Siletz tribe says proposed north Salem casino project will generate 2,300 construction jobs

An artist’s rendering of the Siletz tribe casino project.

The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon says their proposed casino project in north Salem will generate 2,300 construction jobs and $141 million in wages during construction, according to a recently released factsheet.

But the project, conceived years ago, is still awaiting federal approval and faces opposition from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde.

The facility would include 2,000 gaming devices and 45 table games; a four-star hotel with 500 rooms, a pool and a spa; a 150-seat nightclub and a 100-seat sports bar, according to a project fact sheet. 

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is reviewing the Siletz Tribe’s application, which was submitted in the summer of 2020.

If approved by the Secretary of Interior, Gov. Kate Brown will have a year to approve or reject the project, a fact sheet said.

Pending those approvals, the tribal leaders said they plan to start building the facility between 2024 and 2025. The casino would generate $185.4 million in gross revenue and bring 1,500 full-time jobs in its first year of operation, a news release from the Siletz Tribe said. 

The casino would be built on tribe-owned property east if Interstate 5 near the Portland Road exit 258. 

Over two years of construction, the project would bring in $492 million in economic impact and $54 million in indirect purchases, according to the fact sheet. 

The tribes will share 25% of their net gaming earnings with state and local government, and split the rest among themselves — 25% going to the Siletz Tribe and 50% to the state’s eight other tribes.