The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians
will open its long-awaited casino in California in May.
Harrah's Northern California
is a 71,000 square-foot facility in Amador County, approximately 32 miles southeast of Sacramento, the state capital. The casino features 950 slot machines, 20 table games, a full-service restaurant and three eateries.
According to a post on social media
, grand opening weekend runs from May 17 through May 19. "We cannot wait to officially join this wonderful community - see you soon!" the post read.
The tribe has been pursuing the casino for more than a decade. Opposition at the local level resulted
in four trips to two different appeals courts during that time.
The most recent decision came from the D.C. Circuit Court of
. The tribe's case was so strong that the judges didn't even bother to hold an oral argument before confirming that its trust lands can be used for a casino.
Following the victory, the tribe partnered with gaming giant Caesars Entertainment to bring the Harrah's brand to northern California. A groundbreaking took place in April 2018.
D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals DecisionAmador County
v. Department of the Interior
(November 27, 2017)
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