Mechoopda tribe gets green light for casino

After many years of appeals and legal battles, the Mechoopda Tribe got the green light to build a casino south of Chico, in that big, open field east of highways 149 & 99. Butte County supervisor Steve Lambert says the tribe members are great people and they've been great to work with, but most of the supervisors have concerns about seeing a casino there.

Posted by AJ Abell on Monday, April 16, 2018
Action News Now: Mechoopda tribe gets green light for casino

Mechoopda Tribe looks forward to casino after securing victory in court

The Mechoopda Tribe plans to move forward with a long-delayed casino in California after securing victory in court.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday backed the tribe's land-into-trust application. In a press release quoted by The Chico Enterprise-Record, Chairman Dennis Ramirez said the unanimous decision recognizes the tribe's connections to the 645-acre site in Butte County.

"The Mechoopda Indian Tribe looks forward to advancing our proposed casino project," Ramirez said. "In doing so, we plan to drive economic development in Butte County for years to come.”

But the county doesn't appear to be accepting defeat easily. Supervisor Steve Lambert told Action News Now that the casino will bring problems to the area.

“As far as the county side, I don't see any upside to it,” Lambert told the station.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs placed the land in trust for the tribe in February 2014. The agency had arrived at the same decision in May 2008, during the Bush administration, but litigation required another look at the application.

Read More on the Story:
Mechoopda win Butte County’s federal court appeal on proposed casino (The Chico Enterprise-Record April 13, 2018)
Another Casino may Soon Come to the North State (Action News Now April 16, 2018)

Indianz.Com on SoundCloud: D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Butte County v. Chaudhuri

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Decision:
Butte County v. Chaudhuri (April 13, 2018)

Prior D.C. Circuit Decision:
Butte County v. Hogen (July 13, 2010)

Federal Register Notice:
Land Acquisitions; Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria of California (February 27, 2014)

National Indian Gaming Commission Indian Lands Opinions:
January 24, 2014 | March 14, 2003

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