Northern Edge Navajo Casino Turns Four, Improves Employees Lives

Navajo Casino Near Farmington Provides Jobs and Revenue for Navajo Nation, Stimulates Local Economy

(Upper Fruitland, NM – January 6, 2016) – The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Navajo Gaming), led by Derrick Watchman, CEO, is proud to celebrate the four-year anniversary of its third Navajo casino, Northern Edge Navajo Casino in the Upper Fruitland Chapter, near Farmington, New Mexico with a $40,000 promotion, complimentary punch and cake and multiple prize giveaways.

“We are proud that travelers to the four corners area and residents of the area continue to seek out our fine gaming and hospitality options at Northern Edge Casino,” stated Derrick Watchman, CEO of Navajo Gaming. “We are grateful for support from the Community, Upper Fruitland Chapter, Farmington, The Navajo Nation President and his administration, the Speaker, Navajo Nation Council and its committees, the Gaming Board, and talented Northern Edge employees whose hard work the past four years has created so much success and allowed us to create hundreds of Navajo jobs, provide valuable job training, and distribute millions of dollars in revenue to the Nation.”


Four-Year Celebration


Northern Edge Navajo Casino is celebrating throughout the month with cash and prize giveaways for the support its have received over the past four years. In addition to enjoying complimentary cake and punch on January 16 and 17. The Casino will be debuting a new live $5 casino chip in honor of the anniversary. These commemorative chips are collectable limited editions, and can be played on Northern Edge table games.


In addition, Northern Edge’s January promotion is a $40,000 Anniversary Celebration with 20 winners each day. Players can earn entries for hourly drawings every Friday and Saturday beginning January 8 from 6-10 p.m.


Northern Edge Navajo Casino opened on January 16, 2012 and is nestled in the Four Corners area between Mount Blanca, Mount Taylor, Mount Hesperus and the San Francisco Peaks. It features multiple dining options including Cedar Bow Restaurant as well as slots, table games, a poker room and live entertainment every weekend. It’s award-winning architecture and art incorporate traditional Navajo symbolism and design while appealing to the modern traveler.


Northern Edge Navajo Casino highlights from the past four years include:

o   Third Navajo Casino opened

o   Nearly 300 total employees

o   86 percent Navajo employees

o   Sponsoring and supporting numerous community and cultural events

o   Providing thousands of dollars to Navajo and community vendors such as local farmers, Navajo Beef ranchers, artisans and musicians

o   First Navajo Casino to offer Navajo Ten Tournaments, a popular card game within the Navajo Nation and similar to rummy games. Several Navajo Ten Tournaments are scheduled for 2016


Where:           Northern Edge Navajo Casino

2752 Indian Service Rd. 36 (N36)

Farmington, New Mexico 87416

(505) 960-7000

To learn more about Northern Edge Navajo Casino visit


About Navajo Gaming:

Navajo Gaming (The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise) is a Navajo Nation wholly-owned business entity created by the Navajo Nation in September 2006. NNGE is authorized by the Navajo Nation to develop and operate Navajo casinos in accordance with federal and Navajo Nation laws, as well as the negotiated Navajo Nation-applicable state compacts (New Mexico and Arizona).


Navajo Gaming opened its first Navajo Casino on November 19, 2008 – Fire Rock Navajo Casino in Church Rock Chapter, near Gallup, New Mexico. The second Navajo Casino opened October 13, 2010 – Flowing Water Navajo Casino in Tsé Daak’áán Chapter, near Shiprock, New Mexico. The third Navajo Casino opened January 16, 2012 – Northern Edge Navajo Casino – in Upper Fruitland Chapter, near Farmington, New Mexico. The fourth Navajo Casino – Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort – is located in Leupp Chapter, near Flagstaff, Arizona. Currently, Navajo Gaming has 1,200 employees.


Navajo Gaming’s vision includes job growth opportunities for Navajos, to continue returning revenue to the Navajo Nation and continue building the Navajo gaming and hospitality brand.