The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe
is asking the public to comment on plans for an off-reservation casino in California.
The tribe wants to build the facility in Ridgecrest. Phase calls for a casino with about 35,000 to 50,000 square feet of space, according to a draft environmental impact report
Phase two would include a larger casino, along with a 100-room hotel and 52,000 square-feet of convention space.
Comments are due January 31 and will be used to prepare a final environmental impact report. There is no timeline for completion.
The tribe must still have the 26.5-acre site placed in trust and negotiate a Class III gaming compact with the state of California.
Shoshone Homeland Act
requires the Bureau of Indian Affairs
certain lands in trust for the tribe in the event a particular parcel in Nevada can't be
acquired. That parcel was not acquired, according to the tribe.
The tribe has a reservation in Death
Valley National Park
but has to look elsewhere for economic opportunities
due to restrictions on development within the park, a federal facility.
Ridgecrest is more than 130 miles from tribal headquarters in Death
Valley. A public meeting there on January 11 drew few speakers, The Ridgecrest Daily Independent reported.
Read More on the Story:
Public feedback collected in brief casino meeting
(The Ridgecrest Daily Independent January 13, 2018)
Casino TEIR: environmental impacts can be mitigated
(The Ridgecrest Daily Independent January 11, 2018)
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