Enterprise Rancheria shares $811K as casino work finally begins

Artist's rendering of the Fire Mountain Casino. Image from Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria

The Enterprise Rancheria of California is about a year away from opening its casino but local communities are already benefiting from the long-awaited development.

The tribe shared $697,120 with Yuba County and $697,120 with the city of Marysville at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Fire Mountain Casino on Friday morning. Local officials were on hand to celebrate the start of construction on the $170 million project.

“This is a great day for our tribe. It’s also a great day for our community which stood behind us all this time as well," Chairwoman Glenda Nelson said in a press release.

The facility is being built on a 40-acre site on Forty Mile Road in Yuba County. The land was placed in trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in December 2012.

The Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria hosted a sunrise groundbreaking ceremony for the Fire Mountain Casino on April 8, 2016. Photo by Gary Bradford for Yuba County Supervisor / Facebook

The casino itself was approved under the two-part determination provisions of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Both the BIA and the Gov. Jerry Brown (D) approved the project as part of a review process that took 14 years.

The tribe, though, is still trying to overcome one more hurdle -- a new Class III gaming compact. A federal judge has ordered the state to come to to the table and negotiate an agreement. Turtle Talk has posted documents from the case, Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria v. State of California.

Get the Story:
Checks going to casino impacts (The Marysville Appeal-Democrat 4/9)
Tribe breaks ground on controversial casino (The Marysville Appeal-Democrat 4/9)

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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