The Agua Caliente Band of
is moving forward with plans for a third gaming facility in southern California.
Plans call for a 125,000 square-foot facility in Cathedral City, according to news reports.
The casino will take up 65,000 square-feet of space, with retail accounting for another 60,000 square-feet.
"There is so much going on in downtown right now, the casino is going to be, in my opinion, in our opinion another invaluable catalyst," Stone James, the city's director of economic development, told KMIR.
The tribe has filed a land-into-trust application
as part of the process. The Bureau of Indian Affairs
held a scoping meeting on January 18 and is taking public comments until January 29.
The next step would be the issuance of an environmental assessment, which is considered less stringent than an environmental impact statement. An EA typically goes through the BIA's review process quicker than an EIS.
Indianz.Com on Google Maps: Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
Generally, land acquired after the passage of the Indian
Gaming Regulatory Act
in 1988 can't be used for a casino. But that doesn't apply when the land is contiguous an existing reservation.
In the case of the Agua Caliente Band, the 13-acre site in Cathedral City is contiguous to the reservation, according to the BIA.
The tribe operates the Spa
in Palm Springs and the Agua Caliente Casino Resort
in Rancho Mirage. Cathedral City is located between those two
The tribe's Class III gaming
was amended in 2016 to authorize up to four additional casinos. The
agreement specifically envisioned facilities on sites contiguous to the
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