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Navajo breaks ground on first Arizona casino

The Navajo Nation broke ground Monday on a $150 million casino project along Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff.

The first phase of construction on the Twin Arrows casino is set to begin next month. Tribal officials have planned a July 1, 2012 opening.

The casino is the tribe’s first in Arizona. Plans call for a hotel, conference center, spa and golf course at the site.

Navajo President Ben Shelly says tribal officials will hold a job fair to fill the positions. The tribe has a Navajo preference in employment.

He says the tribe will rely on county officials for law enforcement and fire protection.

About 350 people attended Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony.

The tribe opened its first casino east of Gallup, N.M., in 2008.

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