Coeur d'Alene Casino

Coordinates: 47°25′36″N 116°58′26″W / 47.42677°N 116.97388°W / 47.42677; -116.97388
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Coeur d'Alene Casino
The Coeur d'Alene Casino, September 2013
Location Coeur d'Alene Reservation, Kootenai County, Idaho, U.S.
Address 37914 South Nukwalow Street, Worley, Idaho
Opening date1993
ThemeNative American
Total gaming space100,000 square feet (9,300 m2)
Casino typeNative American gambling enterprise
OwnerCoeur d'Alene people
Coordinates47°25′36″N 116°58′26″W / 47.42677°N 116.97388°W / 47.42677; -116.97388

The Coeur d'Alene Casino is a Native American gaming enterprise run by the Coeur d'Alene people on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation in Kootenai County, Idaho, United States, northwest of Worley.[1] The resort includes two hotel towers, the Circling Raven Golf Club, multiple restaurants, and 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) of casino floor space. The Coeur d'Alene Casino is currently one of the largest employers in the Idaho region.[2]


In 1992, the Coeur d'Alene people began the process of negotiating with the State of Idaho, inaugurating a bingo hall in 1993. The 20,000 square-feet property's initial cost was $2.7 million.[3] The project was managed by chief executive officer Dave Matheson,[4] who also served as tribal chairman and deputy commissioner of Indian Affairs during President George Bush Sr.'s administration.[5]

In 1994, Matheson and eLottery Chairman Robert A. Berman initiated the National Indian Lottery on behalf of the Coeur d'Alene people.[6][7] The project consisted of the first multi-state lottery and was aimed at generating funds to help develop the Coeur d’Alene casino.[8]

In 1994, the National Indian Lottery received approval from the federal government.[9][10] It initially operated via telephone sales, and later through the Internet.[11][12] Robert A. Berman assisted in the development of the technology for the project that managed and monitored necessary security, age and border controls required to process lottery transactions.[13][14] In 1996 the casino received a $14 million expansion, and by 1998 it made net profits that totaled $9.2 million. The National Indian Lottery concluded in 1998 after receiving opposition from Attorney general Skip Humphrey via the District Court for the District of Idaho.[15]

The casino has since gone through various major expansions and renovations. The resort currently includes two hotel towers, the Circling Raven Golf Club, eight restaurants, and 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) of casino floor space. Profits from the casino's revenues are invested back into the Coeur d'Alene community in areas of education and finance, including investments in property and land. In 2016, Francis SiJohn became the casino's new CEO.[16][17]


The Coeur d'Alene Casino includes 2,000 gaming machines (video poker, ShuffleMaster electronic tables, slots, and keno), a bingo hall, entertainment venues, retail areas, and multiple restaurants.[18][19] It also includes a luxury hotel and the award-winning Circling Raven Golf Club.[20][21]

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  2. ^ "Top 10 favorite resort-casino golf courses". Gary Trask.
  3. ^ Murphree, Daniel (2012). Native America: A State-by-State Historical Encyclopedia [3 volumes]: A State-by-State Historical Encyclopedia. ISBN 9780313381270.
  4. ^ Michael, Margolis (2012). Politics as Usual: The Cyberspace 'Revolution' (Contemporary American Politics). ISBN 9781452265032.
  5. ^ "Poker permission awaits appeals court decision". CDA Press.
  6. ^ "Investors Line Up For Piece Of Tribe's Action National Indian Lottery Needs Big Stake For Set-Up Costs". The Spokesman.
  7. ^ "Indian Tribe Makes Plans For a Nationwide Lottery". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Davidson, Kirk (2003). Selling Sin: The Marketing of Socially Unacceptable Products. ISBN 9781567206456.
  9. ^ "AT & T Corporation, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Defendant-Appellant". Open Jurist.
  10. ^ "Idaho Indian Tribe Plans National Lottery / Weekly jackpot of $50 million or more is goal". SFGate.
  11. ^ "Indian Tribe to Operate National Lottery Game".[dead link]
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  13. ^ "Executone moves toward eLottery". Market Watch.
  14. ^ "Empire Resorts, Inc. History". Funding Universe.
  15. ^ Frey, Rodney (2001). Landscape Traveled by Coyote and Crane: The World of the Schitsu'umsh. ISBN 9780295801629.
  16. ^ "Sijohn is new casino CEO for Coeur d'Alene Tribe". Idaho Business Review.
  17. ^ "Coeur d'Alene Tribe lets casino resort CEO go". The Spokesman.
  18. ^ "Coeur D'Alene Casino Resort". FHoarch.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Taste of Idaho". Inlander.
  20. ^ "Circling Raven Golf Club and Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Win National Acclaim". Indian Country.
  21. ^ "Coeur d'Alene home to two golf gems including a bucket-list island green". Calgary Sun. Archived from the original on 2016-11-14. Retrieved 2016-11-30.

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