Process Overview

Project Initiation and Scoping

In 2012, the Coquille Tribe purchased a tract of land in south Medford that includes the Roxy Ann Lanes bowling center. Following the purchase, we submitted a request to the Secretary of the Interior to have the lands transferred into Trust for the Tribe.

This request has triggered review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a very lengthy federal process that emphasizes transparency and collaboration with state and local agencies and provides multiple opportunities for public input and comment. The planning process will thoroughly analyze the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the Coquille Tribe’s proposal as well as alternatives to the proposed action and a “no action” alternative.

The timeline below provides an overview of the planning process and highlights opportunities for public involvement.

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Timeline (Approximately 2 to 3 year process.)

Publish Notice of Intent in Federal Register

Following publication of the NOI in the Federal Register, agency staff, members of the public, and public agencies help by identifying relevent, substantive issues for inclusion in the final written scope. The scoping period includes:

  • 30-day scoping period
  • Public meeting
  • Opportunity for initial comments
  • Cooperating Agency requests
  • Develop proposed action and alternatives
  • Scoping Report

Key: Public comment and review opportunities

Develop Draft Environmental Impact Statement

After the scoping period, the proposed action and alternatives are analyzed in the DEIS, which is the detailed study of the potential effects of the development on the local environment.

  • DEIS Notice of Availability (NOA) to public
  • 14–20 months from scoping report

Key: Public comment and review opportunities

Publish Draft Environmental Impact Statement

After the DEIS is published, the public and other interested parties can provide written and oral comments.

  • 45-day written and oral comment period
  • Public meeting

Key: Public comment and review opportunities

Prepare and Publish Final Environmental Impact Statement

The agency analyzes and responds to comments, revises the analysis where relevant, and prepares the FEIS. Preparation and publication of the FEIS include the following steps:

  • FEIS NOA to public
  • 30-day waiting period

Record of Decision (ROD)

  • BIA prepares ROD based on FEIS
  • Submission of decision to DOI

Key: Public comment and review opportunities


  • AGA - American Gambling Association
  • BIA - Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • DEIS - Draft Environmental Impact Statement
  • DOI - Department of the Interior
  • EIS - Environmental Impact Statement
  • FEIS - Final Environmental Impact Statement
  • IGRA - Indian Gaming Regulatory Act
  • NEPA - National Environmental Policy Act
  • NOA - Notice of Availability
  • NOI - Notice of Intent
  • PL 280 - Public Law 83-280
  • ROD - Record of Decision
  • VLTs - Video Lottery Terminals