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Barstow casino deadline approaches

30 May 2007

CALIFORNIA -- As reported by the California Press Enterprise: "A Northern California tribe's troubled bid to build a casino in Barstow will die this week unless Gov. Schwarzenegger and the tribe reach an agreement to extend the bid.

"The Big Lagoon Rancheria, which sits in environmentally sensitive sequoia territory, agreed in August 2005 to abandon plans to build a casino on its reservation in Humboldt County. The tribe also agreed to drop a legal battle with the state over those plans.

"In exchange, the governor signed a two-casino proposal for Big Lagoon and the impoverished Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla & Cupeno Indians of San Diego County to build in Barstow. Big Lagoon's agreement, however, expires Thursday if it doesn't have legislative and federal approval.

"The Legislature has yet to approve the proposal in the face of strong opposition from powerful Southern California gaming tribes. Without a time extension, the deal is almost certainly dead..."

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