May 03, 2014 7:09 PM
MIKE LAMB, STAFF WRITER
BARSTOW • A Bureau of Indians Affairs official in the Pacific Regional office says the comment and review process for the proposed $160 million casino and resort off Lenwood Road could take two years or longer.
Chad Broussard, an environmental protection specialist with the BIA, says the comment period by law is required to take 30 days. But he says it usually takes longer.
“I never like to give estimates. I’m not a decision maker. I just process environmental documents,” Broussard said.
The Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians has been seeking to build the casino on about 23 acres of land near the Tanger Outlet mall for about 12 years.
The project to build a casino off of Indian reservation land is part of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. It specifically allows a federally recognized tribe to apply to have land taken into trusts so that it can be used for Indian gaming if the Department of Interior determines that it would be beneficial to the tribe and not detrimental to the surrounding community. The governor also would have to sign off on the project.
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