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The Fort Independence Indian Community of Paiute Indians (Tribe) proposes to develop a combination Class II and Class III Gaming Complex and associated full service hotel structure within the western portion of the 360-acre Fort Independence Reservation, generally north and west of the Tribe's existing gas station/mini mart along U.S. Highway 395. The project consists of two phases. Phase 1 consists of an approximately 80,000 square foot gaming floor accommodating up to 800 gaming machines and table games, a 60-room four-story hotel, and related facilities. Phase 2 would include expanded facilities, restaurants, and additional amenities, with full build-out including a conference center, multi-purpose event center, and related and ancillary facilities.

The Tribe is the Lead Agency for the preparation of a Tribal Environmental Impact Report (TEIR) to assess the potential off-reservation environmental impacts of the proposed project. The Tribe entered into a Tribal-State Gaming Compact (Compact) with the State of California which requires preparation of the TEIR, mitigation of impacts, and an agreement with the County to address benefits and impacts to the satisfaction of the Governor. The Compact also describes the requirements for the TEIR.

  Comments on the NOP should be sent directly to the Tribe at: Fort Independence Indian Community of Paiute Indians, PO Box 214, Independence, CA 93526. The deadline for comments on the NOP is September 16, 2013.  

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