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September 6, 2011 > Feds approve casinos for two California tribes

Feds approve casinos for two California tribes

By Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP), Sep 03 - The fate of two California Native American tribes' casino proposals is now in the hands of Gov. Jerry Brown after federal officials signed off on the projects.

Brown has one year to decide whether to approve the proposals by the Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians and North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians.

The Enterprise Rancheria has proposed a casino in Marysville, about 40 miles north of Sacramento, on land off its reservation. The North Fork Rancheria's casino in Madera, about 30 miles north of Fresno, would also be off its reservation.

The U.S. Department of Interior on Friday approved the two projects, saying they would benefit the tribes economically without hurting the surrounding community.

A spokesman for Brown said the governor will review the decisions in the months ahead.

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