August 31, 2012
Two California Native American tribes have been given the approval from Governor Jerry Brown to build casinos off of tribal land.
The compact between the state and the tribes were signed on Friday by Gov. Brown. The two tribes involved are the Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians and North Fork Rancheria tribe.
Currently there is a federal law that bans tribal casinos from being built on reservations established after 1988. However, in September of 2011, the US Department of the Interior approved an exception to federal law. The exception allows for off reservation casinos to be built if the Interior Secretary believes it would be in the best interest of a tribe.
The federal government approved the proposed casinos and Brown also agreed that it would be favorable for the tribes.
The Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians are working towards plans to build a casino near Marysville. Also the North Fork Rancheria plan to build their casino near the city of Madera.
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