Draft EA/TEIRThe Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (Tribe) proposes to build a gaming facility and ancillary amenities on land that it owns contiguous to the Tribe’s Reservation within the City of Cathedral City (City), in Riverside County, California (Proposed Project). As part of the Proposed Project, an application has been filed with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to take approximately 13.6 acres of land into trust on behalf of the Tribe for gaming purposes. The federal actions necessary to implement the Proposed Project trigger the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). A combined Environmental Assessment/Tribal Environmental Impact Report (EA/TEIR) has been prepared to meet both the requirements of NEPA and the 2016 Tribal-State Gaming Compact between the State of California and the Tribe.

A scoping comment period for the EA/TEIR was opened from December 29, 2017 to January 29, 2018, with a scoping hearing held on January 18.

The BIA issued a Notice of Availability/Completion of the Draft EA/TEIR on October 19, 2018. The public comment period for the Draft EA/TEIR will be open for 45 days, beginning on October 19, 2018 and ending on December 3, 2018.

For additional information, please contact Chad Broussard, Environmental Scientist, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Region, at (916) 978-6165 or by email at chad.broussard@bia.gov. Written comments should be mailed to:

    Amy Dutschke, Regional Director
    Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Region
    2800 Cottage Way
    Sacramento, CA 95825

Comments can also be emailed to Chad Broussard, Environmental Scientist, at: chad.broussard@bia.gov. Please title the subject of your comments “Agua Caliente Cathedral City Fee-to-Trust Casino Project EA Comments”.

The EA can be downloaded from this website or can be viewed during the public comment period at the Cathedral City Branch Library located at 33520 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City, CA 92234, telephone (760) 328-4262.