Bureau of Indian Affairs prepares for environmental review of proposed Medford casino


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MEDFORD, Oregon — The Coquille Indian Tribe's proposal to build a casino in Medford is taking a step forward as the Bureau of Indian Affairs prepares for an environmental review of the plan.

The BIA is seeking public comment as it decides what factors should be included in the review.

The Mail Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1Au13ay ) that the Medford City Council wants a thorough review looking at the casino's impacts on transportation, public safety and socioeconomic issues.

Plans call for a casino limited to video gambling on 2.4 acres of land in south Medford.

The casino proposal has been opposed by local governments, Gov. John Kitzhaber and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, which operates the nearby Seven Feathers Casino.

Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/

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