Doors opening on second Navajo casino

Hogback, New Mexico (AP) October 2010

The Navajo Nation’s second casino opened this week, offering 120 gambling machines and, tribal officials say, plenty of needed jobs.

The $3.1 million Flowing Water Navajo Casino is located about five miles east of Shiprock in northwestern New Mexico.

Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise chief executive Robert Winter says the casino has created 62 full-time positions, all filled by Navajos and members of other area tribes. He says for some employees, it’s a first-time job.

The 11,000-square-foot casino is the second for the Navajo Nation. The Fire Rock Navajo Casino opened two years ago near Gallup.

Officials are breaking ground on a third casino next month in Upper Fruitland, N.M., while a fourth Navajo casino – a $120 million facility – is planned near Flagstaff, Ariz.