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Navajo Nation Casinos To Remain Closed Through August


Officials with the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise say all four of the tribe’s casinos will stay closed at least through this month. 

Nearly 90% of the tribe’s gaming employees have gone without paychecks since Aug. 4 as funds ran low. Officials say the decision to remain closed impacts about 900 Navajo families.

“We do not want to lose our team members – it goes against everything we stand for," said interim Gaming CEO Brian Parrish in a press release. "Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of the Navajo people through a successful gaming economy. We have been challenged with this pandemic, but remain hopeful that we will reopen soon and re-stabilize our Navajo Gaming family.” 

The tribe’s casinos closed March 17 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Navajo leaders have released a plan to gradually reopen the reservation as cases have flattened. Gaming officials say when casinos do begin to operate again they’ll implement strict safety measures.

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