Muckleshoots paid $62.5 million for Salish Lodge, vacant land

Snoqualmie, Washington (AP) 10-07

Records show the Muckleshoot Tribe paid $62.5 million to buy a resort at Snoqualmie Falls and some nearby land.

According to documents filed this week at the King County recorder’s office, the tribe paid nearly $42 million for the Salish Lodge and Spa. The Muckleshoots also paid more than $20 million for more than 50 acres of vacant land across the street from the lodge.

Muckleshoot officials say they have no plans to build a casino at the site. A tribal spokesman, Rollin Fatland, says the tribe just wants to keep it a first-class resort.

The Muckleshoots outbid the Snoqualmie Tribe, which considers the waterfall sacred. The Snoqualmie tribe expects to open a casino just outside the town of Snoqualmie by Interstate 90 next year.
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