Augustine Indian Reservation Fee-to-Trust Transfer of Approximately 37-acres


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs (U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs)
Document Title
Augustine Indian Reservation Fee-to-Trust Transfer of Approximately 37-acres
Document Type
EA - Environmental Assessment
Present Land Use

Document Description
Note: EA/FONSI The project proposes to take a 37.08-acre (approximately 37-acre) fee-simple parcel owned by the Augustine Band of Cahuilla Mission Indians (Tribe) within the exterior boundaries of the Augustine Indian Reservation into tribal trust status. This would increase the acreage of the existing Reservation from 502 acres to 540 acres. No changes in land use or development are currently proposed or planned. The BIA is the principal federal agency with jurisdiction over Indian trust lands and other trust matters and will use this EA to determine if approval of the transfer to tribal trust status would result in significant effects to the Human Environment. The approximately 37-acre Area of Potential Effect (APE) is located in the south-central portion of Riverside County. It is located on land south of State Route 111 and west of State Route 86. The parcel is located in the southwest corner of Section 18. The project is located in Section 18, Township 6 South, Range 8 East as shown on the Indio USGS 7.5' Quadrangle. Specifically, the project site is located at the northeast corner of Van Buren Street and Airport Boulevard, immediately east of Coachella Valley Union High School. The purpose of the proposed action is to provide increased long-term socio-economic security for the Augustine Band of Cahuilla Mission Indians through the expansion of the Reservation. While no development of the approximately 37 acres is proposed or planned at this time, the Tribe will gain the ability and the authority to make land use decision regarding this parcel.

Contact Information
Valerie Thomas
U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs
901 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite C-101
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Phone : (760) 416-2133


Total Acres
Other Location Info
Augustine Indian Reservation
Other Information
Nearest Community: Augustine Indian Reservation

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
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Project Issues
Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Economics/Jobs Social Traffic/Circulation Water Supply Wildlife Land Use Cumulative Effects
Reviewing Agencies
Air Resources Board, Airport/Energy Projects California Department of Health and Human Services California Department of Parks and Recreation California Highway Patrol Caltrans, District 8 Caltrans, Division of Aeronautics Caltrans, Division of Transportation Planning Department of Conservation Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6 Department of Water Resources Native American Heritage Commission Other Agency(ies) Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 7 Resources Agency State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance

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