BIA won't commit to timeline for Los Coyotes Band gaming bid

Site in Barstow, California, where Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians wants to build an off-reservation casino. Photo from Barstow Casino and Resort

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is accepting public comments on an off-reservation casino for the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians in California.

The final environmental impact statement for the $160 million Barstow Casino and Resort was released on April 18. The comment period only lasts 30 days but the BIA won't say when a decision will be made.

“I never like to give estimates. I’m not a decision maker. I just process environmental documents,” Chad Broussard, an environmental protection specialist with the BIA, told The Desert Dispatch.

Officials in Barstow support the casino. The site is about 115 miles from the reservation.

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

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