Reversing a 1999 decision, the bureau gave the property thenecessary "restored land" classification that allows gaming. Thenext step is to negotiate the required compact with the stateregarding the kind of games allowed and the required stateoversight, among other things. Negotiations could begin as early asJanuary.

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The 700-member tribe wants to build a $15-to $20-million casinoon 100 acres it purchased in 1998 just outside Florence, up theNorth Fork of the Siuslaw River. It would provide 500 to 750 fulland part-time jobs and possibly lessen the tribe's dependence onfederal dollars for subsistence needs such as housing, educationand health care.

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Florence is located on the waterfront below Highway 101'sSiuslaw River Bridge. It is known for riverboat cruises,lighthouses, art galleries, antique stores and specialty shops andrestaurants serving regional foods and wines.

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