An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been prepared to assess the environmental effects of a 40-acre fee-to-trust land acquisition in unincorporated Yuba County, California for the Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe (Enterprise Rancheria or Tribe). The proposed action includes the trust acquisition of the 40-acre property for a casino, and the approval by the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) of a gaming management contract. Additionally, the EIS analyzes a reasonable range of alternatives, including development alternatives and a no action alternative.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is the federal agency that is charged with reviewing and approving Tribal applications pursuant to 25 C.F.R. Part 151 to take land into federal trust status. The NIGC is the Federal Agency that reviews and approves all management contracts between Indian tribes and management companies pursuant to its regulatory authority under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). For this EIS, the BIA serves as the Lead Agency for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the NIGC, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Yuba County, and the Tribe serve as Cooperating Agencies.
The EIS process is being conducted in accordance with the requirements set forth in NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations for Implementing NEPA (40 C.F.R. Parts 1500-1508); and the BIA’s NEPA handbook (59 IAM 3-H).