Environmentalists, tribe reach agreement on casino

Richmond, California (AP) October 2010
A Northern California American Indian tribe and environmentalists have reached an agreement on a proposed $1 billion casino and resort in Richmond.

The deal calls on the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians to extend a hiking trail into Richmond, spend at least $43 million on open space acquisitions and set aside about 180 acres of the planned development site as parkland.

It settles a lawsuit filed by Citizens for East Shore Parks and other environmental groups against the project in 2008.

The tribe has proposed a Las Vegas-style casino with an 1,100-room hotel, nightclubs, restaurants, a ferry terminal and housing for the tribe at Point Molate.

The project still requires approval from state and federal officials.