AB 957 ratifies tribal-state gaming compact between California & Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi Tribe
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) successfully passed Assembly Bill (AB) 957, which ratifies the tribal-state compact between California and the historic Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi Tribe in Kings County. The new agreement will help promote tribal economic development and self-sufficiency, as well as the creation of local jobs and investment in road and fire station improvement projects.
“I am pleased that California has once again renewed its commitment to a strong relationship with the Tachi Tribe, which will contribute to our local economy and provide new job opportunities,” said Assemblymember Salas. “This compact will bring jobs, economic growth and community projects that will benefit Valley families.”
The Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria is a federally recognized tribe of Tachi Yokuts people located southeast of Lemoore, California. In 1934, the Santa Rosa Rancheria was established on about 40 acres of desolate farmland. The Santa Rosa Rancheria has expanded in size over the years, and now is approximately 1,800 acres and employees more than 700 people at their Tachi Palace Casino and Resort. The Tribe provides health care, housing and education programs that benefit non-tribal members as well as tribal members.
The Tribe has created opportunities for Kings County through community programs including scholarship assistance, job training and adult education programs, health and welfare assistance, social services, community maintenance and development, as well as economic development opportunities, and clean drinking water projects for local schools. They have also committed to assisting in road improvement projects, and will be providing $900,000 in goodwill to Kings County through an Intergovernmental Agreement, and will be providing over half the expenses for maintenance of a fire station.
AB 957 passed with bipartisan support and now heads to the Governor’s Desk.