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Redding Rancheria Presses “Pause” on
Strawberry Fields Casino Expansion
Today, the Redding Rancheria announced that they have asked the federal government to “pause” the review of their proposed Casino relocation and expansion in Shasta County.
The Rancheria’s announcement today is a clear victory for Shasta County residents -- but this move does not take the Casino off the table permanently.
“More than 6,000 community residents opposed this project, and they didn’t want the Rancheria to press pause, they wanted them to hit eject,” said Robb Korinke, spokesperson or Speak Up Shasta. “The Rancheria’s proposal was fundamentally flawed because they not only proposed a project the community does not want, they did so under a provision of the law that bars community input. The Bureau of Indians Affairs can put this matter to bed once and for all by issuing an opinion that any further action by the Rancheria must, by law, include consultation with community.”
No formal documents have been made available to understand the details of the Rancheria’s “pause”. It is very possible they are simply waiting for a more favorable reception from a future federal administration. More than 6,000 community residents voiced opposition to any casino expansion at Strawberry Fields.
The bottom line: we cannot let up. The community’s wishes cannot be honored until there is definitive action is taken by the federal government to force a legitimate process – and local input – on any future casino development at Strawberry Fields, which the Redding Rancheria still owns. The “pause” is a win for Shasta County, but the fight goes on.