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Rohert Park casino agreement near

21 July 2008

CALIFORNIA –- As reported by the Press Democrat: "Sonoma County supervisors and the Graton Indian tribe proposing a Rohnert Park casino are close to an agreement that will prohibit it from building a second casino and puts any other developments under county planning review.

"Although the memorandum of understanding has no practical effect on the proposed casino and hotel, the county and Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria are edging closer to accommodations on measures to mitigate effects of the tribe's plans for the 254-acre site adjacent to Rohnert Park.

"…Supervisors will discuss the proposed agreement at their regular Tuesday session at 8:45 a.m. Marin County supervisors will also take up the proposal because it prohibits the tribe from establishing a second casino in either county.

"Sonoma County officials said the proposed agreement prevents the Graton tribe from again using the federal Graton Rancheria Restoration Act of 2000 to take any more lands into trust without projects on them having to go through the county review process…"

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