California tribes await state action on off-reservation casinos

Two California tribes made history when their off-reservation casinos were approved by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) in September but they are still waiting for legislative approval of their Class III gaming compacts.

The Enterprise Rancheria plans to build a casino with 2,000 slot machines near Marysville. The site is about 32 miles from tribal headquarters.

The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians is also planning a casino with 2,000 slot machines near Fresno. The site is about 38 miles from the reservation.

If the state Legislature approves the compacts, the final step will be for the Bureau of Indian Affairs to place the gaming sites in trust. The National Indian Gaming Commission is also reviewing the gaming management contracts for the Enterprise environmental impact statement and the North Fork environmental impact statement.

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