- Project timeline
2009: Tribe settles lawsuit allowing it to elect its own government and begin holding regular tribal council meetings as a federally recognized tribe.
Feb. 19, 2013: Letter mailed to Elk Grove and Sacramento County alerting them a land agreement is near, as required by a memorandum of understanding previously filed in court.
March 5: Tribe makes first formal presentation on plan to the public and Galt City Council members
Dec. 4: The Bureau of Indian Affairs gave notice that it intends to gather information necessary for preparing an environmental impact statement in connection with the tribe’s application requesting that the United States acquire land in trust in Sacramento County for the construction and operation of the gaming facility.
Dec. 19: Scoping meeting allows first opportunity for official public input on project.
Jan. 6, 2014: Deadline for written comments to be received by the BIA.
February/march 2014: Scoping report could be available, followed by the draft environmental impact statement, public review and hearing on the draft, then a final EIS, comment period and finally a Record of Decision which would complete the environmental review.
2018: If approved, targeted year for groundbreaking.
2020: Goal to open casino, school, housing and health care center.
— Jennifer Bonnett
- Your input is sought
Written comments regarding the proposed gaming facility must be received by Jan. 6. They can be mailed or hand-delivered to Amy Dutschke, regional director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Region, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825.
Include your name, return address and “NOI Comments, Wilton Rancheria Project” on the first page of your written comments.
The input will become part of an official scoping report anticipated to be released to the public in February or March.
— Jennifer Bonnett
Posted: Saturday, December 21, 2013 12:00 am
Nature conservancy, environmental effects and traffic were some of the concerns addressed at a public scoping meeting held Thursday to discuss the Wilton Rancheria Casino project planned just outside Galt. About 50 people attended the public meeting in Galt, according to John Rydzik, chief of the Division of Environmental, Cultural Resource Management and Safety, Bureau of Indian Affairs Pacific Regional Office, based in Sacramento.
The tribe has submitted an application to the BIA requesting the placement of approximately 282 acres in trust by the United States, upon which the tribe would construct a gaming facility north of Twin Cities Road between Highway 99 and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. The property is now a cow pasture.
Saturday, December 21, 2013 12:00 am.