Leader of Graton Rancheria still upset with price of land for casino

The Graton Resort and Casino in California. Photo from Instagram

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California paid $100 million for the site of its casino and Chairman Greg Sarris is still bothered by the high price tag.

The tribe is repaying Station Casinos, its partner, for purchasing the 279-acre site. The $825 million Graton Resort and Casino opened last November.

"In my opinion, we paid way more than the land was worth," Sarris told The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.

The tribe bought the land from James Ratto and other real estate investors. Ratto owns The Ratto Group, a waste management company that the tribe is supposed to be using at the casino under an intergovernmental agreement with Sonoma County.

The tribe has been using a different company, however. "I don’t like what Ratto did to us," Sarris told the paper.

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