First Navajo casino is closer to reality

CHURCH ROCK, N.M. - The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise hosted a signing ceremony Friday, April 11 at the site of the proposed Church Rock casino to celebrate the official signing of the loan and lease agreements by the Navajo Nation to begin construction of the first-ever casino on the Navajo Nation.

The casino will be located in Church Rock, just east of Gallup. On March 21 the Navajo Nation Council confirmed the appointment of Quincy L. Natay to a three-year term to the Board of Directors for the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise during a special session.

Natay, from Chinle, has extensive experience in finance. During the special session Natay stated that he was "honored to have been selected to serve the Navajo people," adding, "I thank you for your support and I will do my best to serve you."

Construction of the casino is expected to begin later this month. The opening date of the casino is slated for mid-October.

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