Tribes in California submit proposals to city to develop casino

An aerial view Mare Island. Photo from City of Vallejo

Tribes have submitted proposals to the city of Vallejo, California, to develop a casino on Mare Island.

The Elem Colony and the Koi Nation are among 11 developers that submitted bids by an October 1 deadline. The Vallejo Times-Herald said two more proposals include a tribal gaming component although it wasn't clear which ones from a list published in the paper.

The paper asked the city to see the proposals but was told they were confidential for now. But if a tribal bidder is selected, presumably the tribe would start the land-into-trust process for the site.

Mare Island was a former Navy property that was transferred to the city. More than 150 acres is available for development, the paper said.

Mare Island is about 35 miles from downtown San Francisco. The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians operates the San Pablo Lytton Casino, a Class II facility, in San Pablo, about 18 miles from the city.

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria operate the Graton Resort and Casino, a Class III facility, about 50 miles from San Francisco.

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Four Indian casinos among North Mare Island RFQ responses (The Vallejo Times-Herald 10/10)

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