Supreme Court won't hear challenge to Graton Rancheria casino

The Graton Resort and Casino in Roehnert Park, California. Photo from Facebook

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down a petition in Stop the Casino 101 v. Brown, an Indian gaming case.

The Stop the Casino 101 Coalition sued Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for signing a Class III gaming compact with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. The lawsuit claims the tribe's trust land was not properly removed from state jurisdiction.

The lawsuit was dismissed at the state level in California so the group asked the high court to hear the case. Brown declined to respond to the petition and the justices, without comment, declined the petition in an order yesterday.

"This marks the end of our legal challenge to the Graton Casino," the group said on its website.

The $825 million Graton Resort and Casino opened in November 2013. It's located on land that was taken into trust pursuant to an act of Congress that restored the tribe to federal recognition.

California Court of Appeal Decision:
Stop the Casino 101 Coalition v. Brown (October 3, 2014)

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