Montana tribes break ground on casino in Evaro

The new casino will replace the Gray Wolf Peak Casino and is planned to open in late 2016 featuring 300 machines and a 120-seat restaurant

US.- The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are planning the construction of a 34,000-square-foot casino along U.S. Highway 93 in Evaro. Expected to open next year, the new casino will have be 7,000 square feet smaller than the previously planned US$27.4 million  and it will remain on the 5.2-acre property where the Gray Wolf Peak Casino currently is. “We’ve scaled it back from the concerns we had from the elders and the community that did not want such a big, extravagant deal,” S&K Gaming CEO Sheila Matt said.

The new casino will include a 120-seat restaurant, lounge and outdoor patio, and it will feature 300 machines. And according to tribal officials, they will add 100 jobs with the expansion in Evaro, up from the current staff of 28 at Gray Wolf Peak Casino. The expanded casino will be the largest in Western Montana.

The plan to expand casino in Evaro was announced a year ago and it is part of the expansion of S&K Gaming, the company that oversees gaming management for the tribes on the Flathead Indian Reservation, that has already  invested US$4 million for the renovation of the KwaTaqNuk Resort in Polson.