Monday, April 24, 2017

Wilton Rancheria Casino Plans for Elk Grove in HOLDING PATTERN

DICKSTEIN rears his ugly head in the Wilton Rancheria issue.  Add a dash of Dutschke, and this DD combination is not a good one.

Wilton Rancheria’s bid to build a $400 million Indian casino in Elk Grove is in a holding pattern while the Trump administration formulates Indian gaming policy and reviews Obama administration approvals that ushered the project forward, according to tribal-law attorney Howard Dickstein.

“It’s speculative as to where this will end up,” said Dickstein, a prominent tribal industry expert. “It’s going to be a significant period of time before the Department of Interior … makes a determination on the property. Until then, I think it is unlikely that this particular project can move forward.”

In February, the federal government took 36 acres the tribe purchased into trust for the gambling facility. But questions remain about whether the transfer was finalized. The federal action is intended to establish the property as sovereign tribal ground for the Wilton Rancheria and clear the way for the casino to be built along Highway 99 without the city’s approval.

And the transaction is facing new scrutiny from recently appointed leaders of the U.S. Department of Interior and the chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources.

In a Feb. 15 letter to the department, committee chairman Rob Bishop of Utah called for a reversal of the decision if it was done “without a fair consideration of the affected interests.”

BIA, Amy Dutschke.... FAIR?  I don't think so...

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