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Ridgefield, La Center officials say ilani proves a winning hand

North Clark County cities praise Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s community spirit, development at I-5 junction that benefits all parties

By Shari Phiel, Columbian staff writer
Published: March 5, 2023, 6:05am
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Cars and trucks travel past the upgraded La Center junction on Interstate 5. The upgrades were paid for by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe.
Cars and trucks travel past the upgraded La Center junction on Interstate 5. The upgrades were paid for by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. (Photos by Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

COWLITZ INDIAN RESERVATION — It’s been nearly six years since ilani opened its doors in 2017. Much has changed in the intervening years, perhaps none more so than the relationships the Cowlitz Indian Tribe has with the cities of La Center and Ridgefield.

When the tribe announced its plans to build a casino in far northern Clark County, they were met with opposition from both cities as well as Vancouver, the county and numerous residents.

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