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Casino Meetings Start Tonight

Five dates presentations planned for the Gorge

Beginning this Thursday, Sept. 15, a series of open houses will be held to receive public input on a resort and casino project in Cascade Locks proposed by the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.

Sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), U.S. Department of the Interior, five open houses are being held to provide information about the proposed casino project and to solicit public input on potential issues to analyze in the EIS, alternatives to the Tribal proposal, and possible positive and negative effects of the project.

These events will be open houses rather than public hearings.

Several opportunities to comment will be provided, including: court recorders to record statements attendees may wish to make; comment cards; and opportunities to comment on maps and other background information.

Staff will be available to present information and answer questions. Each open house will include two informational presentations and question/answer sessions.

The open houses are scheduled for:

Thursday, Sept. 15, 6-8:30 p.m., Port of Cascade Locks Gorge Pavilion, Marine Park

Saturday, Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Port of Cascade Locks Gorge Pavilion, Marine Park

Monday, Sept. 19, 5-8 p.m., Benson High School, Cafeteria, 546 NE 12th Avenue, Portland

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6-8:30 p.m., Hood River Inn, Gorge Room

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6-8:30 p.m., Rock Creek Center, 710 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson

The open houses are part of a 45-day public comment period for an environmental impact statement (EIS) being prepared by BIA to analyze the Tribe's proposal.

Interested parties can also comment on the project by September 30, 2005 by:

Submitting a comment using the project web site, www.gorgecasinoEIS.com.

Mailing or faxing a letter to: June Boynton, Bureau of Indian Affairs; 911 NE 11th Avenue; Portland, Ore. 97232; Fax: 503-231-2201. Note: BIA does not currently have e-mail access.

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