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Tribe's Proposal to Expand Casino Meets Controversy

22 August 2005

Las Vegas Sun

SANTA ROSA, California -- Local government officials and Alexander Valley residents are opposing an Indian tribe's proposal to expand their River Rock Casino.

The Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians wants to acquire 18 acres near the casino to tack houses, office space and emergency services onto the property. The 768-member tribe says the parcel would be designated as Indian land, but it wouldn't be used for gambling operations.

County officials says the expansion project conflicts with the general plan and local zoning laws. Some neighbors say the casino has caused public safety problems and increased traffic.

River Rock reported profits of $12.4 million last year. The casino sits inside the tribe's 75-acre hilltop rancheria.

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