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Casino powwow scheduled for today

From staff reports

WORLEY – The Coeur d’Alene Casino is holding a powwow today to mark its 12th anniversary.

Admission to the event is free. The drum call is at noon, with grand entry at 1 and 7 p.m. Between 300 and 400 dancers are expected for the powwow, along with 30 drums.

“Warmth, hospitality and sharing are at the center of all tribal cultures,” said David Matheson, the casino’s chief operating officer. “They are also at the center of how we do business here. This anniversary event is another way for us to be thankful for the successes we’ve achieved and to always remember the cultural depth we enjoy, and keep it strong.”

The casino and its resort hotel have an estimated $100 million annual impact on the region’s economy, according to tribal estimates.

David Brown Eagle, a member of the Spokane Tribe, will serve as master of ceremonies. The head male dancer is Joe Mellon of the Colville Confederated Tribes, and the head female dancer is Dolly Heemsah of the Yakama Tribe. The host drum is Lightning Spirit of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.

The Coeur d’Alene Casino is about 30 minutes south of Coeur d’Alene on U.S. Highway 95.

For more information, call (800) 523-2464.

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