Graton Rancheria quiet on next step for long delayed casino

Greg Sarris, the normally outspoken chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California, has been quiet about his tribe's long quest for a casino.

The effort took a significant step forward with the signing of a Class III gaming compact with California Gov. Jerry Brown (D). But other than a few calls to local officials, Sarris hasn't said much to the public about the casino, such as when construction might begin.

Some details were gleaned from a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing by Station Casinos, the tribe's partner. The company said construction could begin this summer, The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported.

But that timeline could slip because the compact still needs legislative approval. Once that occurs, the Bureau of Indian Affairs will take 45 days to review the agreement.

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