U.S. Interior Dept. poised to green-light Coquille Tribe gambling expansion despite opposition from other tribes

U.S. Interior Dept. poised to green-light Coquille Tribe gambling expansion despite opposition from other tribes

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  • Thomas Catenacci, Fox News
November 20, 2023 8:03 PM

The Biden administration is poised to move forward with a plan to allow a tribe in the Pacific Northwest to build a second casino far beyond its territory, a move other tribes and Democrats in the region have argued vehemently against.

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The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is expected to issue a final environmental impact statement (EIS) potentially green-lighting the Oregon-based Coquille Indian Tribe’s proposal to develop and operate a casino outside its territory in Medford, Oregon, as soon as this week, people familiar with the federal review process told Fox News Digital.

The BIA issued its draft EIS in November 2022 for the proposal and the public comment period for that action lasted until late February.