Laughlin River Regatta Refutes Tribe Statement

Written by The Bee

July 28, 2018

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LAUGHLIN—A press release issued by the Fort Mojave Tribe late Friday reportedly stated the Laughlin River Regatta’s announcement earlier this month that they received the “green light” for the August float was premature. 

However, a short time ago the Laughlin River Regatta’s Facebook page made the following statement in reference to the FMIT’s release: 

“Attention Floaters! There has been some #fakenews regarding our permit. The Ft. Mohave Tribe has published a false statement saying that we did not receive our permit…We will see you all on August 11th, 2018!”

The Laughlin River Regatta attached their approval permit and the FMIT’s press release to their page along with the posting. 

The permit, stamped July 13, states it is a conditional marine event permit and is granted subject to applicants commitment to meet any other conditions that may be imposed as a result of ongoing examination under the National Historic Preservation Act. The NHPA process has not been completed yet. 

The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe said in their statement that no finalized permit was issued as of July 25 by the USGC. 

“No final permits have been issued or final agency action taken by the United States Coast Guard for the proposed Regatta,” noted the release. 

Furthermore, the release states that any statements to the contrary have been made without authority of the law. 

The FMIT also points out the section of the NHPA as why the permit is only defined as conditional at this time. 

In a comment to a potential floater, the Laughlin River Regatta stated they had their permit and if anything regarding permitting did arise all participants would be issued a full refund. 

The Bee will continue to follow up on any developing information regarding this issue.

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