Thursday, January 24, 2013

Twentynine Palms Band Looking to Build Casino on Tribal Land

The Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians, after looking at land in Joshua Tree, has set its sights once again on building a casino on tribal land in Twentynine Palms.

That was the word from Twentynine Palms City Manager Richard Warne, who announced at the Tuesday, Jan. 22, City Council meeting that he contacted tribal officials to ask about activity on the reservation land at Baseline and Adobe Road.

Warne said he spoke to the tribe’s chief financial officer, who told him the tribe is making plans to build a 30,000-square-foot casino on the land.

Plans, he was told, will begin with construction of a tortoise fence around the property to prevent tortoises from moving into the area.

Tribal officials, he noted, are planning to release an environmental impact statement for the proposed casino on Monday, Jan. 28, and are planning a public meeting about the project in February.

Originally proposed in late 2007, the project had at one time called for a 60,000-square-foot casino with 350 slot machines along with table games, a bingo hall, two restaurants and a sports bar.
The 160 acres of tribal land was also slated to host an RV park with space for more than 100 RVs, tent and cabin sites along with amenities including electrical, water, cable TV, telephone and sewer hookups, wireless Internet access, a 24-hour convenience store, swimming pools, showers and locker rooms, barbecue facilities, a dump site and laundry facilities.

The Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians operates Spotlight 29 Casino in Indio.
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