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Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation reaches $161M casino mitigation deal

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation owns and operates the Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, California. Photo: Marilyn M

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation will pay $161 million over 22 years to address the impacts of a casino expansion project in California.

The payments to Yolo County start after construction begins at the Cache Creek Casino Resort. Plans call for a nine-story hotel with 459 rooms and a pool area, a 13,350 square-foot ballroom, more dining and restaurant space, a 118-unit parking lot and nearly 103,000 square-feet of support space.

"We are very pleased and excited about the agreement because it will provide valuable resources focused specifically on important programs and concerns in the county and valley we share as our home,” Chairman Leland Kinter said in a press release. “This shows how much we can achieve by working together, government-to-government, as partners.”

The agreement was approved by the county board of supervisors on Wednesday. The vote was unanimous, according to news reports.

The tribe released an environmental impact report but has not said when it will begin construction.

Read More on the Story:
Tribe to pay county more than $161 million over 22 years under new agreement (The Davis Enterprise 4/5)
New tribal pact will provide county with $161M over next 22 years (The Woodland Daily Democrat 4/4)

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