ROHNERT PARK (AP) — A Native American tribe's plans for a Las Vegas-style casino about 50 miles north of San Francisco got a big boost on Friday when the governor signed a gaming compact with the tribe.
The deal between the state and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria calls for a casino on 254 acres near Rohnert Park in Sonoma County. It still requires approval from the state legislature, Evan Westrup, a spokesman for the governor said.
The compact allows for the operation of card games and 3,000 slot machines, according to a statement from the governor's office. Up to 15 percent of the casino's net winnings will go toward gambling mitigation and regulation.
"The compact includes provisions to protect employees and patrons as well as measures to protect the environment during the construction and operation of gaming facilities," the governor's office said in its statement.
The tribe consists of about 1,300 members of Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo descent. The federal government approved the proposed casino site two years ago, and the tribe has entered into agreements with the city and county, according to the compact. The project has also undergone an environmental review.
Critics have said it would bring a large casino too close to the San Francisco Bay area.
The opposition group, Stop the Casino 101 Coalition, had urged the governor to challenge the federal government's decision.
A call to the tribe on Friday was not immediately returned.