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Navajo Nation Council Votes To Reopen Casinos, Awaiting President Nez’s Approval

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Navajo Nation casinos are one step closer to opening. The Navajo Nation Council approved legislation Tuesday that would reopen the tribe’s casinos with exhaustive precautionary guidelines that exceed the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Navajo Nation Department of Health Guidelines. Under Navajo Gaming’s proposal, each casino would reopen at a minimum 50-percent capacity, while the Navajo Blue Travel Plaza near Flagstaff, would also be open 50-percent, but 24 hours, seven days a week.  The casinos would open before November 17th if approved. Navajo Gaming officials say casinos must reopen to save the nearly 12-hundred jobs. It’s been seven months since casinos closed across the reservation, including Twin Arrows Casino Resort east of Flagstaff. The bill now heads to President Jonathan Nez’s desk for consideration.