Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Manzanita Band of Kumeyaay Indians Fee-to-Trust Transfer and Casino Project, Calexico, Imperial County, CA, 12203-12204 [E8-4354]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 45 / Thursday, March 6, 2008 / Notices 12203 APPENDIX A.—FISCAL YEAR 2006 HOUSING COUNSELING GRANTS—Continued RHODE ISLAND HOUSING AND MORTGAGE FINANCE CORPORATION, 44 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903–1721, Grant Type: Comprehensive, Amount Awarded: $132,209. VIRGINIA HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, 601 S. Belvedere Street, Richmond, VA 23220, Grant Type: Comprehensive, Amount Awarded: $83,776. SANTA ANA (SHFA–COMP) IDAHO HOUSING AND FINANCE ASSOCIATION, 565 West Myrtle, P.O. Box 7899, Boise, ID 83702, Grant Type: Comprehensive, Amount Awarded: $212,610. WASHINGTON STATE HOUSING FINANCE COMMISSION, 1000 2nd Avenue, Suite 2700, Seattle, WA 98104–1046, Grant Type: Comprehensive, Amount Awarded: $151,509. HECM (2) INTERMEDIARY (HECM) MONEY MANAGEMENT INTERNATIONAL INC., 9009 West Loop South, Suite 700, Houston, TX 77096–1719, Grant Type: HECM, Amount Awarded: $1,147,586. [FR Doc. E8–4306 Filed 3–5–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Manzanita Band of Kumeyaay Indians Fee-to-Trust Transfer and Casino Project, Calexico, Imperial County, CA Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), as lead agency, with the National Indian Gaming Commission, the City of Calexico and the Manzanita Band of Kumeyaay Indians (Tribe) as cooperating agencies, intends to gather information necessary for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed 60.8-acre fee-to-trust transfer and casino project in Calexico, Imperial County, California. This notice also announces a public scoping meeting to identify potential issues, concerns and alternatives to be considered in the EIS. DATES: Written comments on the scope and implementation of this proposal must arrive by April 7, 2008. The public scoping meeting will be held March 27, 2008, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., or until all those who register to make statements have been heard. ADDRESSES: You may mail or hand carry written comments to Amy Dutschke, Acting Regional Director, Pacific Regional Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, California 95825. Please include your name, return caption, address and ‘‘DEIS Scoping Comments, Manzanita VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:57 Mar 05, 2008 Jkt 214001 NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR CREDIT COUNSELING, INC., 801 Roeder Road, Suite 900, Silver Spring, MD 20910–3372, Grant Type: HECM, Amount Awarded: $1,852,414. Band of Kumeyaay Indians, 60.8-acre fee-to-trust Casino Project, Calexico, California,’’ on the first page of your written comments. The public scoping meeting will be held at the County of Imperial Board of Supervisors Chamber Room, 940 West Main Street, Suite 211, El Centro, California 92243. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Rydzik, (916) 978–6042. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Tribe proposes that 60.8 acres of land be taken into trust and plans to develop a casino facility on the land. The property is located at the northernmost gateway to the City of Calexico, a California/Mexico border city of growing importance in international trade. The project site is situated at the southwest quadrant of State Highway 111 and Jasper Road and is bounded on the south and west by the Central Main and Dogwood Canals. The 60.8-acre parcel is undeveloped, former agricultural land and is located within the site of the City of Calexico’s proposed 111 Calexico Place commercial highway development project. The Tribe proposes to develop a 220,000-square-foot casino facility on the 60.8-acre parcel. The casino facility would include approximately 90,000 square feet of gaming space, 120,000 square feet of food/beverage and retail components and 10,000 square feet of entertainment venue. In addition, there would be a 50,000-square-foot banquet/ meeting hall and a 260-room hotel. The casino would have 2,000 slot machines and 45 gaming tables. There will be three guest restaurants and one employee dining room. A swimming pool and a parking structure containing 3,000 spaces for guests and 400 valet parking spaces would also be developed within the project area. The Tribe’s application seeks to take a 60.8-acre off-reservation parcel into PO 00000 Frm 00134 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 trust under Section 5 of the Indian Reorganization Act and implementing regulations in 25 CFR part 151, and requests a Secretarial determination under Section 20(b) (1) (A) of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act that a proposed gaming establishment on the parcel would be in the best interest of the Tribe and its members, and not detrimental to the surrounding community. The purpose of the proposed action is to help improve the tribal economy of the Manzanita Band and assist tribal members to attain economic selfsufficiency. We are aware that some members of the public have expressed concern about off-reservation gaming. In this case, the parcel is located approximately 50 miles from the Tribe’s reservation. We are soliciting and will consider accommodating the views of elected officials (State, county, city, etc.) and community members in the local area as part of our decision making process. We also plan a more detailed consideration of the broad implications associated with new gaming operations within established communities where gaming is not currently conducted. Areas of environmental concern to be addressed in the EIS include land resources, water resources, biological resources, cultural resources, traffic and transportation, noise, air quality, public health/environmental hazards, public services and utilities, hazardous waste and materials, socio-economics, environmental justice and visual resources/aesthetics. In addition to the proposed action, a reasonable range of alternatives, including the no-action alternative will be analyzed in the EIS. The range of issues and alternatives may be expanded based on comments received during the scoping process. Public Comment Availability Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other E:\FR\FM\06MRN1.SGM 06MRN1 12204 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 45 / Thursday, March 6, 2008 / Notices personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority This notice is published in accordance with sections 1501.7, 1506.6 and 1508.22 of the Council of Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR, Parts 1500 through 1508) implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4371, et seq.), and the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1–6), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.l. Dated: February 15, 2008. Carl J. Artman, Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E8–4354 Filed 3–5–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Notice of Cancellation of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Stockbridge—Munsee Casino, Sullivan County, NY Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: 16:57 Mar 05, 2008 Jkt 214001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kurt G. Chandler, (615) 564–6832. The BIA published its Notice of Intent to prepare the EIS on November 24, 2003, in the Federal Register (68 FR 65467). The notice included project details. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its Notice of Availability of the Draft EIS for this proposed action on February 11, 2005, in the Federal Register (70 FR 7257). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Comment Availability Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES section, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) intends to cancel work on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed taking into federal trust of land in Sullivan County, New York, for the Stockbridge—Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin (Tribe). The Tribe proposed to develop and operate a Class III gaming facility and associated facilities on the trust property. The EIS is no longer needed because the Department of the Interior has decided not to accept the land into trust, on the basis that the proposed action did not adequately meet criteria in 25 CFR 151.3; 151.10(b); 151.10(c); and 151.11(b) for trust acquisition. DATES: This cancellation is effective April 8, 2008. Any written comments must arrive by April 7, 2008. ADDRESSES: You may mail, hand carry or fax written comments to Mr. Franklin VerDate Aug<31>2005 Keel, Regional Director, Eastern Region, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 545 Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville, Tennessee 37214, fax (615) 564–6701. This notice is published in accordance with sections 1503.1 and 1506.6 of the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508) implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Quality Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et. seq.), and the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1–6), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.1. Dated: February 22, 2008. James E. Cason, Associate Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–4356 Filed 3–5–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P PO 00000 Frm 00135 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Trust Acquisition of an Initial Reservation for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in the Town of Mashpee, Barnstable County, and Town of Middleboro, Plymouth County, MA, Including a Gaming Facility at the Middleboro Property Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as Lead Agency, with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (Tribe) as Cooperating Agency, will be gathering information needed for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed trust acquisition of approximately 679 acres of land as the Tribe’s initial reservation. The proposed acquisition includes approximately 140 acres in the Town of Mashpee, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, and approximately 539 acres in the Town of Middleboro, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. The property in Mashpee would be used for tribal administrative and cultural purposes and housing for tribal members. For the property in Middleboro, the Tribe plans the construction of a gaming facility with related facilities. The purposes of the proposed federal action are to provide a land base for the Tribe and to help meet the economic needs of the Tribe and its members. This notice also announces public scoping meetings to identify potential issues, alternatives and content for inclusion in the EIS. DATES: Written comments on the scope and implementation of this proposal must arrive by April 9, 2008. The public scoping meetings will be held March 25 and March 26, 2008, starting at 6 p.m. and continuing until all those who register to make statements have been heard. You may mail, hand carry or fax written comments to Franklin Keel, Regional Director, Eastern Regional Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 545 Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville, Tennessee 37214, fax (615) 564–6550. The March 25, 2008, meeting will be at the Middlboro High School Auditorium, 71 East Grove Street, Middleboro, Massachusetts. The March 26, 2008, meeting will be at the Mashpee High School Auditorium, 500 ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\06MRN1.SGM 06MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Proposed Manzanita Band of Kumeyaay Indians Fee-to-Trust Transfer 
and Casino Project, Calexico, Imperial County, CA

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs (BIA), as lead agency, with the National Indian Gaming 
Commission, the City of Calexico and the Manzanita Band of Kumeyaay 
Indians (Tribe) as cooperating agencies, intends to gather information 
necessary for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a 
proposed 60.8-acre fee-to-trust transfer and casino project in 
Calexico, Imperial County, California. This notice also announces a 
public scoping meeting to identify potential issues, concerns and 
alternatives to be considered in the EIS.

DATES: Written comments on the scope and implementation of this 
proposal must arrive by April 7, 2008. The public scoping meeting will 
be held March 27, 2008, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., or until all those who 
register to make statements have been heard.

ADDRESSES: You may mail or hand carry written comments to Amy Dutschke, 
Acting Regional Director, Pacific Regional Office, Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, California 95825. Please include 
your name, return caption, address and ``DEIS Scoping Comments, 
Manzanita Band of Kumeyaay Indians, 60.8-acre fee-to-trust Casino 
Project, Calexico, California,'' on the first page of your written 
comments.
    The public scoping meeting will be held at the County of Imperial 
Board of Supervisors Chamber Room, 940 West Main Street, Suite 211, El 
Centro, California 92243.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Rydzik, (916) 978-6042.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Tribe proposes that 60.8 acres of land 
be taken into trust and plans to develop a casino facility on the land. 
The property is located at the northernmost gateway to the City of 
Calexico, a California/Mexico border city of growing importance in 
international trade. The project site is situated at the southwest 
quadrant of State Highway 111 and Jasper Road and is bounded on the 
south and west by the Central Main and Dogwood Canals. The 60.8-acre 
parcel is undeveloped, former agricultural land and is located within 
the site of the City of Calexico's proposed 111 Calexico Place 
commercial highway development project.
    The Tribe proposes to develop a 220,000-square-foot casino facility 
on the 60.8-acre parcel. The casino facility would include 
approximately 90,000 square feet of gaming space, 120,000 square feet 
of food/beverage and retail components and 10,000 square feet of 
entertainment venue. In addition, there would be a 50,000-square-foot 
banquet/meeting hall and a 260-room hotel. The casino would have 2,000 
slot machines and 45 gaming tables. There will be three guest 
restaurants and one employee dining room. A swimming pool and a parking 
structure containing 3,000 spaces for guests and 400 valet parking 
spaces would also be developed within the project area.
    The Tribe's application seeks to take a 60.8-acre off-reservation 
parcel into trust under Section 5 of the Indian Reorganization Act and 
implementing regulations in 25 CFR part 151, and requests a Secretarial 
determination under Section 20(b) (1) (A) of the Indian Gaming 
Regulatory Act that a proposed gaming establishment on the parcel would 
be in the best interest of the Tribe and its members, and not 
detrimental to the surrounding community. The purpose of the proposed 
action is to help improve the tribal economy of the Manzanita Band and 
assist tribal members to attain economic self-sufficiency. We are aware 
that some members of the public have expressed concern about off-
reservation gaming. In this case, the parcel is located approximately 
50 miles from the Tribe's reservation. We are soliciting and will 
consider accommodating the views of elected officials (State, county, 
city, etc.) and community members in the local area as part of our 
decision making process. We also plan a more detailed consideration of 
the broad implications associated with new gaming operations within 
established communities where gaming is not currently conducted.
    Areas of environmental concern to be addressed in the EIS include 
land resources, water resources, biological resources, cultural 
resources, traffic and transportation, noise, air quality, public 
health/environmental hazards, public services and utilities, hazardous 
waste and materials, socio-economics, environmental justice and visual 
resources/aesthetics. In addition to the proposed action, a reasonable 
range of alternatives, including the no-action alternative will be 
analyzed in the EIS. The range of issues and alternatives may be 
expanded based on comments received during the scoping process.

Public Comment Availability

    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or 
other

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personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware 
that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

Authority

    This notice is published in accordance with sections 1501.7, 1506.6 
and 1508.22 of the Council of Environmental Quality Regulations (40 
CFR, Parts 1500 through 1508) implementing the procedural requirements 
of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 
4371, et seq.), and the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1-6), 
and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant 
Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.l.

    Dated: February 15, 2008.
Carl J. Artman,
Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs.
 [FR Doc. E8-4354 Filed 3-5-08; 8:45 am]
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