Enterprise Rancheria looking to expand gaming facility in phases

The Enterprise Rancheria of California held a sunrise groundbreaking ceremony for the $170 million Fire Mountain Casino on April 8, 2016. Photo by Yuba County / Facebook

The Enterprise Rancheria of California expects to finish work on its $170 million gaming facility in nine months to a year, a spokesperson said.

After years of litigation and delays, the tribe broke ground on the long-awaited Fire Mountain Casino on Friday morning. The facility will initially feature Class II games but will grow in phases in the coming years.

"We're going to build a world-class facility," spokesperson Charles Banks-Altekruse told The Marysville Appeal-Democrat. "It's going to be a destination resort complex facility with gaming, restaurants, meeting spaces and gift shops."

The casino is being built on the tribe's 40-acre reservation near Yuba City. Its neighbors include a popular amphitheater and a proposed 900-acre sports and entertainment zone.

"This is sort of the economic engine of that project," Yuba County Supervisor Mary Jane Griego, a supporter of the casino, told the paper. "When you look at the 900 acres of sports and entertainment, the casino is kind of the engine that gets everything started."

Get the Story:
Tribe to break ground on Yuba County casino (The Marysville Appeal-Democrat 4/8)

Some Opinions:
Glenda Nelson: Community letter from the Enterprise Rancheria (The Marysville Appeal-Democrat 4/8)
Your Views: Comments on the news of casino groundbreaking (The Marysville Appeal-Democrat 4/8)

Bureau of Indian Affairs Documents:
Press Release | Fact Sheet | Two-Part Determination Letter

Federal Register Notice:
Land Acquisitions; Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California (December 3, 2012)

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