By JOSE ARBALLO JR.The Press-Enterprise
The San Jacinto City Council is asking that the Bureau of Indian Affairs suspend the application of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians that seeks to annex hundreds of acres the tribe wants to use to build a hotel and casino complex.
The June 23 letter, signed by Mayor Jim Ayres, requests that the federal agency stop processing the application until issues of public safety are resolved. In May, the city requested that the tribe voluntarily pull its application after a series of violent incidents that culminated with the fatal shootings of three tribal members by Riverside County sheriff's deputies.
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