Oakland's proposed Indian Casino is officially dead
May 21, 2008
OAKLAND - The Lower Lake Rancheria Koi Nation had previously
proposed building a Las Vegas-style hotel and casino on 35 acres near Oakland
International Airport. In 2005 they decided to end the project after fierce
opposition from Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley and San Leandro. The Koi Nation is a
landless tribe with about 50 members of mostly Pomo ancestry.
On Monday the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs closed their books on the
project by cancelling work on an environmental review and publishing that
decision in the federal register.
Two other East Bay proposals are still alive and proceeding through the
federal review process. The Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians have applied to
build a casino in North Richmond, and the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians have
applied for one at Point Molate.
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