Shawnee Tribe Land in Trust and Casino Project Approved by Department of the Interior
January 19, 2018

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke approved an application by the Shawnee Tribe to place a 103-acre site in federal trust for a casino. The site is in the Oklahoma panhandle. The Shawnee Tribe, formerly landless since the mid-19th century, plans to develop the site with a 42,300 square-foot gaming facility and associated restaurant and retail space. The project will create approximately 200 permanent jobs and provide a revenue source for the tribal government to better serve its 2,500 members. The proposed project was supported by local and state officials, as well as other Oklahoma tribes. An Environmental Assessment (EA), prepared by Analytical Environmental Services (AES), assessed several project alternatives and evaluated potential impacts to water resources, social services, air quality, noise, and traffic. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs with assistance from AES included multiple opportunities for public and agency input.

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