February 15, 2022 – Since 1995, we have served our Tribal members and Oregon communities with revenue from our property in Lincoln City – Chinook Winds. Over the past twenty-five years we have taken pride in being a good neighbor and creating a deep relationship with the Lincoln City community. We’d like to thank this community for their outpouring of support as we are now taking these best practices and expanding our footprint to Salem.
In a recent letter, the Lincoln County Commissioners shared their support for our plans to open a second entertainment property. They said, “We are grateful for the support, resources and collaborative nature the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians provide to the regional community.”
The commissioners commended us for our “tradition of sharing” by distributing more than $19.7 million through the charitable fund and other Tribal resources. Chinook Winds has donated more than $6.5 million in cash and fundraising items to Lincoln County-based community groups specifically over the last two decades. The casino also provides in-kind donations of convention space for fundraisers as well as technical support, advertising and manpower for many events in the county.
Chinook Wind’s efforts to support the community in times of need such as providing a safe haven during the devastating Echo Mountain wildfire and recent power outages were praised by the commissioners. They also noted, “Throughout COVID Chinook Winds has been a community leader in COVID safety practices such as shutting down immediately when the pandemic first struck our nation and requiring safety measures such as masks, temperature checking and vaccination for their staff.”
The Lincoln County School District also shared their support for our plans to expand in Oregon. In a recent letter, the Superintendent of Schools said, “The Lincoln County School District is grateful for the continued support of the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians and their commitment to us and our community.”
The commissioner noted, “In November they provided an outstanding 300 meals to the students of North Lincoln County. They provide donations to many of the non-profit groups within our county that have a direct impact on the student in our district. When a need arises, the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians is a partner we can count on.”
John Iwamura, one of the top relators in Lincoln County, also expressed his support of our new project. He cites Chinook Wind’s positive impact on the community and real estate values.
Mr. Iwamura has worked with many clients who have purchased homes in Lincoln City specifically to be close to Chinook Winds because of the vast entertainment options we offer. In fact, he notes that prospective buyers “ask to buy as close to the casino as possible” and that “areas adjacent to the casino have some of the highest price per square feet and our casino is one of the positive attributes for this reason.”
Mr. Iwamura also praised Chinook Winds for managing important natural resources including forests, local wildlife, the fishing hatchery, locally grown oysters in the Yaquina Bay and protecting indigenous animals.
Finally, Lieutenant Jeffery Winn of the Lincoln City Police Department shared his praises for our cooperative partnership saying “In the twenty-seven years of a cohesive collaboration, the Lincoln City Police Department and the Chinook Winds Casino Security Department have fostered and developed a positive working relationship. The Chinook Winds Casino Security Department has developed a professional team and our department has been able to count on their informative and dependable team members.”