The Big Sandy Rancheria Band of Western Mono Indians filed a draft environmental impact statement last week for a proposed casino and resort near Friant, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which also participated in the filing.
The complex would have a gaming floor, restaurant and lounge facilities, an entertainment hall, a hotel and conference center and a multi-level parking garage. The public has 75 days to comment on the statement, from Jan. 14 to March 28.
A public hearing is planned Wednesday, Feb. 2, on the project. It will be from 6 to 9 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of Foothill Middle School, 29147 Auberry Road in Prather.
The draft environmental statement outlines the environmental impacts of the construction and the mitigation measures that would be used to minimize them.
It seems to be a bit outside their tribal lands, but it would definitely cut into the overall business of the Picayune Rancheria's Chukchansi Casino. Anyone want to be that Picayune will fight their neighboring tribes plan to become self reliant?