Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Chemehuevi will reapply for Barstow casino

Chemehuevi will reapply for Barstow casino
Desert Dispatch | 8.23.2011
Chemehuevi Chairman Charles Wood confirmed the tribe is preparing its application for a casino in Barstow.

Three years after its original application was rejected, the Chemehuevi tribe will try again for
Barstow casino down the street from another proposed casino project.

Chemehuevi Chairman Charles Wood confirmed the tribe is preparing its application for a casino in Barstow and has informally informed the Bureau of Indian Affairs of the project plans.

The tribe runs the Havasu Landing Casino in Havasu Lake and originally applied to operate a casino near the Barstow outlets in 2006. The Chemehuevi’s application came not long after the Los Coyotes Tribe and Big Lagoon Rancheria applied for a dual casino a mile away. Both casinos created municipal service agreements with the city.

The two applications were rejected in January 2008, as a result of a federal memo that required casinos to be within a commutable distance from the tribe’s reservation. The Chemehuevi and Los Coyotes reservations are more than 100 miles away from Barstow.

The rejections came after a two-year battle between the two projects. The Chemehuevi have publicly opposed the competing casino because it says the Los Coyotes, from San Diego County, have no ancestral ties to Barstow. Wood spoke at the July public hearing for the Los Coyotes Casino and said tribes like Los Coyotes have “no legal or cultural right” to a gaming casino in Barstow...
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