Benton Paiute Tribe said to be interested in land swap for casino

A potential site for the Benton Paiute Tribe's casino could be a 30-acre site at the intersection of Route 395 and 203, near the town of Mammoth, according to The Sheet. Image from Google Maps

The Benton Paiute Tribe of California might be joining the Indian gaming industry.

Plans are still in the preliminary stages -- the tribe doesn't even have land for the project. But Chairman Bill Saulque indicated that a casino could be in the works.

“We have to find the land first,” Saulque told The Sheet. “Until then, we can’t say anything.”

According to the paper, the Mono County Board of Supervisors met last week and discussed the possibility of the tribe using a 30-acre site near the town of Mammoth. The land is currently managed by the U.S. Forest Service so acquisition would likely require an act of Congress.

"I communicated to the tribe’s attorney yesterday that there will be opposition," Supervisor Fred Stump told the paper. "After they told me about this, I couldn’t find anyone who thought it would be a good idea."

Separately, the county is being asked to support the tribe's land-into-trust application for its gas station near the town of Benton. A letter could be sent to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, according to the agenda for last week's meeting.

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Casino coming to Mammoth? [Google cached version] (The Sheet 9/19)

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