Karuk Tribe plans to debut long-awaited $30M casino in May 2017

The Karuk Tribe has started work on the Rain Rock Casino in Yreka, California. Photo from Karuk Tribe

The Karuk Tribe of California will host a ceremonial groundbreaking for its $30 million gaming facility on July 29.

The tribe started work on the Rain Rock Casino in April. The 36,000 square-foot facility is due to open in May 2017.

"We want to make this a destination resort where we showcase all of Southern Oregon and Northern California, the beauty they have to offer and the outdoors," Chairman Buster Attebery told The Medford Mail Tribune.

The tribe has been working on the project for more than a decade. It finally moved forward after the National Indian Gaming Commission issued a favorable Indian land determination for the site in 2012 and the state approved a Class III gaming compact in 2014. Agreements with the local community were finalized in 2014 and 2015.

The facility is located in Yreka, about 17 miles south of the Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, Oregon, owned by the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe.

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