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North County tribe's Barstow casino project moves forward
North County Times,
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 11:01:33 AM
A North County tribe's plans to build a casino near Barstow took another step forward Friday when the U.S. Department of Interior released a draft environmental impact report for public comment.
The Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians first proposed the casino nearly 10 years ago. The tribe's reservation near Warner Springs is too remote for a casino, tribal leaders say. They plan to build a casino on Interstate 15 near Barstow to capture some of the travelers headed to Las Vegas.
A stumbling block for the project has been getting land for the casino. The federal government must agree to take the land into trust for the tribe.
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