An aerial view of the Shingle Springs Rancheria along Highway 50 in northern California. The large structure is the Red Hawk Casino. Image: Google Earth

Shingle Springs Band acquires 35.9 acres for $1.2 million

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians has acquired land near its reservation in northern California, The Sacramento Business Journal reports.

The tribe paid $1.2 million for 35.9 acres, The Journal said. There are no plans for development or other purposes at this time.

“The tribe has absolutely no plans of any kind for the land,” spokesperson Kim Stoll told the Journal. “It is for future generations.”

The Journal did not say whether the tribe plans to have the land placed in trust.

The tribe once had a 240-acre reservation but lost 80 acres after the Bureau of Indian Affairs sold it without consent. The tribe refused to let the BIA sell the remaining 160-acre parcel, according to Congressional testimony.

The tribe has since reacquired properties near the reservation. In 2014, Congress enacted H.R.2388 to transfer 40 acres of federal property to the tribe.

In related news, the Environmental Protection Agency held a public hearing last week on a permit for the tribe's fuel station. Local officials supported the project but residents were opposed, according to news reports.

The comment period on the permit closed July 13, a day after the hearing.

Read More on the Story:
Shingle Springs Rancheria buys undeveloped land in El Dorado County (The Sacramento Business Journal July 20, 2018)
EPA Hearing on New Fuel Station in Shingle Springs! (KAHI July 20, 2018)
Public hearing held on tribe’s fuel station (The Mountain Democrat July 18, 2018)

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