On May 8th, 2008, an American Indian tribe is another step closer to constructing a Las Vegas-style casino establishment in Sonoma County. The Federal Government commented that it plans to put into federal trust the 254 acres of land near Highway 101, which is just outside Rohnert Park on behalf of the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria.
The decision of the federal government on the trust issue will become final after a thirty-day waiting period that will allow for legal questions regarding the federal land trust decision. The Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria wants to construct a casino facility that can host 2,000 slot machines and a hotel facility.
Before the facility can be constructed, the Graton Rancheria tribe must still accomplished an environmental review and negotiate a gaming compact with Governor Schwarzenegger. Aside from the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria tribe, there are a lot of Indian tribes in the state of California that want to build casino facilities. The casino project has drawn criticism from gaming opponents who want to make the San Francisco Bay area free from casino facilities.
05/20/2008 02:02 PM