Nation | Tribe: Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians
Near Interstate 80 and Highway 37 Intersection
A $700 million casino in Vallejo, CA is proposed by the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians. The 400,000-square-foot building project includes a casino, restaurants, hotel and spa, and a family entertainment center. The Vallejo casino proposal was rejected by the U.S. Deptment of Interior in 2019, but a federal court has ordered a second review which is currently underway at the Department.
The Vallejo casino project would cost $700 million to build a 400,000-square-foot gaming complex with a casino, hotel, spa, restaurants, and a family entertainment center featuring a movie theater, arcade and bowling alley. See news video of casino plan.
The Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians filed an application in January 2016 with the U.S. Department of Interior to transfer 128 acres of land near I-80 and Highway 37 into federal trust for reservation status. In August 2016 the tribe filed a second application with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to build a casino on that land.
Both applications were rejected by U.S. Department of Interior on Feb. 7, 2019. The Scotts Valley tribe filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in D.C. against the decision on May 24, 2019.
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On Sep. 2022 the Vallejo Casino project was revived by the U.S. Circuit Court in D.C., which sided with the Scotts Valley tribe against the Interior Department. The court ordered the department to revisit the tribe's casino application and reconsider the "inescapable" facts supporting the tribe's ancestral ties to the Vallejo area
The future of the Valley Casino project is now pending with a second review by the Interior Department. A decision is expected in 2023.
$700 million estimated construction cost
400,000 total square footage
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October 12, 2022
The possibility of building the Vallejo casino proposed by the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians in 2016, and rejected by the US Department of Interior in 2019, has been revived by the US District Court in DC.
In a Sep. 30th ruling, the Court agreed with the tribe's claim of ancestral ties to the Vallejo area and ordered the Interior Department to reopen the tribe's casino application and reconsider the "inescapable" historical evidence supporting the homeland claims of the Scotts Valley Indians.
The future of the tribe's Vallejo Casino is now pending with the U.S. Department of Interior. No timeline for a decision has been announced.
Full title: SCOTTS VALLEY BAND OF POMO INDIANS, Plaintiff, v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT
Court: United States District Court, District of Columbia
Date published: Sep 30, 2022
Document: MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson on 09/30/2022.
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October 16, 2016
The Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians has announced plans to build a $700 million casino resort in Vallejo, California. The plan is a 400,000-square-foot project with a casino, hotel and spa, and a family entertainment center.[No Ads]
Vallejo Leaders Surprised By Plans For Large Casino - Courtesy of KPIX CBS SF Bay Area, Oct 16, 2016. Available from YouTube
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