North Fork Rancheria's gaming pact opposed by distant tribes

A Class III gaming compact for the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians is facing opposition from tribes that operate casinos hundreds of miles away.

The North Fork Rancheria plans to open an casino on a 305-acre site near the city of Madera. But the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians -- whose casinos are more than 300 miles away in southern California -- say the deal sets a bad precedent for off-reservation gaming.

“Ratification of these particular compacts would not be just and would neither serve the interests of a majority of Indian tribes nor a majority of Californians,” Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro said in a letter, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.

As part of the compact, the North Fork Rancheria will share revenues with the state. The Wiyot Tribe will receive up to 3.5 percent of those revenues under a separate compact in which the tribe agreed not to open a casino on its reservation.

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