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Habematolel Pomo casino deal wins final approval

A Class III gaming compact for the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake won passage in the California Senate on Thursday, clearing the way for final approval by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The deal was approved by the Assembly last week. It authorizes a casino with up to 750 slot machines and addresses off-reservation impacts of the project.

While waiting for BIA approval, the tribe will break ground later this month on a $25 million, 34,000-square-foot casino, with 349 slot machines, six game tables, retail shops and restaurants.

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Senate approves Habematolel compact; tribe expects to break ground on casino this month (The Lake County News 12/18)