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Lawsuit filed against Rohnert Park casino

12 June 2008

CALIFORNIA -- As reported by the Argus Courier: "An East Bay attorney filed a federal lawsuit on Friday seeking to prevent a proposed casino from being built in Rohnert Park.

"The lawsuit, filed by Stephan Volker in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, challenges the recent decision by Carl Artman, former assistant secretary of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, to take the land into trust for the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. The suit is being brought against Secretary of the Interior Dick Kempthorne, not the FIGR nor its partner, Station Casinos.

"The suit cites constitutional issues surrounding federal trust land acquisitions in California, and asserts that the casino in Rohnert Park would cause harm to the community and the plaintiffs, which include attorney Mike Healy and Michael Erickson, both of Petaluma, and the Stop the Casino 101 Coalition. Healy is a former Petaluma city councilman.

"...If the lawsuit is successful, it would prevent the Rohnert Park site from being taken into trust, a necessary step in the process of opening a casino.."

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