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Agua Caliente, Rancho Mirage sign deal

23 March 2007

RANCHO MIRAGE, California – As reported by the Palm Springs Desert Sun: "The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and the city of Rancho Mirage signed documents Thursday that would place the tribe's $205 million hotel and its casino within the boundaries of the city.

"Rancho Mirage, in signing the documents, agreed to annex the 40 acres of tribal trust land that is home to the Agua Caliente Casino and the adjacent 15-story hotel now under construction.

"Rancho Mirage also will receive, because it has a casino in its boundaries, more than $5 million in tribal impact fees.

"…Tribal chairman Richard Milanovich said tribal sovereignty was preserved, a strong government-to-government relationship was affirmed and public safety services were assured for the tribe…"

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