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Cowlitz Tribe moves closer to casino approval


The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington is one step closer to opening a casino with the publication of a environmental impact statement for the project.

The tribe plans to build a $510 million Cowlitz Casino Resort on 152 acres in Clark County. The EIS recommends the land be taken into trust and declared an initial reservation for the newly recognized tribe.

The EIS also recommends the approval of a gaming management contract. The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, owners of the Mohegan Sun Casino, will help run the Cowlitz facility

The Bureau of Indian Affairs isn't required to adopt the preferred alternative. But it is likely that the casino will be approved.

Comments are being accepted until June 30. A final decision will be made on or after July 1.

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Federal Register Notice:
Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe's Proposed 151.87-Acre Fee-to-Trust Transfer, Reservation Proclamation, and Casino-Resort Project, Clark County, WA (May 30, 2008)