Cowlitz Indian Tribe celebrates ilani’s sixth anniversary with the grand opening of new hotel

The luxury property will officially open to the public following ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 24

ilani will commemorate the sixth anniversary of its opening with a ribbon-cutting celebration of its new luxury ilani Hotel. The 14-story hotel tower is the latest phase of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s master development plan and will offer four-diamond level guest service and amenities, including nearly 300 luxury guest rooms, an indoor-outdoor pool experience and a signature top-floor restaurant with views spanning from the Cascade Mountains to the foothills of the Coast Range.

The grand opening ceremony will take place in ilani at the entrance of the new Cultural Corridor, which connects the casino to the hotel tower and allows guests an immersive experience of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s heritage and culture. The event will launch with a traditional blessing by the Tribe’s spiritual leader and a press conference, followed by a commemorative ribbon-cutting. Following the ceremony, guests are invited to tour the hotel to view the new rooms, suites, pool area and restaurant.

Media attendees interested in attending the ceremony and touring the new hotel can RSVP below.


  • Kara Fox-LaRose, president and general manager, ilani
  • Patty Kinswa-Gaiser, chairwoman, Cowlitz Indian Tribe
  • Tanna Engdahl, Cowlitz elder and spiritual leader, Cowlitz Indian Tribe
  • Ray Pineault, president and CEO, Mohegan
  • Troy Dunkley, CEO, Kids Quest/Cyber Quest
  • Jennifer Lindsay, Mayor, Ridgefield

Monday, April 24, 2023
8 a.m. – Guest arrival
9:30 a.m. – Ceremony begins, including:

  • Tribal Drum Group
  • Spiritual Blessing
  • Press Conference
  • Ribbon-Cutting

10:15 a.m. – Tours begin

ilani Casino, near entrance to Tom’s Urban
1 Cowlitz Way
Ridgefield, WA 98642
(I-5 at Exit 16)

Located on the Cowlitz Reservation in Ridgefield, Washington, ilani, developed by the Cowlitz Tribe and Salishan-Mohegan, a partnership that includes Mohegan Sun, one of the world’s foremost gaming and entertainment developers and operators, is the Pacific Northwest’s premier gaming, dining, entertainment and meeting destination. With nearly 400,000 total square feet, ilani includes more than 100,000 square feet of gaming space with nearly 3,000 slots and 75 gaming tables; 18 different restaurants, bars and retail outlets; and a 2,500-seat meeting and entertainment venue hosting nationally recognized performances. For more information, visit and follow ilani on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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