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Soboba Band still working on plan to relocate casino to new site


A view of the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California. Photo from Facebook

After nearly eight years of work, the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians of California finally won approval of a land-into-trust application.

The tribe plans to move the existing Soboba Casino to the new 410-acre site. Plans are still being developed but Chairwoman Rosemary Morillo welcomed the long-awaited decision.

“This has been a long time coming,” Morillo said at a signing ceremony with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. “It's been a struggle, it doesn't happen right away; it's not an easy process.”

The BIA published the the final environmental impact statement for the application in November 2013. The document envisions a 729,000 square-foot casino to be called Horseshoe Grande.

“We don't have a date,” Morillo told the paper, addressing when the tribe will start work on the new facility. “We can't really plan on something that is up in the air.”

The new sits sits next to the Soboba Springs Country Club, which the tribe owns.

Get the Story:
Soboba tribe adds land to reservation (The Riverside Press-Enterprise 5/30)

Federal Register Notice:
Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians' Proposed 534-Acre Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, Riverside County, California (November 29, 2013)

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