California Tribes Approved for Off-Reservation Casinos

California Tribes Approved for Off-Reservation Casinos

Could tribal casinos go up away from Indian reservations in California soon?

Long restricted to Native American reservations, tribal-operated gambling enterprises in California look ready to expand in a way that is big. One off-reservation casino has been already approved, which has a great many other tribes looking at if they can’t move into the rest of the state as well.

Compacts Permit New Sites

The expansion officially began weeks hence, when the State Legislature approved a tight involving the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and Governor Jerry Brown. That compact permitted the tribe to construct a casino featuring 2,000 slot machines in Madera County. This is notable since the site of the casino will be over 30 miles from the lands historically occupied by the tribe the result of the long and ultimately fruitful negotiation between the tribe, other tribes, and the state federal government.

That move has given other tribes hopes of moving away from their conventional reservations as well. There are now other tribes looking at casinos in Yuba County, San Bernardino County and Imperial County also.

But there’s no guarantee that any one of these projects will finally go ahead. Anti-casino teams are already lining up to give voters a chance to block the Mono Indian project, suggesting that voters should have a chance to veto the project through a referendum.

Citizens Want a Say

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