Oregon’s Siletz Tribe Plans to Begin Building North Salem Casino in 2024

The Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians announced that he offered a casino project in North Salem, Oregon that is estimated to generate 2,300 construction jobs and $141 million in wages during construction. However, this project, which was conceived years ago, is is still awaiting federal approval and facing opposition from the Grand Ronde confederate tribes.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs currently reviewing Siletz Tribe’s applicationwhich was submitted in the summer of 2020. If approved by the Secretary of the Interior, Governor Kate Brown will have one year to accept or reject the project. If all approvals are satisfied, construction of the Siletz Casino project could begin in Salem between 2024 and 2025.

The project includes a 180,800 square foot casino with 2,000 gaming machines and 45 gaming tables; as well as a four-star hotel with full service in its 500 rooms; Bowl; spa and more. The tribe would also offer their property a 150-seat nightclub and a 100-seat sports bar, as well as a main restaurant, steakhouse, food court and cafe. The car park and two parking lots would have 2,650 spaces.

Delores Ann Pigsley, Chairwoman of the Confederated Tribes of
Siletz Indians of Oregon.

“The more than 64,000 square foot multipurpose event center will be a destination for concerts, festivals, conferences and more. Additionally, the tribe is exploring a cooperative agreement with the Salem Convention Center to support even more events. Using both centers, the combined properties will be the third-largest convention center in Oregon. It can also support critical disaster preparedness and parking,” the tribe wrote in a fact sheet. project information released this month.

The casino is expected to generate gross revenues of $185.4 million and create 1,500 full-time jobs in its first year of operation. It would be built on tribal-owned property off Interstate Exit 258 toward Portland Road.

“The visual design and aesthetic of the property will showcase the rich history and culture of the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the tribal community of the Oregon through a series of educational and arts facilities throughout the property,” the tribe said.

Over the two years of construction, the casino would bring in $492 million in economic benefits and $54 million in indirect purchases, according to the tribe, which also assured that the project will create “an unprecedented revenue-sharing agreement with state and local government, as well as each participating tribe,” as the tribes will share 25% of their net gaming revenue with the state and local government, and split the rest: 25% going to the Siletz tribe and 50% to the other eight tribes in the state.

“This will be Oregon’s first gaming facility to share revenue with eight other tribes recognized by federal, Oregon state, and local governments. The tribe is currently seeking a ‘two-part determination’ of Secretary of the Interior that the project is in the best interests of the tribe and not detrimental to the surrounding community”.

“We know that when tribes come together with a common mission, we achieve more for our community,” said President Delores Pigsley when the project was first conceived. “As tribal leaders, we have a unique opportunity to have an unprecedented impact on Oregon’s economy and the lives of our tribal members.”