Yuroks propose splitting $27.5M
- Plan includes individual payouts and casino project
Depending on how its members vote next month on a money-sharing proposal, the Yurok Tribe says it could break ground on a hotel-resort-casino project this spring thanks to a recent legal settlement with the U.S. government.
Individual tribal members also stand to profit from the settlement, according to tribal officials.
The Yurok Tribal Council approved a referendum Friday that, if approved in a tribal election, would distribute 63 percent of the $27.5 million settlement to its members, according to a Yurok press release. The remaining 37 percent, about $10 million, would pay for construction of the hotel-resort-casino, said Tribal Chairman Thomas O�Rourke Sr.
�This will complete construction,� he said, adding that the resort-casino�s design and permitting work have been completed. �It will sit directly across the tribal administration building next to the highway.�
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