SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A California Indian tribe received permission Friday to construct a $100 million casino outside of Sacramento.
On behalf of the United Auburn Indian Community, The U.S. Department of Interior took trust to 49 acres of unincorporated land near Roseville, northeast of Sacramento for the project.
"It's an ideal location. It's on the I-80 corridor between San Francisco and Reno, below the snow line," said tribal spokesman Doug Elmets.
Casino operators in the Reno, Nev., area, about 110 miles northeast of Sacramento, have said they view the casino as their biggest competitor among the tribal casinos built or pending in Northern California.
However, Elmets said the casino will be marketed mainly to the Sacramento area.
Opponents have 30 days to file objections.
The United Auburn Indian Community was recreated by Congress in 1994, 27 years after it officially ceased to exist. It reached an agreement with the state in 1999 allowing it to provide Las Vegas-style gaming.
The tribe hopes to use casino money to improve conditions for some of the tribe's approximately 220 members, who live on an impoverished 30-acre reservation.