Timbisha Shoshone Tribe sees opposition to off-reservation casino

The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe hopes to build a casino at this site along North China Lake Boulevard in Ridgecrest, California. Image from Google Maps

It looks like the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe is facing a tough road with a proposed off-reservation casino in California.

According to The Ridgecrest Daily Independent, nearly every member of the public expressed opposition to the project at a city council meeting on Wednesday, prompting officials to delay action on a proposed municipal services agreement with the tribe. The issue will now be considered at a special meeting next Wednesday, the paper said.

The tribe hopes to open a casino near the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. A land-into-trust application will be submitted to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The tribe has a reservation in Death Valley National Park but it has to look elsewhere for economic development due to restrictions there.

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Council tables casino action (The Ridgecrest Daily Independent 4/21)

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