By Linda Kor
The Twin Arrows Casino and Resort is set to open its doors in just a few months, and the $130 million, 170,000-square foot facility promises to offer plenty of entertainment. This is the Navajo Nation’s fourth gaming venture, and it is being promoted as one of the most elaborate casinos in the Southwest.
The casino resort, located 35 miles west of Winslow off Interstate 40, will include 1,089 slot machines, 18 table games and 12 poker tables, as well as a food court, steakhouse, sports bar, gift shop, coffee shop and 24-hour restaurant. Rounding out the complex will be a six-story hotel with 89 rooms, and a 16,000-square foot banquet and conference center.
Amenities will include a fully equipped fitness center, heated indoor pool and waste water treatment plant. The water to supply the facility will come from three wells and will be recycled for landscaping. A cell tower installed by the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority has also been constructed on the grounds of the facility for cell and Internet service.
The setting of Twin Arrows is meant to display the Navajo culture and is based on the four Navajo worlds. That theme will be reflected throughout the resort, with the interior featuring Navajo weaving, paintings and crafts. It was noted by developers of the project that the tribe’s initial investment in Navajo artwork was projected to be over half a million dollars.
The Navajo Nation operates three casinos in New Mexico, but Twin Arrows will be the first gaming site on the Arizona portion of the reservation. While the Navajo Nation is considered a “dry” nation, meaning no alcohol is permitted on Navajo lands, President Ben Shelly has approved alcohol sales at the resort for the revenues that will be generated.
While there have been job fairs hosted to fill the 800 jobs available at the casino, there are still vacancies. Information on available positions can be found by visiting http://www.casinocareers.com/jobsearch.php. Navajo Gaming Enterprises is a Navajo preferred employer.
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By Linda Kor