March 16, 2009
MARYSVILLE, CA - Yuba County Supervisors voted 4-0 last week to send a letter to the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs supporting a casino proposal by the Maidus tribe to build an Indian casino just outside Marysville. The letter will also indicate that the casino would bring a $32 million annual payroll to the county and 2,000 permanent jobs.
In 2002 the supervisors agreed to give the Oroville-area Maidus tribe 40 acres of land near the corner of Highway 65 and Forty Mile Road for the purpose of building an eight-story hotel and casino. In exchange, the tribe agreed to give up its sovereignty rights and be treated like any other entity without federal Indian land protections.
However, in 2005 county residents voted 52-48 against the casino project on an advisory ballot.
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