Hearing slated on Indian tribe's plans for a casino in Medford

The Medford City Council will hold a public hearing to discuss the Coquille Indian tribe's proposal for a local casino at 7 p.m., Thursday, at the Jackson County Courthouse Auditorium, 10 S. Oakdale Ave.

The Coquille have asked the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to place 2.42 acres in south Medford in a government trust. That would start a process that could lead to reservation status for the site.

In addition, the Coquille have asked the federal Office of Indian Gaming Management for an exception to a prohibition on gaming on lands acquired after October 1988.

In September 2012, the Coquille tribe announced it had purchased Roxy Ann Lanes bowling alley and the former Kim's Restaurant in hopes of opening a Medford casino along South Pacific Highway.

The tribe also agreed to lease Bear Creek Golf Course, adjacent to the two buildings.

The council will allow three minutes for anyone wishing to comment on the Coquille tribe's proposal.

The Cow Creek tribe, which runs Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville, has voiced its opposition to the proposal.

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