Two Tribes Looking to have Casino's in Mountain Home

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

As originally written about in-depth by publisher Brenda Fincher, two Native American tribes, the Shoshone-Bannock and Shoshone-Pauite tribes, are both pursuing building casinos in Mountain Home. Additionally shared in earlier reports, the Shoshone Bannock tribe—no strangers to casinos­—purchased land in Mountain Home in January of 2020, though they had selected the land as early as 2018. At the time of purchasing, the use of the land was not disclosed.

To combat misinformation, rumors, and speculation, the Mountain Home News reached out to both tribes to gather information straight from the source regarding the potential casinos. Though unfortunately at the time of publication, no comment was received from the Shoshone-Bannock tribe. The Mountain Home News also reached out to the director of Elmore County’s Land use and Building department, Mitra-Mehta Cooper. The details of the conversations held with her and more information regarding the Shoshone-Bannock project can be found in the article “Mountain Home Casino a Done Deal?” by Brenda Fincher in Mountain Home New’s paper published on August 31st of this year.

After speaking on a conference call with Chairman, Vice-chairman, and 4 members of the Shoshone-Paiute, I was able to gather more details regarding the Shoshone-Paiutes’ path to pursuing a casino in Mountain Home. Quotes and statements made in this piece do not reflect the views of myself or the Mountain Home News. (pick up a copy of this weeks edition for the full interview)

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