Amador County considers deal with tribe that seeks casino |

Amador County considers deal with tribe that seeks casino

Associated Press

JACKSON, Calif. (AP) ” Amador County supervisors are considering striking a financial agreement with a tiny Indian tribe that wants to build a casino near Ione.

The proposed compromise has a twist: It would allow the county to continue fighting the casino in court.

The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians says it will compensate the county for police and fire services, as well as traffic and water improvements without requiring the county to drop its federal lawsuit.

That lawsuit alleges the casino site is not a legal Indian reservation.

The agreement being considered by supervisors on Tuesday calls for the tribe to pay the county $18 million plus an additional $8 million annually.

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