Manzanita Band hopes for approval of off-reservation casino

The Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation in California hopes the Obama administration will approve its off-reservation casino this year.

The tribe has been working with officials in Imperial County to build a casino in Calexico, near the U.S.-Mexico border. Plans call for a facility with 2,000 slot machines and a 200-room hotel.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs could issue a decision on the final environmental impact statement soon. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) would have veto authority over the casino.

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Tribe pursues plans for off-site casino (The San Diego Union-Tribune 2/29)