Judge dismisses lawsuit, removes obstacle to Elk Grove casino

On. Feb. 27 federal judge Trevor N. McFadden dismissed a lawsuit that would have blocked a federal decision that placed 35.9 acres on the south end of Elk Grove into a trust for the tribe. The legal action had been brought by Stand Up for California, an anti-casino group and other casino opponents.

The Wilton Rancheria tribe plans to build a casino, hotel and convention center on the land, the site of a failed attempt at building a shopping mall.

The tribe’s chairman, Raymond Hitchcock, was quoted by the Sacramento Bee saying, “We are grateful to the United States government for defending and upholding their federal trust responsibility to our tribe.”

Stand Up for California has said they will refile their complaint, claiming there have been other federal laws violated.

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