Editorial: Enterprise Rancheria fails to share details on gaming

The Enterprise Rancheria plans to build a gaming facility on this site along Forty Mile Road south of Yuba City. Image from Google Maps

California newspaper wonders what's going on with the Enterprise Rancheria casino because the tribe hasn't revealed much information about the Class II project:
We have to admit we're a little stymied and bemused by plans publicized recently for a mini-casino in Yuba County.

We're not getting a great deal of detail on the deal. The Butte County tribe that's been trying for 13 years to get approval for a really big tribal casino seems to be making some sort of end-run or workaround or jumpstart ... something. We're not sure.

What we know:

Enterprise Rancheria will start building a 10,000-foot casino in Yuba County, according to a report a couple of weeks ago by Harold Kruger. The "temporary" facility would host Class II gaming — bingo, pull tabs, punch boards, tip jars, instant bingo and other games similar to bingo — it can only do "nonbanked" games where players play against other players and there is no house bank.

That's quite a drop-off from the huge facility they originally proffered — a full-fledged casino and hotel operation utilizing more than 300,000 square feet and facilitating Class III gaming — pretty much any sort of gambling.

Get the Story:
Our View: Just what sort of deal are we getting out of mini-casino? (The Marysville/Yuba City Appeal-Democrat 7/14)

Bureau of Indian Affairs Documents:
Press Release | Fact Sheet | Two-Part Determination Letter

Federal Register Notice:
Land Acquisitions; Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California (December 3, 2012)

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