tribe announces casino deal with Florida company
As Reported by tallahassee.com
BOY AGENCY, Montana - The Chippewa-Cree
Indian Tribe says it has an agreement with a Florida company to
build a casino, hotel and truck stop complex.
The agreement calls for NORAM Inc. to bankroll the complex, projected
to cost $18 million to $20 million and create 60 to 75 permanent
jobs on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation southwest of Havre.
enterprise is "going to give our young people a chance to bring
a paycheck into the home," said John Chance Houle, chairman
of the Chippewa-Cree Business Committee. "It's going to give
our people a future right now."
of the tribe and NORAM, a gambling development company in Maitland,
Fla., signed the agreement Friday at the rodeo grounds as the Rocky
Boy Powwow got under way. Tribal officials announced last month
that a casino was planned.
tribe expects to break ground in October and build the complex in
two phases. The first includes the casino, a 65-room hotel, a restaurant,
a gift shop and an events center. Officials expect that to open
in March or April. The second phase features a truck plaza, fueling
and a convenience store. Planners expect completion of that phase
late in 2006.
they anticipate about 60 construction jobs.
size of the casino and the number of gambling machines won't be
certain until consultants complete a study later this month, said
Bob Swan, serving as project manager through RJS & Associates
of Rocky Boy.
the casino tentatively will have 250 to 300 gambling machines in
a classification that allows nearly limitless payouts. In Montana
that classification applies only to Indian reservations. Keno and
poker machines, in a different classification, also are planned.