Remember we wrote about Sycuans $30 MILLION Swindle... Sycuan promised to expand in 2009
One of the region’s smallest Indian reservations would triple in size as part of an annexation proposal under federal scrutiny.
The Sycuan Indian band, east of El Cajon, wants to add 1,350 acres to its square-mile reservation, placing property it already owns under sovereign control. The move would also put the land beyond the reach of county tax collectors.
California tribes, many of them flush with casino revenues, have submitted more than 130 similar annexation proposals — known as “fee-to-trust” — with federal authorities just within the last year.
Critics who believe the state and federal governments are lax in their oversight of Indian gaming worry that the expansions will open the door to even bigger casino operations.
Sycuan officials say they have no plans to expand gambling beyond current reservation boundaries. They note that their formal proposal with the government is labeled a “nongaming application.”
The plan’s particulars:
Sycuan first raised the annexation proposal in 2007, but scaled it back by 600 acres due to environmental concerns. The tribe modified the proposal to mitigate some of the environmental impacts.
County Supervisor Dianne Jacob opposes it, noting the loss in tax revenue. Some nearby residents worry about added traffic and development. Backers include Dan Silver, with the Endangered Habitats League, and several local members of Congress, including Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-San Diego, and Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego.
The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs is expected to rule on the proposal within the next few months. As part of the process, the government will consider letters and testimony already submitted by the public.
Let's not let more of our taxable land go to a tribe that didn't fullfil it's promises