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Other Tribes Concerned About Casino

MEDFORD, Ore. – A planned Indian casino in south Medford is being questioned by another tribe in Southern Oregon. Earlier this month, the Coquille Tribe announced plans to build a casino at the former location of Kim’s Restaurant.

The tribe has experience running casinos; it has run the Mill Casino in north Bend. Now, other Southern Oregon tribes say that is the problem when it comes to their latest plan.

The Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe, which operates the Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville, said tribes have had an agreement in place to limit one casino per tribe. They say the move by the Coquille could lead to other tribes trying to open more casinos in other areas.

The Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe’s general counsel says more casinos could provide more money to their people, but it could also flood the market with more gaming than people want. The planned Medford casino would be a Class 2, which means it would feature slots and other gaming machines, but no table games.

Another hurdle: this land is not a Coquille reservation. The Coquille Tribe wants to place the property in a government trust, which could lead to reservation status.