The Buena Vista Rancheria
of Me-Wuk Indians
celebrated the grand opening of its long-awaited casino in California over the weekend.
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
"This weekend was as much a celebration of opening as it was a 'thank you' to the local community and our guests who have been so supportive of the development," Chairwoman Rhonda Pope-Flores said in a press release
. "The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians have a long history of hospitality and this weekend was just the start of many celebrations we plan to bring to the community."
The tribe pursued the casino for more than a decade. Opposition
at the local level resulted
in four trips to two different appeals courts but the tribe kept winning.
The most recent victory 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 the land in Amador County can be used for
Following the decision, the tribe partnered with gaming giant Caesars
Entertainment to bring the Harrah's brand to northern California. A
groundbreaking took place in April 2018.
The casino itself started welcoming customers on April 29.
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