Author: Debbie Hewlett
Last Updated: 16th September 2021
The Koi Nation has announced intentions to build the Shiloh Resort and Casino on a 68-acre parcel of land in Sonoma County, California, in order to “re-establish its tribal land base.”
The tribe claims that the property selection restores its ability to exercise self-governance and will serve as a foundation for economic development, allowing the Koi Nation to maintain its independence within a few miles of its original home.
The project is expected to comprise a 200-room hotel, 2,500 class III gaming machines, six restaurants and food service sections, a meeting centre, and a spa.
Attorneys representing the Koi Nation have submitted an application with the federal government to place the land in trust, making it suitable for gaming under the IGRA. An environmental study and public comment period will begin in 60 to 90 days as a result of the action.
Darin Beltran, tribal chair said: “The Koi Nation has had to struggle harder than almost any other tribe in California to re-establish our sovereignty.
“Despite this treatment, however, we have endured. It is time to exercise our rights as a federally recognised tribe to have our own land and to control our own destiny.”
Adding: “This region, the historic home of our people, today has one of the highest costs of living in the world, meaning that 90 per cent of our citizens are part of what are considered low-income households.
“By exercising our rights under the IGRA, we can build prosperity for our tribe and make a real difference for our people today as well as for our children and the generations yet to come.”
The projected resort and casino will help the tribe become economically self-sufficient and offer a long-term revenue stream to meet the requirements of current and future generations of tribal residents.
When fully operational, the project is expected to provide hundreds of construction-related employment, as well as 1,100 full-time positions.
“With this land and the Shiloh Resort & Casino, we are taking long overdue steps to preserve our cultural and historic integrity and secure a brighter future for coming generations,” Beltran noted.
“At the same time, our success will also benefit the communities in the region where our people have lived for thousands of years. We are confident the community will support us as we seek to restore our independence and exercise our rights as Native Americans.”