Earlier this summer, I wondered in the Tsuu T'ina Nation had made a terrible mistake in their rejection of the Provincial Ring Road deal? I also was not surprised by their decision as they had no real reason to ratify the deal. Well the City and Province have moved on, and no the Tsuu T'ina may have finally realized that their "Sacred Casino" revenues may be in jeopardy!
The impending interchange that is being planned for Glenmore and 37 Street will close off the easy access to the Grey Eagle casino, which has the Nation in a state of anger (or panic?). The leadership of the band should have anticipated this, but once again...greed likely got in the way. They were likely told that this would be a better location than the main entrance to the Tsuu T'ina at Anderson Road & 37th Street, due to the proximity to the wealthy west side of town. With no historic access or developed roads in the area, this leaves one way in...and one way out. Big Mistake.
If the road access is closed to the Casino at 37th/Glenmore, the Tsuu T'ina should not panic. I am sure that the majority of the casino patrons will not mind driving all the way down to 37th/Anderson and taking a scenic cruise through the reserve up to the casino. Even IF the road is unpaved and has no street lights. It could be renamed as "Blackjack Trail", "Slot Street", "Poker Parkway" or my favorite...."Bankruptcy Blvd"!
Perhaps its time the Tsuu T'ina leaders look at their own Plan B!