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Jamul Tribe Plans High-Rise Casino

24 August 2005

JAMUL INDIAN RESERVATION, California – As reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune: "Evoking shock and outrage from neighboring residents, Jamul tribal leaders say they intend to build a 30-story hotel-casino on the only land they have: their six-acre reservation.

"Leaders of the 53-member tribe said yesterday their years-long efforts to build a more traditional resort-casino have been stymied by county, state and federal officials.

"What they are proposing instead is a towering gambling complex that would be like no other in California: a two-or three-story casino sandwiched between a 10-level garage and a 412-room hotel.

"It would be the county's tallest building outside of downtown San Diego, surpassing the Rincon tribe's 21-story Harrah's resort by about 100 feet.

"…The tribe has only four acres open to construction. A tribal cemetery and Catholic chapel take up a third of the reservation…"

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