Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs approves gaming application for Cloverdale Rancheria

Decision letter is linked here.

The Record of Decision is here.

The decision was approved under IGRA’s “Restored Lands Exception”

An excerpt from Acting Assistant Secretary Larry Roberts’s letter to the Rancheria:

As a result of the United States’ repugnant and failed termination policy, which has since been repudiated, the Tribe was terminated. Termination severed the government-to-government relationship and, except for the Tribe’s cemetery and tribal well, resulted in the loss of the Tribe’s lands. Indeed, some of the Tribe’s original tribal lands were sold to the State of California and are now used for State Highway 101.

In 1983 the United States corrected history and restored its federal government-to-government relationship with the Tribe.  Thirty-three years later, the repudiated termination still impacts the Tribe as it has no trust land to call home.  That changes today.

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