Seven Feathers Casino lays off 10% of staff

93 workers of 1000 employees received severance packages

Seven Feathers Casino Resort along Interstate 5 in Southern Oregon as seen on their website, Feb. 3, 2015
Seven Feathers Casino Resort along Interstate 5 in Southern Oregon as seen on their website, Feb. 3, 2015

CANYONVILLE, Ore. (AP) – The tribe that runs the Seven Feathers Casino Resort along Interstate 5 in Southern Oregon has laid off nearly 10 percent of its workforce, which numbered about 1,000.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians said Monday that 93 employees got a severance package.

In a press release, Chairman Michael Rondeau blamed the effects of the Great Recession and changing demographics among gamblers.

He also said the prospect of a Coquille Tribe casino opening in Medford 70 miles to the south demands the Seven Feathers casino be conservative.

The Coquille Tribe operates a casino in Coos County and bought land to open a second operation in Medford. It’s seeking a federal OK that could lead to reservation status for the property.

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