Graton Rancheria praised for handling of $800M casino plans

It took more than a decade but the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria will open its casino in California later this year.

The Rohnert Park Community Voice notes that opposition to the casino was strong when the city council debated a memorandum of understanding in October 2003. But local leaders say the tribe has handled the situation well.

“The tribe couldn’t be more responsible,” Mayor Pam Stafford said at a council meeting on Tuesday, the Community Voice reported. “They’ve set an example for other tribes to follow.”

The tribe has agreed to pay $251 million to the city over 20 years for public safety, education, traffic improvements and other services. That's $40 million more than was provided in the October 2003 deal.

The $800 million Graton Resort and Casino is due to open later this year.

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