Enterprise Rancheria foes to dispute Class III gaming compact
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Opponents of the Enterprise Rancheria off-reservation casino will fight the tribe's Class III gaming compact in the California Legislature, The Sacramento Bee reports.
"The compact will run into a buzz saw," Doug Elmets, a spokesperson for the rival United Auburn Indian Community, told the paper.
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Friday approved the Enterprise Rancheria's off-reservation casino. He also signed a compact with the tribe that must be ratified by state lawmakers.
The Enterprise Rancheria is pursuing the casino under the two-part determination section of the
Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs must still approve the tribe's land-into-trust application before the tribe can start construction.
Since 1988, only three tribes have opened casinos under the two-part determination section.
None have been located in California.
The United Auburn Indian Community opened its casino after 1988 under a different section of IGRA that didn't require the governor's approval.
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