Nation | Tribe: Koi Nation of Northern California
222 East Shiloh Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Shiloh Resort & Casino is a $600 million casino resort proposed for Sonoma County by the Koi Nation. The tribe is seeking federal approval to build the casino complex on a 68-acre site northeast of Santa Rosa, California.
The Koi Nation is a federally-recognized tribe, which is seeking federal approval to build the Shiloh Resort & Casino in Sonoma County, California. The Tribe has submitted an application to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to build the casino under authority of the U.S. Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The approval process is lengthy and expected to take 2-4 years.
The planned site of the Shiloh Resort & Casino is currently a vineyard between Highway 101 and the Shiloh Ranch Regional Park. The location is East Shiloh Road and Old Redwood Highway. See map.
The Shiloh Resort & Casino complex will encompass 1.2 million square feet and include a casino with 2,500 slot machines, table games, six restaurants, a 200-room hotel with spa, and a conference center. All buildings will be smoke free. See renderings.
The Koi Nation received federal recognition, which is a prerequsite to qualify for an Indian gaming casino.
Sep 15 2021
The Koi Nation unveiled plans to build the Shiloh Resort & Casino on a newly purchased, 68-acre site in Sonoma County. The tribe also announced it has filed a casino application with U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.
An Environmental Impact Report will be prepared by the federal government with public hearings to address local issues and concern.
If the environmental impact is approved, the Koi Nation must negotiate with Sonoma County and city jurisdictions to mitigate government costs for supporting services, such as fire, police and emergency aid. The Koi Nation will also negotiate with the State of California for a gaming compact to support Class III slot machines and table games.
If all goes as planned, construction could start as early as 2023. It is expected the construction of Shiloh Resort & Casino will take two years to complete.
WHO IS THE KOI NATION?
The Koi Nation of Northern California is a federally-recognized tribe headquartered in Santa Rosa. The tribe has a 17,000-year history in the Sonoma and Lake Counties area. Koi Nation was formally recognized by the federal government in 2019 and purchased the 68-acre site for the casino hotel in 2021.
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Six dining venues are planned. Further details are pending.
200 guest rooms and suites
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The following images are artist renderings of the Shiloh Resort & Casino that were released by the Koi Nation on Setember 15, 2021.
Exterior View - Day
Exterior View - Evening
September 24, 2021
The Koi Nation began a long and difficult journey last week after announcing plans to build the $600 million Shiloh Resort & Casino in Sonoma County. The tribe must now fight its way through the federal approval process, fight legal challenges from opposition groups, negotiate financial support, and win state approval for a gaming compact.
Two other Sonoma tribes have gone through this same experience to build a casino and each plan ended with opposite results. In 2002 the Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians announced plans to build a $320 million casino resort on tribal land on the southeast border of Cloverdale. The casino project has languished for nearly two decades without financial support and with local opposition.
The other Sonoma tribe is the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, which announced plans to build a casino in 2003. It took the tribe ten years to win government approvals and defeat lawsuits before opening the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park in 2013.
The Koi Nation is now starting down a similar path taken by these two tribes.
"We're aware of how the battle will be. It's important we don't get excited. We'd be fools not to know the situation. We're prepared."
-Darin Beltran, Koi Nation Chairman
The Koi Nation has already started the government approval process by submitting an application to the U.S. Department of Interior to take the tribe's 68-acre vineyard site near Shiloh Ranch Regional Park into federal trust for the purpose of building the Shiloh Resort & Casino. The federal process is expected to take 2-4 years.
Opposition to the casino is already forming. Local residents have met to discuss legal options to stop the project. The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria have also expressed strong opposition with this statement:
"My tribe, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, strongly opposes the Koi Nation's attempt to acquire 68 acres of land in trust for a casino and hotel in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County. This is an egregious attempt at reservation shopping outside the Koi Nation's traditional territory and within the territory of other federally recognized tribes."
- Greg Sarris, Chairman Graton Rancheria
Shiloh Resort & Casino plans include a casino with 2,500 slot machines, six restaurants, a hotel with 200 guest rooms and a conference center.
September 17, 2021
The Koi Nation announced plans Wednesday to build a $600 million resort casino on 68 acres of vineyards it recently purchased in Sonoma County. The tribe has submitted a casino application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs within the U.S. Department of Interior. If approved, the land would transfer into federal trust for the tribe giving the land sovereign rights over state juridiction, and allowing the tribe to build the casino.
If approved by the federal govenment, the Shiloh Resort & Casino can operate Class II gaming without state approval. The tribe intends to negotiate a Class III gaming compact with the state which will allow Vegas-style slot machines and table games. In return the tribe will pay the state a percentage of net revenues.
The federal approval process will begin within a few months with the an environmental impact study following by a report and public hearings. That is expected to take about a year.
It is likely there will be lawsuits filed by casino opponents that may delay the approval process. The Shiloh Resort & Casino project should be approved within 2-4 years; however, the lawsuits could extend that time indefinitely.
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