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Public comment wanted on possible tribal village and casino in South Bend

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The Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Indians wants to develop over 164 acres of land in South Bend.  They are proposing the development of a tribal village and a casino with hotel, restaurants, meeting space and parking garage.  This would all take place on land that is about two and half miles southwest of downtown South Bend west of Locust street and Northeast of they bypass.

A public scoping meeting about this proposal will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at the Century Center.  It will last until the last public comment is received.  The tribe and the Bureau of Indian Affairs will be hosting the meeting.  Their goal is to gather information to help prepare an environmental impact statement for the proposal.

Areas of environmental concern that have already been identified and will be addressed by the environmental impact statement include air quality, water supply, traffic, public health and safety, noise, aesthetics, and more, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The purpose of this proposal for a tribal village and gaming facility is to improve access to essential tribal government services, economic development, and employment opportunities for the Pokagon Band Tribal community.

Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting and voice their comments.  You can also hand deliver written comments.

We'll have a FOX28 reporter at the meeting and bring you updates on the FOX28 news at 10.

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