BIA faces July 6 deadline for Graton Rancheria gaming compact

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has until July 6 to review a Class III gaming compact for the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reports.

The deadline comes amid a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate the compact. A group called the Stop the Casino 101 Coalition is suing Gov. Jerry Brown (D) in state court.

The deadline also has implications on casino construction. According to news reports, the National Indian Gaming Commission says the tribe must break ground between April 15 and October 15.

Station Casinos, the tribe's partner, wants to start work this summer. But litigation could delay construction.

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