Editorial: Deny another off-reservation casino bid in California

"While we're pleased that the federal government last week hammered what should be the final nail in the coffin of a proposal for Nevada-style urban gaming in Richmond, its continued silence on a similar plan just north of the city limits concerns us.

The first proposal, from the tiny Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians, called for building a massive shoreline resort and casino at Point Molate. The casino would have been bigger than two football fields with more slot machines than the largest gaming facility in Nevada.

Richmond residents, in a November advisory vote, resoundingly rejected the plan.

The City Council heard the message and blocked the development plan. And then on Friday, Larry Echo Hawk, Interior Department assistant secretary for Indian affairs, rejected the tribe's long-standing application to essentially turn the land into a reservation for gaming."

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