The Navajo Nation broke ground March 21 on its first Arizona-based casino, Twin Arrows. The $150 million project along Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff will begin the first phase of construction next month with a slated opening of July 1, 2012, reported the Associated Press.
The tribes plans to add a hotel, conference center, spa and golf course to the gaming venue.
Tribal officials will host a job fair to fill positions, said Navajo President Ben Shelly. The tribe defers to a Navajo preference in employment, stated the AP. The nation is expected to have created 768 new jobs by 2012, of which 550 will be employed at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino, the other 220 at the hotel, reported 500 Nations. The casino is expected to generate about $150 million annually, according to the information site, 500 Nations.
The tribe opened its first casino, the Fire Rock Navajo Casino, east of Gallup, New Mexico in 2008, and its second, the $3.1 million Flowing Water Navajo Casino located east of Shiprock, New Mexico in October 2010, reported krqe.com.