Cow Creek Band continues to oppose new Coquille Tribe casino

Artist's rendering of the Cedars at Bear Creek in Medford, Oregon. Image from Coquille EIS

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe claims a new Class II facility will upset the gaming industry in Oregon.

The Cow Creek Band operates the Seven Feathers Casino Resort, a Class III facility, in Canyonville. That's about an hour from Medford, where the Coquille Tribe plans to open the $26 million Cedars at Bear Creek.

"If the Coquille were allowed to move forward with this casino, Oregon's current gaming landscape would change dramatically," Michael Rondeau, the CEO of the Cow Creek Band, said in a press release. "Proliferation of gaming would result."

The Coquille Tribe submitted a land-into-trust application to build the new facility on a 2.4-acre site in Medford. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is preparing an environmental impact statement for the project.

The city of Medford and Jackson County are participating in the process although they do not officially support the casino.

Get the Story:
County will help gauge proposed casino's impacts (The Medford Mail Tribune 7/2)

Federal Register Notice:
Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Coquille Indian Tribe Fee-to-Trust and Casino Project, City of Medford, Jackson County, Oregon (January 15, 2015)

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