Manzanita Band awaits BIA ruling on off-reservation casino

The Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation in California expects a decision on its off-reservation casino this fall, a representative for the tribe said.

The tribe has been pursuing a casino in Calexico, near the U.S.-Mexico border for nearly a decade. A final environmental impact statement was published in October 2011 but the Bureau of Indian Affairs has yet to issue a record of decision.

“The tribe is waiting, I’m waiting … It will be 10 years next year,” Imperial County Board Supervisor John Renison told The Imperial Valley Press. “Now not a week doesn’t go by that I don’t get a question of where’s the casino.”

Officials in the county and in Calexico support the casino.

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Federal Register Notice:
Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Manzanita Band of Kumeyaay Indians Fee-to-Trust Transfer and Casino Project, Calexico, CA (October 7, 2011)

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