Cloverdale Rancheria wins approval of casino land-into-trust bid

Artist's rendering of the proposed Cloverdale Rancheria casino in Sonoma County, California. Image from Cloverdale Rancheria Fee-to-Trust and Resort Casino Project

The Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians is moving forward with plans for a casino in northern California.

The tribe finally won Bureau of Indian Affairs approval of its land-into-trust application, The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported. The decision comes two years after the final environmental impact statement was issued and nearly eight years after the process formally began.

“They want to be part of the community; they want to be good neighbors,” Rob Muelrath, a consultant for the tribe, told the paper.

Plans call for a casino and hotel on about 62 acres in Sonoma County. The EIS envisioned a 575,600 square-foot facility and 244 hotel rooms.

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Approval of homeland for Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians clears path for casino (The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat 4/30)

Federal Register Notice:
Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians' Proposed 65-Acre Fee-to-Trust Acquisition and Resort Casino Project, Sonoma County, California (April 18, 2014)

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