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Black Oak Expansion Near Completion

17 November 2004

TUOLUMNE, California – (PRESS RELEASE) -- With exterior construction nearing completion, the Black Oak Phase II casino building is rapidly taking shape. The tri-level 164,770 square foot entertainment facility is scheduled to open the main gaming floor on January 12th and the balance of the property to be fully opened by the end of January, bringing more excitement to all ages and a wealth of benefits to the local economy.

Black Oak Casino's expansion will not only benefit its guests, it will also have a major impact on Tuolumne County. With the casino expansion, approximately 350 additional jobs will become available in addition to the 400 positions currently supporting Black Oak Casino operations. The total payroll for Phase II Black Oak Casino will grow to twenty five million dollars in 2005. The largest percentage of these Team Members live in the community and their paychecks help support local service suppliers and retailers.

In addition, The Tribe, many Tribal Members, and numerous Team Members are involved in Community non-profit efforts, volunteer fire departments, volunteer emergency medical services, youth sports, and other worthwhile activities.

"The decline of the traditional economic backbone of Tuolumne County, logging and mining, has necessitated a need to diversify the local economy. With 750 team members employed, the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians Economic Development efforts bring economic growth and an additional solid employment base to Tuolumne County," said Ron Patel, casino manager of Black Oak Casino.

"In addition, the economic benefits to our community will continue as the Tribal Economic Development projects at the Westside Lumber site begin."

For construction updates and progress, please visit the Black Oak Casino website at http://www.blackoakcasino.com.

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