Chief Michell Hicks confirmed Thursday that the Tribal Council has approved building a $110 million casino and hotel in Cherokee County. Hicks was in Asheville speaking on tribal sovereignty issues with students at UNC Asheville.

Construction could begin as quickly as this summer, he said …

The Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise board has proposed building a 50,000- to 60,000-square-foot casino and 300-room hotel. The casino space would have up to 1,200 slot machines and 40-50 table games. There also would be a small restaurant and buffet.

The tribe is considering an 85-acre tract of tribal land near U.S. 19/74.

Harrah’s would have first rights on operating the new casino, the chief said.

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