The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation (the “Tribe”) owns and operates the Cache Creek Casino Resort (the “Resort”) situated on federally-owned land that is held in trust for the Tribe and located at 14455 Highway 16, Brooks, California (the “Trust Land”). The Resort is operated by the Tribe pursuant to a gaming compact with the State of California (the “Compact”). The Compact requires that, before beginning construction of any new “Project” (as defined in the Compact), the Tribe cause to be prepared a tribal environmental impact report (a “TEIR”) analyzing the potentially significant off-reservation environmental impacts of that Project. That environmental analysis is to be conducted pursuant to the process described in the Compact.
The Tribe’s governing body ― specifically, its Tribal Council ― has authorized the preparation of a TEIR for a potential project on the Trust Land that would add to the Resort an additional hotel tower and the other components (“Hotel Expansion Project” or the “Proposed Project”). The Hotel Expansion Project is a “Project” under the Compact, and therefore requires a TEIR.
A Notice of Preparation (NOP) was issued on March 21, 2016, which informs the public that the Tribe is beginning the TEIR process and that, as required by that process, a draft of the TEIR for the Hotel Expansion Project will be prepared by environmental consultants engaged by the Tribe. In accordance with the Compact, comments may be provided to the Tribe at any time during the 30-day period following issuance of the NOP. The Tribe requests that you identify in your comments any potentially significant off-reservation environmental impacts, and any reasonable mitigation measures to address those impacts, that you believe should be considered in the draft TEIR for the Hotel Expansion Project. Comments should be in writing and sent by mail to the following address, and will be considered timely if postmarked no later than April 21, 2016. Please send your comments to:
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation
18960 Puhkum Road
P.O. Box 18
Brooks, CA 95606