Coquille Tribe economic data outlines impacts on existing casinos

The Coquille Tribe is proposing to open a Class II facility on land adjacent to its Bear Creek Golf Course in Medford, Oregon. The golf course is located on leased land and is not a part of a pending land-into-trust application. Photo from Medford Wins / Facebook

A Class II gaming facility proposed by the Coquille Tribe would have negative impacts on existing casinos in Oregon and even California, according to documents obtained by The Medford Mail Tribune.

According to the paper, a consultant hired by the tribe said the Cedars at Bear Creek will impact several facilities. The Karuk Tribe would see a 21.9 percent hit at a casino that's due to open next year in Yreka, California, more than 50 miles away.

The Klamath Tribes would see a 16.5 percent decline in revenues, according to the study, And the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe, a major opponent of the Coquille casino, would lose 13.2 percent.

The economic data was part of an "draft environmental study" that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has circulated to local governments for comments. But it's not clear whether the information will make it into the actual environmental impact statement for the proposed casino.

The BIA has already fallen behind its anticipated schedule for the EIS.

The Coqulile Tribe plans to offer Class II gaming on a 2.42-acre parcel in Medford. The site is about 170 miles from the Mill Casino, the tribe's Class III facility in North Bend.

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Medford casino would cost other tribes (The Medford Mail Tribune 6/9)

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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