Retired Sheriff Announces Support for Koi Nation Casino Project in Sonoma County

Promotional video narrated by Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin (ret.) celebrates project’s mitigation plans for public safety, traffic, water, and fire.



Santa Rosa, Calif., July 10, 2023 — Retired Sheriff-Coroner of Lake County Brian Martin has announced his support for the Koi Nation’s proposed Shiloh Resort & Casino project in unincorporated Sonoma County.

“The Koi Nation’s Shiloh Resort & Casino is going to be good for Sonoma County’s economy, job market, and tourism industry,” Sheriff Martin said. “The project is an important step in securing a bright, safe, and robust future for the region.”

Sheriff Martin’s support of the Koi Nation’s proposal is informed by a storied career in law enforcement spanning over three decades, much of which was spent serving as a public safety leader in communities that neighbor the proposed site of the Shiloh Resort & Casino to the northeast.  His 17-year tenure at the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, including his elected posting to the agency’s helm in 2014, make Sheriff Martin no stranger to public safety issues relevant to tribal casino projects.

“After over thirty years in law enforcement, I’ve had many communications with community members concerned about issues such as traffic safety, water rights, fire prevention, and most importantly, about issues concerning public safety,” Sheriff Martin said. “I’m happy to share that the Koi Nation has a robust public safety plan to address all of these issues.”

The mitigation plans that have won Sheriff Martin’s respect and support include provisions for on-site security and law enforcement, traffic management, fire mitigation and prevention, and use of readily available on-site water.  In support of full transparency, the Koi Nation has made its project’s planning documents, including the proposed mitigation plans, available to the public on

The Shiloh Resort & Casino will be a destination resort that will provide an economic base for the Tribe, built on property the Tribe acquired after having been landless for most of the last 150 years.  With a 400-room hotel, entertainment venues and a variety of gaming options, the resort will provide income and jobs for the Tribe and its members as well as economic benefits to the community.

“We are honored to have won the support of a regional leader in law enforcement like Sheriff Martin,” said Darin Beltran, Koi Nation Tribal Chairman. “The Koi Nation is confident that the Shiloh Resort & Casino’s mitigation plan will serve to improve public safety for not only our future guests, but also the entire surrounding community.”

A promotional video featuring Sheriff Martin is available at

About the Koi Nation
The Koi Nation’s mission is to empower our people to achieve a better way of life and to maintain tribal integrity and honor through responsive government. We are committed to protecting and exercising our inherent sovereign rights as a federally recognized tribe to their fullest extent, including obtaining land to re-establish a permanent land base for our people who have lived in this region for thousands of years, and creating self-sustaining economic activity to support the tribal government and its people, as well as benefitting the entire community of Sonoma County. For more information visit