The Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians have proposed a casino project in the Vallejo area of California that has created a turf war of sorts between counties in the area. Officials of Napa County seem to have differing opinions as to if wine-country should have casino style gambling as an entertainment option.
Officials of Napa County are currently considering if they will be supporting the project or be in opposition of the proposal. The venue by the Pomo Indians would be located in Solano County which is around 15 miles from the downtown area of Napa. The exact location will be near the Interstate 80 and Highway 37 intersection.
Casinos have been opposed in Napa County for some time now as the area is known for wineries and farmland. Solano County officials seem to be concerned over the project with American Canyon, another county in the area, also showing opposition. Officials of American Canyon actually sent a letter to the federal government to suggest that a casino in the area would have a negative impact.
The final decision as to if the tribe will be able to create the casino lies within the United States Department of the Interior. Scotts Valley has requested that Vallejo land be transferred to be owned by the tribe in a letter sent out on the 11th of August to the Department of Interior.
The tribe does not have a reservation currently or have any federally recognized land. Scotts Valley are based in Lakeport, which is around 75 miles north of the Napa area. Back in the 1950s, the government of the United States disbanded the settlement of the Scotts Valley Pomo Indians. It was in 1991 that the Pomo band was restored after a case against the US was resolved.
Then some years later in 2008, the government decided that the group qualified as a restored tribe and were eligible to receive a land grant based on the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Because the tribe is federally recognized and has sent a petition to the federal government for approval, there is not much the local government can do in the matter.