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Las Vegas Tribe of Paiute Indians, Nevada

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The tribe announced plans to build a $170 million hotel-casino-spa at its tribal golf resort 25 miles north of the Strip. Plans call for 300 high-end hotel rooms, a 16,000-square-foot casino, shops, restaurants, a tennis court, health spa and small conference area off U.S. Highway 95. The tribe will add two 18-hole golf courses to a pair of Pete Dye-designed courses at the site. It wants to attract the same upscale market targeted by other recent developments in Las Vegas. Bank financing for the project is close to being finalized, tribal leaders said. "We see ourselves more as an attraction, and we're creating a new market in Las Vegas," developer David Stoddart said. "We see ourselves stealing that Palm Springs, Phoenix, Scottsdale visitor." The Paiutes plan to use a Santa Fe, N.M.-style village theme to lure visitors. It will include 270 Southwest-style casitas, or stand-alone villas, that will range in size from 650- to 1,200 square feet. The average Strip hotel room is about 450 square feet. The casino - small by Strip standards - will be in the middle of a retail village. The average Strip casino is more than 100,000 square feet.

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