Mountain Home, Idaho
Two Idaho tribes are planning to build a casino in Mountain Home. The Shoshone-Bannock and the Shoshone-Paiute have each started the application process for federal approval with the U.S. Department of Interior. The process is very lengthy and could take a few years.
Shoshone-Bannock rendering of Mountain Home Casino
Mountain Home is the largest city (pop. 16,000) and the county seat of Elmore County, Idaho. The city is located along Interstate 84 about 45 miles southeast of Boise and 86 miles northwest of Twin Falls.
The two tribes seeking to build a casino in the Mountain Home area are the Shoshone-Bannock and the Shoshone-Paiute.
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are federally-recognized and headquartered on The Fort Hall Indian Reservation. The Shoshone-Bannock currently operate three casinos in southeastern Idaho: Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel in Fort Hall, Bannock Peak Casino in Arbon Valley, and Sage Hill Travel Center & Casino in Fort Hall.
The Shoshone-Paiute Tribe is federally recognized had headquartered on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Owyhee County. The tribe does not own a casino.
See details of the two Mountain Home casino plans:
Two Idaho tribes are working on opposing plans to build a casino in Mountain Home, ID according to a report by BoiseDev. The following are the summaries and status of the two plans.
Proposed Mountain Home casino site owned by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
The Shoshone-Bannock want to build a $311 million casino with 2,000 gaming machines, a hotel with 250 rooms, six restaurants, a bowling alley, an arcade, two movie theaters, a convention center, and a horse racetrack.
The casino location would be on a 157-acre site east of Mountain Home off Interstate 84 near Exit 95. The tribe purchased the land in January 2020 for $1.5 million.
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The Shoshone-Paiute has wanted to build its own casino for several decades but has not found the right opportunity to do so. In 2021 the tribe considered a 50/50 partnership with the Fort Hall Business Council to build a Mountain Home casino, but the tribe rejected that deal in favor of 100% ownership.
The Shoshone-Paiute is considering to buy land for a casino on I-84 off Exit 95 near Wingers Restaurant. A description of the casino has not been announced; however, the tribe is partnering with JTC Gaming LLC on developing plans for a casino.
December 2, 2023
In January 2023 the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes hosted an open house to present the public with plans to build a $311 million casino near Mountain Home, Idaho. Since then, there have been no updates or schedule announced for the project.[No Ads]
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes have submitted a casino application with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs of the Department of Interior. The application is currently under study and a decision date is unavailable. If approved, the 157-acre casino site will be transferred into federal trust for the tribe, and the land will be legally sovereign for an Indian gaming casino.
In January 2020 the Shoshone-Bannock purchased 157 acres of land for the casino located along Interstate 84 near Exit 95 east of Mountain Home, Idaho. The casino will feature 2,000 gaming machines, a 250-room hotel, and a 15,000-square-foot event center.
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February 3, 2023
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes held an open house in Mountain Home last week to share and discuss plans with Elmore County residents about a new casino planned for Mountain Home.[No Ads]
Shoshone-Bannock leaders presented the attendees with project details and answered related questions and concerns. The tribe also collected signatures of support for petitioning the U.S. Department of the Interior. Approval of the Mountain Home casino must come from the federal government, Governor Brad Little, and the City of Mountain Home.
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes have completed a feasibility study, their business plan, and an economic impact study. An environmental impact study will be required.
The Shoshone-Paiute tribe from Duck Valley have also announced a competing proposal to build a Mountain Home casino. There is no information on its status at this time. The Shoshone-Bannock tribe has proposed a joint venture with the Shoshone-Paiute tribe. Meetings were held in late 2018, March 2019, and February 2020 without success.
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