In northern California, the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians has reportedly signed a deal which will see local authorities agree to not oppose its land-into-trust application in exchange for an assurance that the federally-recognized tribe won’t seek to bring a casino to the 500-acre website.
Tribe expecting to return to Sonoma County:
Based on a Tuesday report from The Press Democrat newspaper, the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians lost its national recognition in 1961 but pioneered a court battle that saw this conclusion reversed some 30 years later. It subsequently opened its San Pablo Lytton Casino at Contra Costa County while endeavouring to secure a reservation in its original homeland located across San Francisco Bay in Sonoma County.
The newspaper reported that the planned site for its new booking is located just west of the Sonoma County city of Windsor with the tribe expecting to deliver approximately 147 new homes to the parcel along with a 200-room hotel with a winery that will have the ability to create around 200,000 cases per year.
Local resistance to reserve ask:
But, numerous local factions have allegedly long opposed the reservation project over worries that the property could eventually incorporate a casino. As such, 2015 watched the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians court assistance by signing a deal that saw it agree to not operate a gambling facility anywhere within Sonoma County for 22 years.
The Press Democrat reported that the national laws required for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians to recognize its land-into-trust eyesight has already been ratified by the United States House of Representatives and is now scheduled to be put to a vote before the United States Senate.
Being supported by California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, this legislation would supposedly protect and comprehend ‘the validity’ of Sonoma County’s preceding deal with the tribe and also prevent any challenges against the United States Department of the Interior and its Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The newspaper reported that the latest agreement between the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians and Sonoma County extends the 2015 deal in perpetuity in exchange for assurances from county managers that they’ll combine with their municipal counterparts from Windsor in agreeing to not oppose the tribe’s land-into-trust application.
Deal ‘works to the tribe’:
Larry Stidham, an attorney working on behalf of the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians, told The Press Democrat the newest deal signifies ‘a fantastic agreement’ that ‘works to the county’ & ‘works for the tribe.
He also declared that the arrangement is a ‘and ’ for casino opponents as its will instigate ‘a permanent gaming ban at Sonoma County.