Karuk Tribe clears first hurdle with vote on Class III gaming deal

Artist's rendering of Karuk Tribe casino in Yreka, California. Image from Karuk Casino

The California Senate voted 28-4 on Thursday to ratify a Class III gaming compact for the Karuk Tribe.

Passage of SB 1224 came after the city of Yreka withdrew its opposition. The tribe is negotiating an agreement with the city to address impacts of the casino.

The bill needs approval from the Assembly before it can be sent to Gov. Jerry Brown (D). If he signs it, the compact can be sent to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for review.

The tribe is planning to build a casino in two phases. The first phase calls for a 36,497 square-foot facility with 500 gaming devices and a 120-seat restaurant. A second phase will include a hotel.

The compact authorizes up to 1,500 slot machines and requires the tribe to share 10 percent of the net win if more than 350 devices are in operation.

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Senator: "No known opposition" to Karuk casino (The Siskiyou Daily News 8/15)
California Senate approves Yreka casino (The Los Angeles Times 8/15)

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