In Washington, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians reportedly began work on the $20 million expansion of its Northern Quest Resort and Casino yesterday that will see the Spokane County facility add a family-friendly entertainments center, retail outlet, expanded food court and recreational vehicle park.

According to a report from The Spokesman-Review newspaper, the development is also now set to include a six-screen cinema complex centered around a restaurant and lounge offering and due to be christened as “M&D”. Brandon Haugen, General Manager for the federally-recognized tribe’s Kalispel Development Company real estate and business developments management entity, declared that this coming 25,000 sq ft offering is to be managed by CineGenesis Incorporated and feature “nothing short of spectacular” reclining seats and theater-seat dining.

Located in the Spokane suburb of Airways Heights and only a five-minute drive from Spokane International Airport, the 250-room Northern Quest Resort and Casino already offers a 55,000 sq ft casino with some 1,650 slots as well as 37 gaming tables and a nine-table poker room. The expansion is due to increase the enterprise’s overall indoor floor space by around 65,000 sq ft while the coming 17-acre recreational vehicle park is to add approximately 60 sites along with nearly 20 small cottages designed and managed by developer Bud Searles Consulting Group.

Haugen reportedly explained that the expansion, which will moreover encompass renovations to the existing casino’s main floor and parking facility, is additionally set to provide full-time employment for up to 135 people with at least 50 of these posts coming at “M&D”.

Curt Holmes, Public and Governmental Affairs Executive Director for the Kalispel Tribe Of Indians, told the newspaper that he was amazed at how far the tribe had come in developing opportunities and jobs for its members.

“It’s not very long ago that our elders weren’t living to retirement age,” Holmes told The Spokesman-Review. “It’s not long ago that we had orange water with high levels of arsenic on the reservation. It wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t have anything. At least we can now say there’s hope for our tribe and the next generation.”

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