Governor Brown Signs Compact with Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians


SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed a tribal-state gaming compact between the State of California and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

The terms of the new compact are consistent with provisions of more recent compacts related to licensing, compliance enforcement and mitigation of off-reservation gaming impacts but have been updated to reflect, among other things, the evolving nature of financial markets, as well as the professionalism of the Tribe’s regulators and their constructive relationship with state gaming regulators.

The compact provides a framework for the sharing of gaming revenue with local jurisdictions for infrastructure improvements and fire, law enforcement, public transit, education, tourism and other services, and provides incentives for investments in renewable energy or water conservation projects, non-gaming-related economic development and health care facilities that provide a mutual benefit to the Tribe and the local community. The terms reflect a continued commitment by the Tribe to revenue sharing with non-gaming and limited gaming tribes through the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund and Tribal Nation Grant Fund, so that the economic benefits of gaming reach tribal governments that have not chosen to operate a tribal casino.

The compact supersedes the 1999 compact between the Tribe and the State of California.

A copy of the compact can be found here.