Wilton Rancheria sees BIA movement on long-awaited casino bid

The Wilton Rancheria is finally seeing action on its long-awaited casino project in northern California.

 The tribe plans to use a 282-acre site in Sacramento County for a 601,780 square-foot facility that would include a 110,260 square-foot gaming floor, a 12-story hotel with 302 rooms, a 48,150-square-foot convention center and a parking lot with 3,500 spaces, according to the draft environmental impact statement that was released last week. The land sits off a major highway near Galt, about 25 miles south of Sacramento.

 The Bureau of Indian Affairs will hold a public hearing on the project at the Chabolla Community Center in Galt on January 29. Written comments can be submitted until February 11.

 The tribe's federal recognition was reaffirmed in 2009. Presumably, that makes the tribe eligible for an exception in Section 20 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act that applies to newly recognized tribes.

Posted: Jan 4, 2016,
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