Four Secretarial Gaming Decisions Made Today

This information is from a press call with Asst. Sec. Larry Echohawk and Dep. Asst. Sec. Del Laverdure. A press release with fact sheets on each determination is here.

Four Indian gaming applications decisions:

1 positive Secretarial exception determination for Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians, Butte Co., California, for a facility in Yuba County, California, 36 miles from existing headquarters.

1 positive secretarial exception determination for North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, for a gaming facility in Madera County, CA, 36 miles from tribal land base.

1 negative decision for Pueblo of Jemez, for gaming facility in Anthony, NM, nearly 300 miles from existing reservation. The decision was based on land into trust regulations, not gaming regulations. Land into trust regs require looking into use for land and distance from Pueblo. Concern was exercising actual government power over a gaming site nearly 300 miles way. Agreements with local units of government meant that local governments would be exercising the governmental power, not the Pueblo.

1 negative decision for Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians, restored for federal recognition in 1991, for gaming facility in Richmond, CA (S.F. Bay Area), more than 100 miles from gaming site. Decision was based on regulations concerning the Rancheria’s historical and modern connections to the land.