October 20, 2010
The Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria have been given approval to continue plans for their casino. The new casino will be in an urban setting 50 miles north of San Francisco, in Rohnert Park. A letter was sent on October 1 by the National Indian Gaming Commission to the tribe approving the Class II gaming facility.
The operation of Class II machines allows for games such as electronic bingo machines. A gaming compact still needs to be granted if the tribe wishes to operate Class III gaming. This would allow for slot machines.
In 2005 the tribe bought 254 acres of Rohnert Park. Recently the Bureau of Indian Affairs ruled that the land could be put into trust. This will allow for the tribe to use the purchased land as part of their reservation and be part of tribal sovereignty.
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