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Kitzhaber Opposes Second Coquille Tribe Casino
Governor Kitzhaber has written a letter to the Bureau of Indian Affairs opposing the Coquille Indian Tribes proposed “class 2” casino in Medford. The Tribe has asked the federal government to place in trust a portion of the property that was formerly a bowling alley. Tribal Spokesman Ray Doering says the letter in opposition to the tribal plan is disappointing but not surprising. Contrary to reports that tribes had agreed to own only one casino within the state, Doering says there has never been a tribal agreement. Within the Coquille Tribal Compact that was originally in place when the tribe began its process for a Casino in North Bend, there was a provision that the tribe would not seek to open a second casino within the first 5 years. Doering says that has long since passed. The process of placing land in trust involves seeking comments from local and state governments. The governor’s letters were hand delivered to the regional BIA office yesterday.