In February 2016 the Cowlitz Tribe broke ground for their new $510 million casino. The grand opening was April 24, 2017.
The Ilani Casino Resort will be located near the Interstate 5 Exit 16, near La Center. This is about 20 miles north of Vancouver, Washington.
The Cowlitz Tribe was a landless tribe awaiting approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to take 152 acres of land into federal trust. The land is located at La Center’s I-5 interchange in Clark County, Washington.
Federal approval was finally granted December 23, 2010 making the land a sovereign reservation for the Cowlitz tribal government, housing, and economic opportunities. This included the tribe’s plan to construct a resort casino as described below. Federal support for this project was reconfirmed Oct. 5, 2012.
This $510 million casino resort will be built in phases. The first phase will be the two-story casino followed by an eight-story hotel in a later phase.
The casino is too new to shop up on the map! The address is: 1 Cowlitz Way, Ridgefield, WA 98642
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