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Assembly approves gaming compact for Yurok Tribe

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    Assembly approves gaming compact for Yurok Tribe 6/28/2007 http://www.eurekareporter.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?ArticleID=25655
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 29, 2007
      Assembly approves gaming compact for Yurok Tribe
      6/28/2007

      http://www.eurekareporter.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?ArticleID=25655
      <http://www.eurekareporter.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?ArticleID=25655>
      The California Assembly voted 68 to 1 Thursday afternoon to ratify
      Senate Bill 106, legislation by Sen. Patricia Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa)
      ratifying the tribal-state gaming compact for the Yurok Tribe.

      The proposed gaming operation in the agreement — the result of
      negotiations between the Yurok Tribe and Gov. Arnold
      Schwarzenegger's administration — is considered by Wiggins to be
      modest in size with only 99 slot machines.

      Under the terms of the compact, which expires in 2025, the tribe will be
      allowed to operate up to 20 slot machines at a fuel mart and the
      remainder at a future on-reservation casino, the release indicated.
      "Ratification of their compact helps put the Yuroks on the road to
      self-sufficiency," Wiggins stated in the release. "The Yurok
      Tribe is considered by many to be the state's poorest tribe."

      Assemblymember Patty Berg (D-Eureka) is listed as a principal co-author
      of the bill.

      "The Yurok people have waited a long, long time for this," Berg
      stated in a news release. "I hope the money this generates will help
      lift them out of poverty and into a new era of opportunity."

      According to the release, the Yurok Tribe's 3,000 acres of
      reservation land lies along 47 miles of the Klamath River in Humboldt
      and Del Norte counties. The Yurok Tribe is the largest tribe in the
      state with more than 4,800 members.

      David W. Miller, Wiggins' press secretary, said the ratification of
      the Yurok gaming compact has "been a long time coming."

      "It's been a tough fight," Miller said. "Former Sen. Wes
      Chesbro (D-Arcata) put in a lot of effort and energy to try and make
      this happen.

      "It's unfortunate that this compact got lumped in with some
      other compacts that had issues separate and unique from the Yurok Tribe,
      but, in the end, this is a good thing for the tribe and for the
      state."


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