The long-planned North Fork Rancheria casino has moved an important step closer to reality, tribal Chair Elaine Bethel-Fink said Friday.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs of the Department of the Interior on Nov. 26 issued a notice of approval to take land in trust on which the rancheria plans to build a casino and resort eventually worth $350 million.
Being in trust would make it effectively a part of the North Fork reservation and eligible to be the site of a tribe-operated casino.
That land, 305.49 acres west of State Route 99 along Avenue 17, is owned by Station Casinos, the North Fork Rancheria’s partner in the casino venture. But the tribe would buy it immediately once final approval was obtained, Bethel-Fink said...