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Tejon Indian casino proposed for south of Bakersfield moves forward after years of work

• BY SAM MORGEN [email protected] APRIL 26, 2019

The Tejon Indian Tribe hopes to build a casino just west of Mettler.

A casino project proposed by the Tejon Indian Tribe for a 306-acre area south of Bakersfield has taken an important step forward after years of work by U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.


In February, the bureau released the project's “scoping report,” a document that identified potential environmental impacts of the proposed casino.


The bureau will use the scoping report to develop an all-encompassing environmental impact statement, which will be used to make a recommendation to the U.S. Department of the Interior for its decision on if the tribe is allowed to construct the casino on what is now farmland just west of Mettler.


The bureau hopes to complete the draft environmental impact statement before the end of the year, to be followed by a public comment period prior to making the recommendation.

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