Blue Lake Rancheria Tribal Justice Center

Notice of Availability - Posted on 02/03/2021

This Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (40 CFR § 1500-1508) to assist the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to comply with 42 U.S.C. § 4371 et. seq.

The EA documents the environmental review for the proposed development of a multi-purpose Justice Center and Transportation/O.E.S. Complex to be constructed on trust lands within the boundaries of the Blue Lake Rancheria. The purpose of the EA is to investigate and outline the potential environmental effects associated with the development of the facility. The Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), as Lead Agency, will use this EA to determine if the approval of the development of the multi-purpose Tribal Court Facility would result in significant effects to the environment.

The purpose of the EA is to satisfy the environmental review process of NEPA as set forth by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice to document the need for the Blue Lake Rancheria to develop and administer the types of services that would be made available at the Blue Lake Rancheria Justice Center. The document provides a detailed description of the Proposed Action and an analysis of the potential environmental consequences associated with development of the proposed project. Also included is a discussion and analysis of project alternatives, impact avoidance, and mitigation measures. These mitigation measures are incorporated into the Environmental Consequences section of the EA and summarized in Table 4.

Proposed is the construction of a BLR Multi-Purpose Justice Center and Transportation/O.E.S. complex on a portion of a 33.47-acre parcel with an affected area of 2.8 acres of tribally-owned trust lands within the boundaries of the Blue Lake Rancheria, Humboldt County, California. The U.S. Department of the Interior, through the Bureau of Indian Affairs, has been designated by federal law as the “Trustee” of all Indian lands. The BIA does not weigh in nor administer trust land within control of the Tribe and for Tribal purposes except in the approval of leases. Leases are not proposed under this action.

By being aligned with the other tribal and non-tribal social service, health, and administrative entities, the Justice Center is a projected two-story, 10,750 square foot facility that will house the Rancheria’s Police Department, Tribal Court, Emergency Services, and Tribal staff. The Justice Center’s first floor will include a reception area, Tribal library, Elders Meal Program kitchen, dining hall, Emergency Operations Center, Tribal Court, and Police Department. The second floor of the facility will house Tribal administration offices.

The proposed Transportation/O.E.S. complex consists of a 4,338 square foot building that will house a Tribal Transportation Office and Garage as well as the Fire Department. Both buildings are on the same lot.

The proposed project involves construction of two new buildings and equipment purchase by the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe on Tribal Trust Lands using grant funds received, in part, from the US Department of Justice, the annual continuing appropriations under the Tribal Transportation Program (TTP), and additional funds will be provided by the Tribe.

The complete draft EA, provided by LACO Associates can be found below:


Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe Public Notice May 2020

Application to the Department of Housing and Urban Development Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) – Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Program

To help prepare for, prevent, and respond to COVID 19, The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe (BLR; Blue Lake, California) is proposing to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG), Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Program, to acquire and install a 5,600-square foot Modular Health Center (MHC) for COVID 19 response. BLR is requesting $776,160 to acquire and install the MHC. Figure 1 shows the proposed location at BLR of the MHC (blue star).

The HMHC will provide facilities for: 1) COVID 19 testing and assessment, 2) pandemic and other emergency response coordination, 3) information collection and dissemination (serving as a pandemic fusion center), and 4) inventory and storage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies. BLR has responded swiftly to the threat of COVID 19 but does not have adequate facilities for safe and effective delivery of pandemic response and other public health measures. The HMHC will provide a critical piece of BLR’s pandemic response toolkit.

Given the restrictions imposed on public meetings by the pandemic health guidelines, BLR is soliciting comment and input on the MHC through electronic channels. Tribal stakeholders can provide input on the proposed MHC by emailing or by calling 707-668-5101. Questions about the proposal should be direct to David Narum, Project Manager at the Blue Lake Rancheria, at


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BLR Tribal
Government Office:

TEL: 707.668.5101
FAX: 707.668.4272
EMAIL: info@

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Blue Lake Rancheria
PO BOX 428
Blue Lake, CA 95525

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Blue Lake Rancheria
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