According to a Monday report from the online news domain at GVWire.com, the California State Supreme Court lawsuit had been brought by the United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria against California Governor Gavin Newsome in an attempt to stop its federally-recognized rival from being able to realize a casino plan that has been 20 years in the making.
GVWire.com reported that the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians angered many other tribes in ‘The Golden State’ after inking a 2003 deal that it hoped would see it given permission to partner with operator Station Casinos so as to bring a casino resort complete with around 2,000 slots and approximately 40 gaming tables to a 305-acre site located just north of the city of Madera. Opponents were purportedly further incensed in late-August of 2012 when then-California Governor Jerry Brown inked a new gaming compact with the hopeful group that subsequently only took eight months to receive the required legislative approvals.
The source reported that a separate lawsuit seeking to quash the proposed project with its 200-room hotel was defeated in March of 2014 after a Madera County judge ruled that the western state had been lawful in authorizing this agreement with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians. It purportedly detailed that the analogous victory in front of the seven-member California State Supreme Court has now finally authorized the tribe to begin work on its inaugural casino resort so as to create an estimated 1,500 new jobs.
Elaine Bethel-Fink, Tribal Chairperson for the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, reportedly told GVWire.com that she is ‘thrilled’ with the decision as it will allow her tribe and the surrounding community to access ‘billions of dollars in economic benefits and thousands of jobs’ to which they have been deprived ‘for far too long.’
Bethel-Fink reportedly declared…
“We are delighted to have this long drawn out drama finally behind us and are eager to get going and bring jobs and economic opportunity to our people and community.”