Navajo Nation opens flagship casino in Arizona

Posted at: 05/20/2013 9:53 PM | Updated at: 05/20/2013 9:57 PM
By: Felicia Fonseca, The Associated Press

TWIN ARROWS, Ariz. (AP) - New sets of twin arrows are beckoning travelers on Interstate 40 in northern Arizona.

A grand opening for the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort is set for Friday. It's the Navajo Nation's first casino in Arizona, about 20 miles east of Flagstaff.

The 267,000 square-foot building sits across the interstate from an old trading post and rest stop known for the giant twin arrows that point toward the ground.

The resort's design offers a glimpse into Navajo culture and traditions. Those include the basket weave on the building's exterior, and the glittering chandelier in the entryway that depicts the Navajos' rise into a fourth world.

Tribal gaming chief Derrick Watchman says the resort could spur economic development in the area.

The tribe has three other casinos in New Mexico.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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