CANYONVILLE, Ore. – There are nine tribal casinos in Oregon and two in northern California. Elk Valley is in Crescent City and Lucky 7 is in Smith River.
The others closest to our region are Seven Feathers in Canyonville, the Klamoya Casino in Klamath County and the Old Mill Casino in Coos Bay. The casinos are operated by individual Native American Tribal Councils, which are sovereign nations.
By law, revenues generated by the casinos must finance tribal government operations, the welfare of tribal members, economic development and support charitable contributions, among other needs.
The National Indian Gaming Commission granted approval to the Karuk Tribe to build a casino along Interstate 5 in Yreka in April, and on September 6th, the plan was presented to the Yreka City Council. The plans state the building would be 200 acres off of I-5 on land that’s already determined to be Indian Trust Land. The memorandum of understanding presented to Yreka leaders states that the project would include both a casino and hotel. It could create about 200 jobs.
More information will be available as the Karuk Tribe works out details with Siskiyou County officials and the city of Yreka, as well as their architects and engineers next month. This is a plan that has been in the works since the land was purchased by the tribe in 1988. The opening date of that tribal casino has not yet been determined.