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Governor Signs Tribal Gaming Compact For New Amador County Casino

Sacramento, CA — Governor Jerry Brown has signed a new tribal-state gaming compact that could pave the way for a new casino in Amador County.

The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians have long been planning to build a casino on a 67 acre property in Ione. Plans had been held up in court over arguments that the land was not a legal reservation and cannot be used for gambling. However, a federal court ruled favorably towards the tribe this past March.

Yesterday Governor Brown announced that he has signed a new tribal-state gaming pact with the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians regarding licensing, compliance enforcement and mitigation of off reservation impacts. It also provides incentives for revenue sharing with mutual support of local jurisdictions from fire, emergency medical services, law enforcement and public transit.

The Governor also signed an amendment to the tribal compact with the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, which operates the existing Jackson Rancheria in Amador County. The Governor reports the change basically conforms its revenue sharing provisions to those of more recent compacts.