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Governor Reaches Two Tribal Gambling Agreements

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Sacramento, CA — Governor Schwarzenegger has struck agreements allowing two of California´s largest tribes to build gambling casinos that will eventually generate about $7 million a year for state coffers.

The Yurok tribe, located in Del Norte County, won the right to build a casino with 350 slot machines.

In exchange, they have agreed to share up to 25 percent of their winnings with the state on a scale that increases as overall winnings grow.

The Quechan tribe, whose reservation is located in Imperial County, has amended an existing compact with the state to allow a casino with 1,100 slot machines.

They also would share up to 25 percent of the winning with the state on the same sliding scale.

Administration officials said the agreements still need the approval of the Legislature and federal regulators.

Aides to the governor pointed out that the tribes have also agreed to satisfy concerns of surrounding communities over traffic generated by the new facilities, fire protection issues and other environmental impacts.

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