Tribal Organization: Estom Yumeka Maidu of the Enterprise Rancheria
OPENING MAY 2017
FIRE MOUNTAIN CASINO
Yuba County, CA
The Enterprise Rancheria is building a $186 million Class III Indian casino in Yuba County.
They originally planned to build gaming and entertainment resort that included casino, a 170-room hotel & pool, restaurants and bars, gift shops, and conference facilities. The plan became stalled after strong litigation and opposition from neighboring Indian tribes.
As a result the project was cancelled. In September 2015 a new plan was announced that downsized the project from a a Class III casino to a Class II casino.
Class III Indian gaming is sometimes referred to as Vegas-style and is played against the house. Class II Indian gaming is played exclusively against other players and not the house. It does not require the tribe to get local or state government approval.
However, in February 2016 U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley ordered California to enter into a Class III gambling compact with the tribe. A compact was negotiated and signed by the governor followed by approval by the U.S. Department of Interior. This allowed the Fire Mountain Casino to proceed with construction.
The United Auburn Indian Community which owns Thunder Valley Casino Resort sued to stop construction. The Fire Mountain Casino site is 20 miles from Thunder Valley. This lawsuit was rejected by the California appeals court on October 13, 2016. Two weeks later the United Auburn Indian Community filed an appeal in California's 3rd District Court.
As a result of the appeal construction on the Fire Mountain Casino has been temporarily suspended.
Fire Mountain Casino will be built on a 40-acre site on 40 Mile Road in Yuba County. This location is in the southern end of ancestral lands which lie between the south and north forks of the Feather River. It is a 30-minute drive north of Thunder Valley Casino.
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