The Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians
is on track with its long-awaited casino in California.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain
is under construction in Yuba County. The facility is expected to open within 15 months, The Marysville Appeal-Democrat reported.
When it does, the casino will be headed by Mark Birtha, a veteran of the gaming industry. He currently serves as president of a Hard Rock property in Ohio.
"As an industry leader, Mark is the perfect candidate to bridge the exciting collaboration between the two tribes," Chairperson Glenda Nelson said in a press release
. "We are pleased to unite with one of the most exciting and authentic gaming, hospitality and entertainment leaders in the world and can't wait to see what the future holds."
Glenda Nelson, the
chairwoman of the Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria, took
part in a casino groundbreaking in California on April 8,
2016. Photo courtesy Enterprise Rancheria
The casino is being built on a 40 acre site near Sacramento, the state capital, that was placed in trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs
in 2012. The decision came after the tribe secured federal, as well as state, approval to open the casino.
The Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun
, which operates an existing casino in the Sacramento area, challenged the acquisition but the 9th Circuit Court of
upheld the BIA's decision this past May. The tribe did not mount an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court
, thus putting an end to the litigation.
The United Auburn Indian
, another tribe with a Sacramento-area casino, also had challenged the new development. The tribe did not participate in the appeal to the 9th Circuit, however.
The Enterprise Rancheria is also known as the Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe.
The tribe's 40-acre site is about 35 miles north of Sacramento.
A subsidiary of Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc., which is owned by the Seminole Tribe
, is developing and
managing the facility.
"We feel so fortunate to be able to partner with them. Two tribes working together is just fabulous,” Chairperson Nelson told The Appeal-Democrat.
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Hard Rock names president for Yuba County resort, casino
(The Marysville Appeal-Democrat November 28, 2018)
9th Circuit Court of Appeals DecisionCachil Dehe
Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community v. Zinke
(May 2, 2018)
Federal Register Notice Land
Acquisitions; Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California
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