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Tradition, resilience and success.

A decades-old dream became reality on September 5 when Muckleshoot Tribal Council members dug their shovels into the ground to mark the beginning of construction on a luxury hotel.

The 18-story, 400-room tower will serve as the pinnacle of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe’s now iconic gaming brand which began in a tent 24 years ago.

Inter-Tribal Warrior Society Honor Guard
The Inter-Tribal Warrior Society Honor Guard.

Speaking in Lushootseed, Assistant General Manager Jesse B. McDaniel, Jr. welcomed those in attendance to the ceremony. A presentation of colors by the Inter-Tribal Warrior Society, blessings by the Muckleshoot Spiritual Committee, and a welcome song by the Muckleshoot Canoe Family followed.

Muckleshoot Canoe Family Welcome Song
Muckleshoot Canoe Family performs a welcome song.

“This is a very momentous day for the Tribe,” said Muckleshoot Casino General Manager Conrad Granito, Jr. “This is a fortuitous event, but it’s also an event to recognize the success of the Muckleshoot Tribe and to truly honor the promise of economic independence that Indian gaming has provided; not only to the Muckleshoot Tribe, but to many others across the country.”

Ceremonial Hotel Groundbreaking Event at Muckleshoot Casino Resort
Muckleshoot Tribal Council members dig their shovels into ceremonial dirt.

Muckleshoot Tribal Council Chair Jaison Elkins remarked, “It’s a historic day for our people, for our tribe and for future generations. The evolution of our gaming property will ensure we can continue to invest in our people, our most important resource.”

Guests have requested a hotel at Muckleshoot Casino for some time now. When it opens in 2022, it will offer a full-resort experience from a climate-controlled indoor pool and spa services to a rooftop restaurant.

The majority of rooms will feature scenic landscapes of the surrounding area, including Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains depending on which side of the hotel the room is located.

Muckleshoot Casino Resort Hotel in Auburn, Washington
A rendering of the future, 400-room hotel at Muckleshoot Casino Resort.

This isn’t the first groundbreaking ceremony for Muckleshoot Casino. In late February 2019, a ceremonial event was held for Phase I of its expansion, which will add a 20,000-square-foot, technologically advanced events center to the property. The center is expected to debut in spring 2020 and will host everything from major conventions to big-name entertainment acts.

New Muckleshoot Function Space Rendering
A rendering of the Muckleshoot Events Center interior.

“When I got here to Muckleshoot Casino five years ago, there was a promise I made to the tribe that we would take this to another level,” stated Granito. “We’ve done that. What you’re seeing today is not the culmination of that, but the next step in taking Muckleshoot Casino to a different level of experience for not only for the Tribe, but for the community it serves.”