SACRAMENTO—OCT. 3—Gov. Jerry Brown today signed into law Assembly Bill 1606, which ratifies the
tribal gaming compact between Wilton Rancheria and the State of California. The governor’s action
followed unanimous votes by the State Senate and State Assembly to ratify the agreement, and the
Governor’s approval of the compact on July 19.
“The Governor’s signature represents the culmination of so much hard work over the past several
years,” said Wilton Rancheria Chairman Raymond C. Hitchcock. "Our Tribe of 758 members is sincerely
grateful to the Governor and the Legislature, and especially Assemblymember Jim Cooper, for their
support. We thank the businesses, labor leaders, local government officials and, most important, the
many members of the community who voiced strong support for the compact. Now, we will focus on
resort project planning and development.”
Hitchcock said that under a “best case scenario,” the Tribe would break ground by next summer and
complete construction in 18 to 24 months.
“I was proud to be a champion for this this important bill,” said Cooper (D-Elk Grove), who authored AB
1606. “This will be a transformative project for the City of Elk Grove, the entire Sacramento region and
the Wilton Rancheria Tribe.”
The compact provides for strong regulatory oversight, labor, licensing, public health and safety,
environmental protection, and community investment provisions found within other recent compacts.
The resort and casino project will create thousands of jobs and help Wilton Rancheria realize its goal of
self-sufficiency. The Tribe has agreed to invest $186 million in the first 20 years of the project with the
City of Elk Grove and Sacramento County to support police, schools, roads and other services. And the
project will enable to Tribe to invest in medical care, housing and educational opportunities for its
Wilton Rancheria’s tribal status was terminated in 1958, and the Tribe was finally restored, without land,
in 2009, after a long-fought campaign by tribal elders. On Feb.10, 2017, the U.S. Department of the
Interior placed 35.92 acres of land in Elk Grove into federal trust as restored land for the Tribe.
About Wilton Rancheria
Wilton Rancheria is the only federally recognized tribe in Sacramento County. In November 2011, the
Tribe adopted its modern Constitution, and since that time, tribal leadership has worked to improve the
lives of its members and positively serve the community from its offices in Elk Grove.