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Schwarzenegger signs two compacts

29 April 2008

CALIFORNIA – As reported by the San Francisco Sentinel: "California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the signing of two related tribal-state gaming compacts with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and the Wiyot Tribe. The compacts directly unite the interests of North Fork 's 1,700 citizens and the Wiyot Tribe's 600 members, benefiting one of the largest tribal populations in the history of such agreements.

"…Under the compacts, the Wiyot Tribe would:

"Forego its right to game on its tribal lands along Humboldt Bay in Northern California in exchange for revenue payments from a gaming facility to be operated by the North Fork Mono Rancheria in Madera County .

"…Agree to distribute no more than 50% of net revenues produced from the Compact in any year to its tribal members and to reserve at least 50% of the net revenues to fund tribal government operations or programs, to provide for the general welfare of the Tribe and its members, to promote tribal economic development and to donate to charitable organizations.

"The North Fork compact would:

"Authorize the North Fork Mono Rancheria to operate a gaming facility on a portion of a 305-acre parcel in an unincorporated area of Madera County just north of the City of Madera .

"…Authorize the Tribe to operate no more than 2,500 slot machines at a single facility on the 305 acre parcel. The Tribe has agreed not to engage in any gaming activities on its other Indian lands in the State during the term of the compact.

"…The Tribe estimates that the resort casino and hotel would generate approximately 1,500 permanent jobs, 750 temporary construction jobs and 2,000 ancillary jobs and $45-$50 million in annual purchases of goods and services each year…"

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