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Coeur d’Alene resort wins tribal honor


Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel Honored as ‘Tribal Destination of the Year’

Circling Raven Golf Club, Spa Ssakwa’q’n, Activity Options Illuminate Cultural Inspiration

(Worley, Idaho; September 23, 2019) – Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel announces it was named “Tribal Destination of the Year” for its proactive work promoting cultural tourism. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe accepted its honor on Wednesday, September 18, during the 21st annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC), at Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa, Okla.

Coeur d'Alene's Warrior of Hope

Coeur d'Alene's Warrior of Hope

The AITC brings together nationally and internationally recognized expert speakers, tribal leaders, and the tourism industry to share thought leadership and best practices across Indian Country. Coeur d’Alene Tribe earned acclaim for its resort cultural tourism activities, a collection of creative, authentic experiences that provide enriching experiences that pay homage to tribal tradition and history.

Coeur d’Alene Casino’s Cultural Tourism Program educates and shares the culture of Coeur d’Alene Tribe. It orchestrates tours and workshops as resort activities that provide insightful, hands-on experiences into the Coeur d’Alene Tribe as a people. Examples include:

  • Bison Ranch Tour – Coeur d’Alene tribal member guided tour of working bison ranch
  • Tribal Homelands Guided Hike – Traverse Heyburn State Park, including breathtaking views of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding lush forest
  • Last Battle Tour – full-day tour of the Steptoe Battle site with local historians and tribal member guides
  • Kayaking and Canoeing Tours – tribal member guided tours filled with wildlife, nature and history
  • Lifeways Workshop – “Make your own” Pendleton Moccasins, Beaded Pouch, Folded Cedar Bark Necklace and Plateau Baskets – with Leann Campbell, Coeur d’Alene Tribal artist
  • Native American Sip ‘N Paint – artist guided paint workshop

Circling Raven Golf Club, Spa Ssakwa’q’n (pronounced SOCK-wah-kin), and the resort’s exterior and interior design all pay homage to tribal heritage. Circling Raven was named for the tribal leader who helped guide the Tribe through some of its most controversial times. “Sitkwe” – water – provides Ssakwa’q’n with its root meaning and conjures images of the many alpine lakes throughout the Palouse region, refreshing waters that invite sanctuary for personal contemplation.
“The Coeur d’Alene Casino’s Cultural Tourism Program mission is to educate and celebrate the Coeur d’ Alene Tribe’s traditions, values and history,” said Coeur d’Alene Casino CEO Francis SiJohn. “Being recognized nationally for our culture tourism activities is a humbling honor that shows we’re accomplishing our mission well.”

This is the latest honor for Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort pertaining to tourism. It was recently recognized by the National Tour Association as a “Distinguished Dozen” Silver Medal winner for its casino/gaming property. Award criteria included tour product, level of customer service, value to customers, and dedication to relationship building.

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About Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel
Since 1993, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe has operated the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, located where sky greets Mt. Tch’mutpkwe, source of the St. Joe River, 25 miles from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The casino resort is among the largest employers in North Idaho employing between 850-1,100 depending on the season and contributing more than $33.3 million to education in the region since opening. Additionally, millions more have supported a wide range of public projects, emergency relief, charities and programs in the Pacific Northwest. The property features 300 rooms and suites, seven distinct restaurants and lounges, 100,000 square feet of gaming space offering more than 1,400 video gaming machines, high stakes bingo and off-track betting, a 15,000 square foot luxury spa voted 1st for “Resort Spas that deliver the Ahh Factor” by, and Circling Raven Golf Club, an 18-hole, par 72 course acclaimed as a “Top 100” course by every major golf publication in the U.S. LIKE Coeur d’Alene Casino on Facebook and Instagram or follow us on Twitter. For more information about Coeur d’Alene Casino, visit