Tribal Organization: Timbisha Shoshone Tribe
100 W. California Ave.
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, which has a reservation in Death Valley National Park, is proposing a 20,000 sq-ft casino near the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. The proposed site is on east side of China Lake Blvd. between Desert Valleys Credit Union and the Main Gate of the Naval Station.
The Environmental Impact Study was completed in April 2017. The tribe must now seek an agreement with the city and the county over the impacts of the study. After years of dispute between the tribe and the city, the City of Ridgecrest announced on Jan. 24, 2020 an agreement to sell the property to the tribe for $5.5M oin exchange for a higher mitigation fee.
There is still a long term effort required to seek approval with the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs to place their land into Federal trust. They also will have to negotiate a gaming compact with the state governor, which must then be ratified by the legislature.
|PHASE I Total cost $29 million|
|Building||20,000 sq ft|
|Casino||10,000 sq ft|
|Entertainment Lounge & Bar||3,000 sq ft|
|Meeting/Conference Rooms (2)||2,000 sq ft|
|Restaurant & Buffet||130 seats|
|Cocktail Bar||20 seats|
|Players Club & Retail Shop||500 sq ft|
|PHASE II Total cost $16.8 million|
|Hotel & Pool||80 rooms|
|Theatre Venue||5,000 seats|
|Steak House||80 seats|
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January 31, 2020
A settlement to a legal dispute between the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe and the City and Ridgecrest was announced Jan. 24. The City agreed to sell property located on China Lake Boulevard to the Tribe for $5,500,000, and the Tribe agreed to pay higher mitigation fees per the Municipal Services Agreement.
The land will be the building site for a tribal casino. A hotel may be added in a later phase.
Peggy Breeden, the Mayor of Ridgecrest, is pleased with the agreement. "The City is looking forward to putting this dispute behind us and working with the Tribe for the successful realization of the project. The modifications to the MSA will benefit the City and ensure that we can provide the necessary municipal services."
White Dove Kennedy, the Timbisha Shoshone Tribal Chairwoman said, "The Tribe appreciates the willingness of the City of Ridgecrest to renegotiate our agreements so that we can move forward together. We look forward to a positive government to government relationship with the City, and to bringing an exciting new entertainment option to the residents of Ridgecrest."
January 16, 2018
Comments from the public have been collected and now are being considered over the proposed $29 million Ridgecrest casino. The casino will be owned by the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe.
A meeting was held on Thursday on behalf of the tribe for the city and public to give remarks on the Tribal Environmental Impact Report that was released.
Comments and concerns were documented; however none were addressed. The purpose of the meeting was to gather information for the tribe to use in consideration for their casino plans.
The tribe 's reservation is located in Death Valley National Park. This is 130 miles from the location of the proposed casino. This has caused controversy since the land is so far away. Another issue has been the casino project itself. Residents stressed concern for gaming addiction at the public meeting.
The deadline to submit comments is at the end of this month.
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