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Wiyot Tribe's new compact with state awaits ratification

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  • Sal Camarillo
    Pending ratification by state lawmakers and federal authorities, the Wiyot Tribe s new gaming compact with California has shelved talk of a new gambling casino
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 28, 2013
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      Pending ratification by state lawmakers and federal authorities, the Wiyot Tribe's new gaming compact with California has shelved talk of a new gambling casino on lands next to the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

      The compact, signed March 21, spells out the terms of the negotiations. It essentially makes technical changes to the compact the tribe and state agreed to in 2008, said Evan Westrup, a spokesman for the Governor's office.

      It will be effective as soon as it is ratified by the state legislature and approved by the federal government, Westrup said. If it does not take effect by July 1, 2014, it will be void.

      In exchange for not building a casino, the tribe will receive up to 3.5 percent of the gaming revenue from the North Fork Tribe Casino. The tribe had wanted to open a casino to promote tribal economic development and self-sufficiency, according to the compact.

      The state was concerned about the potential environmental implications -- water quality, negative aesthetic impact and depletion of the aquifer supplying Humboldt County -- of a casino in such close proximity to the wildlife refuge.


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