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Chinook Winds Casino Resort

Historical importance with an eye on the environment

For the tribes who operate Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Smart Energy isn't about "going green." It's not even about making choices to operate more sustainably. It's just business as usual for those raised in Native American culture.

In the words of the resort's general manager, Sar Richards, "We do whatever it takes to remain in harmony with the environment."

Members of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz recycled before recycling was popular. Sustainability is inherent in their business model as well as their lives. "It's about keeping everything in balance," Sar said.

The tribes opened their elegant resort overlooking the Pacific Ocean in 1996. Design details highlight tribal history, inseparably bound with the Pacific Northwest's natural environment. For example, a stream and waterfall replicating Euchre Creek - a site of historical importance to the Siletz people - collects visitors' coins for the Confederated Tribes' education fund. Images throughout the facility honor salmon, so important to tribal spirituality and sustenance. The casino resort, with 157,000 square feet and many uses for natural gas, is the third largest Smart Energy customer in the amount of offsets purchased annually. Its operations support essential services for the 4,000 members of the Confederated Tribes. These include medical programs, education and government operations.

NW Natural is proud that the Confederated Tribes of Siletz see Smart Energy as a valued partner in their commitment to environmental stewardship.

Chinook Winds Casino Resort
1777 NW 44th St.
Lincoln City, OR 97367