Nooksack Tribe owes more than $20.7M for unpaid casino loan

The Nooksack River Casino in Deming, Washington. Photo from IO Creative

A judge in Washington has ordered the Nooksack Tribe to pay $20.7 million, plus interest every day, for a failed casino loan.

Judge Deborra Garrett issued the judgment on May 7. She said the tribe will have to add $3,523.36 per day in interest, starting from February 9, for failing to live up to an agreement with Outsource Services Management, a loan servicing company.

As a result, the tribe might be forced to shut down the Nooksack River Casino in Deming. The facility defaulted on a $15 million loan and is reportedly operating at a loss.

The tribe originally claimed sovereign immunity but the Washington Supreme Court rejected that argument in an August 2014. The decision said the Nooksack Business Corporation consented to state court jurisdiction.

Documents from the case can be found on the Whatcom County Superior Court website by using case number 112005239. Turtle Talk has posted other documents from Outsource Services Management v. Nooksack Business Corporation.

In addition to the Nooksack River Casino, the tribe operates the Nooksack Northwood Casino.

Get the Story:
Nooksack tribal chairman tells members its Deming casino could close (The Bellingham Herald 6/20)

Washington Supreme Court:
Outsource Services Management v. Nooksack Business Corporation (August 21, 2014)

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