California Governor Brown Approves Plan to Allow Two Off-Reservation Casinos
“These decisions change the face of tribal gaming as we know it in California,” said political director of the California Tribal Business Alliance David Quintana. “They will create a new ‘gold
rush’ as investors scramble to move tribes to the most profitable markets with many financially-strapped municipalities that will welcome them with open arms. If history taught us anything,
it's that gold rushes never benefit California's tribes.”
According to Governor Brown, this is not an issue because the two approved casinos were in a unique situation and they followed local zoning laws.
The compacts that allow the new casinos may still be ratified by state legislators after the November elections.
California governor Jerry Brown has approved a plan for two of the state's Indian tribes to open off-reservation casinos. The North Fork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians and the Estom Yumeka
Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria near Yuba City will now be allowed to each open 2,000 slot-machine casinos near state highways.
Opponents of the plan say the decision will lead to massive statewide gambling expansion that may harm California casinos.