Tribal Organization: Wilton Rancheria
ELK GROVE CASINO
Highway 99 and Grant Line Road
Elk Grove, Sacramento County, CA
Wilton Rancheria will build a $400 million casino off Highway 99 and Grant Line Road in Sacramento County. The site is 35.9 acres in The Outlet Collection at Elk Grove.
In September 2016 the Elk Grove City Council approved a local agreement with the tribe. Wilton Rancheria will pay the city $132 million over 20 years to cover the financial impact of the casino on its community.
The proposed site is "off-reservation" land. The tribe opted to purchase it for a casino and applied to the U.S. Interior Department for special approval. A favorable decision was issued in January 2017 and the land was taken into federal trust.
This prompted opposition groups to appeal the legality of that decision . In July 2017 the Interior Department denied their appeal.
A week later Gov. Jerry Brown announced he had negotiated and signed a gaming compact with the tribe allowing 2,500 slot machines. The compact was then ratified by the legislature. Final signoffs and approvals were announced in October 2017.
Construction is expected to take 12-18 months to complete.
November 07, 2018
On October 31 the management contract for the proposed Elk Grove casino was approved by the National Indian Gaming Commission.
The proposed casino will be owned by the Wilton Rancheria tribe. Boyd Gaming will be partnering with the tribe for the casino project. One reason why approval must be given from the commission is to be sure that the tribe is not taken advantage of.
The environmental impact statement was also submitted with the management contract. The U.S. Department of the Interior completed the report previously as part of the process for taking land into trust for the tribe. This occurred last year.
The tribe is now a step closer to receiving their final approval to build their casino. If progress continues to be made, the Elk Grove casino could open by late 2020.Back