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Warm Springs Tribes not worried about BIA policy

The Warm Springs Tribes of Oregon are confident their off-reservation casino will survive Bureau of Indian Affairs review, a spokesperson said.

The tribes want to have land placed in trust in Cascade Locks. The gaming site is about 105 miles from tribal headquarters.

The BIA says it will consider whether an off-reservation casino site is within a "commutable" or "reasonable" distance from a reservation. That could make it hard for the Warm Springs Tribes to win approval for the project.

But a spokesperson said the casino site is only 40 miles from the reservation border. According to Google Maps, the driving distance between the northwestern border of the reservation and Cascade Locks is about 69 miles.

The BIA rejected 11 off-reservation casinos last week, citing the distance between the gaming sites and the reservation. The Warm Springs proposal is still on the table and the BIA plans to hold a final round of public hearings.

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