Timbisha Shoshone Tribe plans to pay $5.5M to acquire gaming site

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

Officials in Ridgecrest, California, held another discussion on the casino proposed by the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe but no decisions were made about the project.

The tribe wants to build the casino on 26 acres near the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. The property is owned equally by two private entities, The Ridgecrest Daily Independent reported.

The tribe plans to pay $5.5 million for the site, the paper said. Most likely, that cost will be fronted by the developer of the casino.

The tribe is asking the city to enter into a municipal services agreement for the casino. If it goes forward, the tribe will be submitting a land-into-trust application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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