Mechoopda Casino Site near Chico The Mechoopda Indian Tribe has received federal approval to build a casino on 91 acres near Highways 99 and 149 on the south bank of Clear Creek. $3,000 Welcome Bonus at BOVADA August 13, 2018 The Mechoopda tribe is asking the Board of Supervisors of Butte County for their support for the tribe's proposed casino project.
Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the tribe's land-into-trust application has opened the door to proceed with the project.
On Tuesday the request was made by the tribe that the board approve a letter supporting the project.
The county has tried to prevent the casino from moving forward for nearly 16 years.
Legal fees over the lawsuits from the project have cost close to $850,000. Under the agreement, the casino would hold a Class III gaming license.
Formally known as the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of the Chico Rancheria, the tribe has an agreed upon gaming compact with California. It would be located near Highway 99 and Highway 149 on 627 acres.
The land is currently being held in trust for the tribe by the federal government.
Even with the gaming compact sighed by the governor, there still needs to be approval from the Legislature.
The Mechoopda is asking for support for this from the supervisors.
The County Board of Supervisors have opposed the project because it violates the general plan. Since that time, the county informally decided to no longer pursue any future lawsuits.
Since 2002 the tribe has dealt with lawsuits over their proposed casino project by the county. Table games and slot machines would be allowed in operation under the Class III gaming license.
Up to 2,000 slot machines can be placed in the casino under the gaming compact.