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US – Koi Nation of Northern California garners widespread support for Shiloh Resort & Casino

By - 11 January 2024

The Koi Nation of Northern California (Koi Nation) has announced that a coalition of current and former elected officials, public agencies, labor unions, tribal governments, and members of the public have voiced their backing for its proposed Shiloh Resort & Casino project in unincorporated Sonoma County.

The Shiloh Resort & Casino will be a destination resort that will provide an economic base for the Koi Nation’s citizens, built on property acquired after having been landless since long before the federal government forced the sale of the uninhabitable Lower Lake Rancheria in the 1950s.

With a 400-room hotel, entertainment venues and a variety of gaming options, the resort will provide income and jobs for the Tribe and its members as well as economic benefits to the surrounding community. The non-smoking Shiloh Casino & Resort will include a 2,500 Class III gaming machine facility, a 200-room hotel, six restaurant and food service areas, a meeting center and a spa, as well as a state-of-the-art live entertainment venue. The design for the low-rise facility integrates with the natural beauty of the region and will be energy-efficient and respectful of the environment, in keeping with the Tribe’s historic relationship with the land.

All together, the Koi Nation’s project has won the support of California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, The Northern California Carpenters Union, Lake County Sheriff Bryan Martin (ret.), Santa Rosa City Councilmember Tom Schwedhelm (ret.), Santa Rosa City Councilmember John Sawyer (ret.), Actor and environmentalist Peter Coyote, Sonoma County Fire District, Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians, Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Tribe, Bishop Paiute Tribe, Hopland Band of Pomo Indians, Ione Band of Miwok Indians, Guidiville Indian Rancheria, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians,Tejon Indian Tribe, Jamul Indian Village of California, Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians, Cahto Tribe of the Laytonville Rancheria, Chicken Ranch Rancheria, Kletsel Dehe Wintun Nation, Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Redding Rancheria, Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians and Yurok Tribe

“The Koi Nation is overjoyed its proposed project has received overwhelming support from a broad cross-section of the community, fellow tribes, and the public,” said Darin Beltran, Chairman of the Koi Nation Tribal Council. “The coalition of our supporters share a recognition of the project’s immense value potential for the Sonoma County community and the moral imperative underlying our effort to right historical wrongs and reestablish our people’s tribal land base.”

The announcement of support comes as the Koi Nation awaits the United States Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) approval of the Environmental Assessment (EA) of its proposed project. On September 12, 2023, the BIA issued a Notice of Availability for the EA, initiating a 60-day public review period which concluded on November 13, 2023.

“The Koi Nation believes it has become increasingly important for tribal governments to advocate for one another as we seek to establish and exercise the sovereign rights we all share under federal law,” said Dino Beltran, Vice Chairman of the Koi Nation’s Tribal Council and its Director of Development. “It is our hope that tribal governments continue to join the eighteen of our brother and sister tribes that have already voiced support and advocacy for our people’s long overdue effort to build a self-sustaining economic future through the placement of land into trust for gaming purposes.”

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