Photo: Maidu Museum & Historic Site in Roseville, Calif. display of baskets representing Nisenan Maidu who called the location home for thousands of years. One of California’s great museums to see is located at 1970 Johnson Ranch Dr., Roseville, CA. roseville.ca.us
Two Indian tribes, Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians and North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, are seeking approval from Gov. Jerry Brown to open casinos miles from their current tribal land. Both tribes received permission from the federal government earlier this year and Brown must decide by Aug. 31, 2012 if he will use state laws that govern Indian gaming to reverse that decision.
The Enterprise Rancheria wants to open a casino in the Sierra foothills near Oroville approx. 50 miles from tribal lands while North Fork Tribe wants a casino near Madera approx. 40 miles from their tribal land.
Other tribal casino owners are leading a campaign to fight the new casinos — Thunder Valley Casino’s United Auburn Indians, The Chukchansi and Colusa tribes all are spending time, money and energy to halt the proposed projects, saying the competition will take a big bite out of their existing operations.