The Tribal Council of the Yavapai Nation have decided that it is time to get the Fort McDowell Casino back in action. The casino, as well as government offices located on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, will reopen on May 15. Additional reopenings of various areas like the We-Ko-Pa Resort and the Conference Center will take place at a later date.


A press release from Fort McDowell in Arizona was provided to give insight on the reopening. The decision to stop operations was done based on the health and safety of guests as well as employees and tribal members. President Bernadine Burnette stated the decision to close was one that was taken seriously.

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Burnette said that it was a painful decision as the casino is the lifeblood of the Nation’s economy. The tribe relies on gaming revenue to help support its government and services for members. The president pointed out that the coronavirus threatens the physical health and economic welfare of all Americans and addressing it requires sacrifices from everyone. Fort McDowell has been following the guidelines and practices set forward by the CDC, WHO, and the state’s Department of Health Services.

The staff of the Fort McDowell Casino continued to work with guests during the closure. Those who had upcoming reservations during the suspension of operations were contacted by employees for cancellation or rescheduling of their stay. At this time, the Golf Club, Eagle View RV Resort and Baja Gas along with the Yavapai Materials and Farm will stay open.