Enterprise Rancheria quiet on casino despite victory in court

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

The Enterprise Rancheria won a big court decision last month supporting its right to open a casino in California.

But the tribe isn't saying much about the Class II facility at the site in Yuba County. Although plans filed in federal court described a permanent casino, there is still no timeline for development, The Marysville / Yuba City Appeal-Democrat reported.

The tribe went with Class II after a Class III compact ran into opposition from rivals with existing casinos. There have been no discussions of a new agreement, key lawmakers said.

"There really has been no movement," Assemblyman James Gallagher (R) told the paper. "There has been no discussion that I have heard of."

The Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians, also known as the Colusa Indian Community, and the United Auburn Indian Community, sued to stop the new development out of fear it would impact their casinos. Judge Troy L. Nunley rejected their claims in a 33-page decision. on September 24.

The tribes have not publicly said whether they will take the case to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs placed the 40-acre site in trust in December 2012. The lawsuit challenged the acquisition.

Get the Story:
Tribe, attorney mum on casino plans in Yuba County (The Marysville / Yuba City Appeal-Democrat 10/16)

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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