Opponents plan to file lawsuit against Graton casino project

Opponents of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California plan to file as many as two lawsuits in hopes of stopping the tribe from building a casino in Sonoma County.

Stop the 101 Casino Coalition has been fighting the casino for years. The group previously lost a lawsuit due to lack of standing but is gearing up for a new round of litigation now that the tribe signed a Class III gaming compact.

The issue of standing, coincidentally, will be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court in Salazar v. Patchak, another gaming land case.

The Graton Rancheria was recognized through an act of Congress in 2000. The law dictated where the tribe could acquire trust land.

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