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Jamul Indian Village Publishes 3rd Casino Study

The Jamul Indian Village took another step toward the creation of a Jamul casino Dec. 18 when it released an amended environmental impact document for the project.

The tribe has proposed a casino as well as a hotel on six acres off state Route 94, southeast of Spring Valley and Rancho San Diego. The cost of the entire complex could exceed $250 million, according to tribal Chairman Leon Acebedo.

The project has been a lightning rod for criticism. Among its most vocal critics has been San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

“This project has been looked at from every conceivable angle when considering potential environmental, public services and infrastructure impacts,” said Acebedo in a prepared statement announcing the study’s release.

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Acebedo’s office noted that it was the third environmental report his tribe has prepared related to a Jamul casino. “When you combine the amount of work done for the three studies, you have perhaps the most comprehensive assessment of any project , tribal or non-tribal , you’ll find anywhere in the United States,” Acebedo said.

The tribe plans to build the casino in partnership with Minneapolis-based Lakes Entertainment.

A tribal-state compact requires the American Indian tribe to complete the document, similar to the environmental studies required by state and federal governments for major development projects.

, Brad Graves

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