Governor Brown Signs Tribal Compacts


SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed tribal-state gaming compacts between the State of California and the Barona Band of Mission Indians, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians, as well as an amendment to the current tribal-state gaming compact with the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians.

The terms of the new compacts, such as the provisions regarding licensing, compliance enforcement and mitigation of off-reservation impacts, are consistent with recent compacts and reflect, among other things, the evolving nature of financial markets, as well as the professionalism of the Tribes’ regulators and their constructive relationship with state gaming regulators.

The compacts provide incentives for revenue sharing with and mutual support of local jurisdictions for fire, emergency medical services, law enforcement, public transit, infrastructure improvements, education and other services that in part serve the needs of the community. They also include terms to stimulate investments that provide a mutual benefit to the Tribe and the local community. These investments may include renewable energy, recycling or water conservation projects, non-gaming-related economic development and health care facilities. The terms reflect a commitment by each Tribe to share gaming revenue with non-gaming and limited gaming tribes so that the economic benefits of gaming reach all tribal governments, even those that do not operate a tribal casino with more than 350 slot machines.

The amendment to the compact with the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians conforms its revenue sharing provisions to those of more recent compacts.

Copies of the compacts can be found here: Barona Band of Mission Indians Compact; Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians Compact; Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians Compact; Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians Compact Amendment.