According to newly-elected Karuk Tribal council member Archie Super, the tribe's planned casino for Yreka is going to be on the fast track with California Governor Edmund G. Brown's signature on a tribal state gaming compact.
Super, speaking to the Yreka City Council with Karuk Tribe Vice Chair Michael Thom, told the council that the tribe wants the city to be involved in the planning phase of the casino, including an upcoming meeting Dec. 17 and 18.
According to Brown's website, the compact he signed Thursday allows the tribe to operate a maximum of 1,500 slot machines, paying the state a share of the costs the state incurs for duties stipulated in the compact. The agreement also calls for 10 percent of the casino's net win going to the state if the casino operates more than 350 devices, "to be shared with non-gaming tribes within California."
The compact, available on gov.ca.gov, states that the Karuk tribe did not receive "equitable or legal title to any aboriginal or ancestral lands to allow for social or economic development," but land purchased in Yreka since 1987 has since been identified as eligible for gaming according to National Indian Gaming Commission regulations.
The 219-page compact covers the various legal aspects of the gaming that will be allowed at the facility, the types of payouts, non-tribal revenue sharing and a multitude of other aspects of the casino operations.
Yreka City Manager Steve Baker told the council at Thursday's meeting that he has been in touch with the tribe's staff, and he noted that the the governor's signature must now be followed with approval by the legislature.
"It's imperative we work together," Thom told the council.
"We have a great deal of respect for the Karuk Tribe," council member Rob Bicego said at the close of the discussion. "We want to work together."