BIA to host public meeting for Pokagon Band casino in Indiana

This image shows Alternative A for the land-into-trust site in South Bend, Indiana. No plans have been approved as of yet. Image from Pokagon EIS

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will hold a public hearing next month to discuss a potential casino for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.

A draft environmental impact statement outlines plans for a $480 million tribal village in South Bend, Indiana. The project would include 44 housing units, a clinic, a governmental building, along with a casino and hotel on 166 acres.

The meeting takes place at 6pm on April 14 at the Century Center in South Bend. Written comments can also be submitted to the BIA.

The next step would be a final environmental impact statement, to be followed by a record of decision. There is no timeline for an answer.

Pokagon headquarters are located in Dowagiac, Michigan, but many members live in the South Bend area, less than 25 miles away. The tribe maintains an office in South Bend.

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Meeting set to discuss South Bend casino plans (The South Bend Tribune 3/14)
Potential casino could revitalize Elkhart County's rural area (ABC57 News 4/19)

Federal Register Notices:
Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Fee-to-Trust Transfer for Tribal Village and Casino, City of South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana (March 12, 2015)
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Pokagon Band Tribal Village Fee-to-Trust Acquisition and Casino Project in the City of South Bend, St. Joseph County, IN (August 24, 2012)

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