The U.S. Interior Department on Friday gave a green light to proposed Indian casinos in Yuba and Madera counties, but rejected a third proposal for a casino in the city of Richmond.
Assistant Interior Secretary Larry Echo Hawk determined that a proposed gaming facility in Yuba County would be in the best interest of the Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians, and would not be detrimental to the surrounding community. He made a similar ruling for the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians for a proposed gaming facility in Madera County.
The Enterprise casino is planned for a site about five miles south of Marysville near the Sleep Train Amphitheater.
Officials rejected a proposal by the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians for a gaming facility in Richmond, more than 100 miles from its existing tribal lands in Mendocino County.
"The Guidiville Band's application did not satisfy many of the requirements to develop a gaming facility at that particular site," Echo Hawk said.