Gov. Jerry Brown signed a tribal-state compact Thursday with the Wiyot Indians, in which the tribe agreed to forgo opening a gambling casino on its lands, which are adjacent to the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. In exchange, the Tribe will receive up to 3.5 percent of the gaming revenue from the North Fork Tribe’s casino, which is slated to open in Madera County.
The pact cites environmental and water quality concerns, the potentially negative aesthetic impact of a casino on Humboldt Bay, and the potential depletion of the aquifer supplying the Humboldt County area as reasons the state doesn’t want the Wiyot Indians to build and operate their own casino.
For the Wiyot tribe to develop economically and be self-sufficient without its own gaming casino, the pact says it will get a portion of the proceeds from the nearby North Fork Tribe’s casino.
The percentage paid to the Wiyot will depend on how much the North Fork slot machines rake in each year — from 2.5 percent for annual net winnings $100 million or less up to 3 percent for winnings between $100 million and $200 million, and 3.5 percent for winnings of more than $200 million...