Guidiville Band expects Obama answer on casino

The Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians of California expects to receive an answer on its casino proposal from the new administration of president-elect Barack Obama.

The tribe plans a gaming facility at the former Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot in Richmond. The tribe is claiming a "restored" exception under Section 20 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Obama doesn't have much experience with Indian gaming but his platform backs casinos as a way to generate revenues for tribes. His nominees and appointees at the Interior Department will be making decisions on gaming proposals.

"It's going to depend on his Cabinet selections for Department of Interior. There is a lot of discretion there," Michael Anderson, who worked at the Bureau of Indian Affairs during the Clinton administration, told The Contra Costa Times.

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