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Renewed Gaming Compact Ensures Stability for Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians for the Next 25 Years
California State Legislature ratified the gaming compact with unanimous support; Solidifies government-to-government relationship
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Source: Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians

CORNING, California — The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians is pleased to announce that on August 3, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new tribal-state gaming compact between the State of California and the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians. The new compact reflects a mutual commitment to a strong and respectful government-to-government relationship promoting tribal economic development and supporting Tribal Sovereignty.

“On behalf of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, we want to thank Governor Newsom and the state for working with us to approve and sign this new gaming compact,” said Tribal Chairman Andrew Alejandre. “The signing of this compact is a great milestone for us because it demonstrates that the state recognizes our tribal sovereignty and ensures revenue stability for our Tribe over the next 25 years.”

The newly negotiated compact is intended to support tribal government investment in expanded tribal government services, local jurisdictions, non-profit and civic organizations. The compact commits the Tribe to improve the environment, education status, and the health, safety and general welfare of its members and the surrounding community. The gaming compact will need to be approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior, in order to take full effect. Once approved, the Tribe will be able to operate up to 2,000 gaming devices. The compact regulates the operation of Class III Gaming activities to ensure a fair and honest operation, protecting the interests of the Tribe, the State, its citizens, and local communities.

“This new gaming compact emphasizes the ongoing commitment and support from the State for our Tribe’s economic success and, in return, the Corning community,” said Alejandre. “This compact will support our ongoing goals of economic growth, job creation and community support.”

The state legislature ratified the tribal-state gaming compact in September with overwhelming support, passing unanimously on both the Assembly and Senate Floors. The Tribe received valuable commitment and support from Senator Jim Nielsen and Assemblyman James Gallagher which proved to be the key leadership needed for a unanimous vote within the State legislature.

“The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians are good neighbors,” said Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama). “They are generous in helping to improve healthcare in our community, and in providing help to the people of the region who have been displaced by the recent devastating wildfires. Another very special thing about the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians is that they experienced their own ‘trail of tears’ many, many years ago. They did not let that deter them from passing on their culture and heritage, through their generations of striving and prospering in this new site. They’re well-settled, and they are a tribe that keeps their own.”

“I am pleased with the new compact secured by the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians. The new agreement provides extended certainty for the Tribe as they continue to provide critical resources, such as much needed healthcare services, for their members and the community at large. I appreciate the Tribal Council’s commitment to Tehama County and look forward to helping build upon their many successes,” said Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City).

Additionally, the compact reflects the tribe’s commitment to share revenue with non-gaming and limited gaming tribes through the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund and the Tribal Nation Grant Fund. This commitment allows the economic benefits of gaming to extend to all tribal governments in California.

The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians owns Rolling Hills Casino & Resort, which includes the Casino, three restaurants, two conference centers, a Brewery & Distillery, RV Park and Travel Center, The Equestrian Center at Rolling Hills and The Links at Rolling Hills Golf Course. They employ over 500 team members, most of whom work full time with health care benefits and 401k options. Each year, hundreds of thousands of guests visit Rolling Hills Casino, bringing with them tourist dollars that benefit the local economy. The Casino and the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians are strong community partners supporting local programs through generous grants and sponsorships. The Paskenta Nomlaki Foundation donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to community organizations each year, with over $9 million donated to benefit local health, safety and education programs.