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Cathedral City Fee-to-trust Casino Project

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (Tribe) proposes to build a gaming facility and ancillary amenities on land that it owns contiguous to the Tribe’s Reservation within the City of Cathedral City (City), in Riverside County, California (Proposed Project). As part of the Proposed Project, an application has been filed with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to take approximately 13 acres of land into trust on behalf of the Tribe for gaming purposes. The federal actions necessary to implement the Proposed Project trigger the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). An Environmental Assessment/Tribal Environmental Impact Report (EA/TEIR) is being prepared to meet the requirements of NEPA and the 2016 Tribal-State Compact.

The Tribe proposes to develop the new trust lands with the following uses:

  • Casino
  • Restaurants/bars
  • Retail and mixed-use space
  • Tribal government offices
  • Parking

The scoping comment period is open from December 29, 2017 to January 29, 2018. A scoping hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on January 18, 2018 at DoubleTree by Hilton, located at 67967 Vista Chino in Cathedral City, CA 92234.

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