After little action for a long time, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is beginning gathering information for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Lac du Flambeau Tribe's fee-to-trust transfer and casino project in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. Shullsburg is located near the Illinois border near Platteville.
The tribe would like to operate a gaming facility at Shullsburg, along with it's operation in Lac du Flambeau.
A consultant for the tribe, Joseph Hunt, says a new application to federal officials was filed after the first attempt was denied. A rules change enabled the tribe to re-apply for permission to construct the facility....
"...the recent notice is in the Federal Register is a notification that the Bureau of Indian Affairs is going to be hosting a public scoping meeting in Shullsburg to talk about the project to get input...."
Hunt says the new proposal is smaller, but is similar to the past proposal...
"....the project is a bit more compact than it was originally. It still includes the gaming facility, hotel, restaurant, retail, entertainment and convention space. It's just not as big(as the prior proposal)..."
Hunt says the environmental study could take up to a year to complete. Hunt says the study is expensive to complete.
The B.I.A. Scoping Meeting is set for Thursday, August 15 at the Shullsburg High School at 6:00 p.m. Hunt says local officials are backing the proposal.