Thomas Larson noon, Nov. 21
Jamul Indians Cut Developer Ties, Revive Casino Plans
The Jamul Indian Village, where a tribe of Kumeyaay Indians reside on what County Supervisor Dianne Jacob has referred to as a 6 acre “so-called reservation,” has announced plans to pursue a scaled-down version of the casino it has sought in the East County community of Jamul since 1999.
Yesterday the group announced that it had severed ties with Minnesota-based Lakes Entertainment, with whom it had planned to partner to build a 12 story, $350 million hotel/casino complex. The tribe instead is moving forward with a scaled-down plan, calling for a casino about half the size originally envisioned and without a hotel.
The tribe is expected to reveal its new plans later this week and begin a public review process seeking feedback from local stakeholders. “Ultimately, the newly designed project will create jobs for its neighbors in the Jamul and Dulzura areas, allow the tribe to become self-sufficient, and enable it to share gaming revenue with local governments and charities,” the tribe said in a release.
“They have a real uphill battle. There is so much bad blood,” Jacobs told the San Diego U-T last month when the tribe first indicated it would revive its casino plan.