Nation | Tribe: Spokane Tribe of Indians
14300 W SR-2 Hwy
Airway Heights, WA 99001
Spokane Tribe Casino celebrated its grand opening Jan 8, 2018. The casino has completed phase 2 of a multi-year expansion plan that has doubled the size of the gaming floor. Future phases will add a 300-room hotel, convention center, dining, retail stores, entertainment center and a cultural center. See Expansion Plan.
Spokane Tribe Casino is located across Highway 2 from Fairchild Air Force Base on 145-acre site adjacent to Airway Heights.
The casino is an Indian gaming casino owned by the Spokane Tribe of Indians, which also owns the Chewelah Casino and Two Rivers RV Park Marina.
The Spokane Tribe Casino is the second on the West Plains. The other is Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights operated by the Kalispel Tribe.
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced its approval of the casino June 15, 2015, and Governor Jay Inslee gave final approval on June 8, 2016.
A ground-breaking ceremony on Nov 9, 2016 launched the first phase of construction at a cost of $40 million.
The Spokane Tribe's development plan for the casino includes adding a 300-room hotel, convention center, dining, retail stores, entertainment center and a cultural center. The final completion date for these additions is expected in 2026.
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38,000 sq-ft gaming floor
Smoke-free gaming area
Min age 21
450 slot machines
12 table games
50 table games
10 poker tables
Three Peaks Kitchen + Bar - casual fine dining, open daily 6AM-3AM
Speelya's Den - Sandwiches and salads, open daily 6AM-3AM
Whaluks - casino bar, open daily 9AM-2AM
300 guest rooms
Fully opened by 2026
Fuel and convenience store. Opened 2006.
November 3, 2021
The Spokane Tribe has completed the second phase of its multi-year expansion plan with its opening of an additional 20,000-square feet of casino floor that includes 300 more slot machines, 6 more table games, a larger nonsmoking gaming area and a poker room.
A sports betting area is also completed and will open later this month after finalizing a partnership with a major sportsbook operator. The federal government gave approval tor sports betting to Spokane Tribe Casino last month.
Another change coming soon is the transformation of Whaluks bar into a quick-service restaurant to be named the Grill. The Grill will be located on the casino floor and serve sandwiches, burgers and salads.
A formal grand opening celebration will be held in December.
The expanded casino is the second phase of the Spokane Tribe's expansion plan that will continue through 2026. The total cost will be $400 million and will add a 300-room hotel, a convention center, retail stores, an entertainment center and a cultural center.
April 5, 2021
Spokane Tribe Casino release a video last week showing the latest status of their 2021 expansion project. Construction began in December to add 20,000 square feet of new gaming floor, more nonsmoking area and a new restaurant.
Construction is scheduled for completion by the end of 2021.
March 4, 2021
Spokane Tribe Casino is currently in its second phase of construction. When it is finished at the end of 2021, the casino will be twice the size as it is today, the non-smoking area will be larger, a new restaurant will be opened and the Whaluks Bar will be larger.
Another construction phase at Spokane Tribe Casino will be announced after phase 2 is finished.
January 2, 2021
The Spokane Tribe Casino will expand to twice its current size by the end of 2021. Construction began in early December when the casino's east parking lot was removed to add 20,000 square feet of new gaming floor.
The expansion project also includes more nonsmoking area, a new restaurant and a larger Whaluks bar.
Construction is expected to be completed in late 2021. Another future expansion project is expected to be announced about that time.
January 18, 2020
The Spokane Tribe Casino in Airway Heights, WA celebrated its second anniversary on January 8th. The 2018 opening followed ten years of planning, state and federal approvals and court decisions over legal challenges.
At the anniversary celebration the Spokane Tribe leaders announced a second phase of construction that will begin this year. The project will double the size of the casino and add a non-smoking gaming area, a sports bar, a food court and a 1,000-seat entertainment venue.
July 13, 2019
After receiving federal and state approval to build a casino in Airway Heights, the Spokane Tribe of Indians began the first phase of construction on Nov 9, 2016. The casino is named the Spokane Tribe Casino and is located just 4 miles southwest of the Northern Quest Casino, owned by the Kalispel Tribe.
In early 2017 the Kalispel Tribe and Spokane County filed a lawsuit to block construction. The Kalispel said the U.S. Interior Department's approval of the casino on June 15, 2015 was an illegal violation of department's trust relationship with the tribe.
The suit failed to get an injunction, and the Spokane Tribe proceeded with construction. The Spokane Tribe Casino officially opened on Jan 8, 2018.
The casino is 38,000 square feet with 450 slot machines, 12 table games, and two restaurants. A second phase of construction is planned by 2026 which will add one million square feet retail space, 300-room hotel and convention center, and an entertainment center.
In a major victory this week for the Spokane Tribe, U.S. District Court Judge Frem Nielsen determined the U.S. Department of the Interior had substantial evidence to support its approval of the casino. The judge, therefore, dismissed the case.
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