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Comment period to close on Cloverdale Rancheria gaming plan

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Artist's rendering of proposed Cloverdale Rancheria casino in Sonoma County, California. Image from Cloverdale Rancheria Fee-to-Trust and Resort Casino Project

The Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians is getting closer to a final decision on its casino project in northern California.

The tribe plans to build a casino and hotel on 65 acres in Sonoma County. Initial plans called for a $320 million but the size depends on market conditions, a spokesperson said.

The tribe started the process more than seven years ago. In that time, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria opened the $825 million Graton Resort and Casino in the county.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs published the final environmental impact statement for the project in April. The comment period closes June 2, sometime after which a record of decision will be issued.

The Cloverdale Rancheria qualifies for an exception in Section 20 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act that applies to tribes that were restored to federal recognition. The tribe was restored in 1983 as part of the Tillie Hardwick litigation.

The tribe received a favorable Indian lands determination from the National Indian Gaming Commission in 2009.

Get the Story:
Cloverdale tribe forging ahead with casino plan (The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat 5/17)

Federal Register Notice:
Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Proposed Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupe┼ło Indians 23-Acre Fee-to-Trust Transfer and Casino-Hotel Project, City of Barstow, San Bernardino County, California (April 18, 2014)

Related Stories:
BIA advances off-reservation casino projects in California (4/18)
Cloverdale Rancheria loses a part of casino site in foreclosure (10/13)

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