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.

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