Navajo Nation moving on casino near Flagstaff

Flagstaff, Arizona (AP) March 2010

The Navajo Nation plans to break ground this fall on a $180 million resort, spa and casino near Twin Arrows east of Flagstaff.

Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise chief executive officer Bob Winter said he is seeking an architect to design a “green” resort on the north side of Interstate 40, about 30 minutes from Flagstaff.

Winter said final financing for the gambling house is likely to come through in the coming days with completion estimated in the fall of 2011.

The resort-casino will feature a golf course, hotel rooms and a store selling native arts and crafts.

It will have its own sewage treatment plant, but Winter did not know much water the resort would use or where the water would come from.

The tribe opened its first casino east of Gallup, N.M., in 2008.