Two Negotiated Memorandums of Understanding; Two Different Outcomes

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The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Madera County, which will require payments to the county to mitigate the impacts caused by the proposed off-reservation casino project. Under its MOU with Madera County, the Tribe will issue a one-time contribution of up to $17.9 million to mitigate potential one-time costs incurred due to the Resort. The Tribe will also make annual payments to Madera County and local foundations of up to $4.03 million.

Also, the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Madera, which is the closest municipal government to the proposed gaming facility. Under its MOU with the City of Madera, the Tribe will make a one-time contribution to the City of up $10.3 million to mitigate such potential one-time impacts as law enforcement expansion and road improvements. The Tribe will also make annual contributions of up to $1.075 million to mitigate recurring costs to the City as a result of the Resort.

As a result of the agreed amounts and signed MOU’s with the public agencies, a positive two-part determination was made by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in September 2, 2011, to move forward with the off-reservation gaming project.

Looking at the MOU between Calexico and the Manzanita Band of Mission Indians executed on April 4, 2006, the agreed amounts included $2,000,000.00 annual payment to the city and a $250,000.00 annual payment for public services. The MOU also requires the tribe to pay for all roads, water and sewer expansions related to the casino.
No other affected agencies; Calexico Unified School District, Imperial Valley College, and Imperial County, were ever given a signed MOU, to recover their listed cost.
For those asking why the Department of-the Interior; Bureau of Indian Affairs, has not made a positive two-part determination in the proposed Manzanita Band of Mission Indians off-reservation casino project, it was because of the negative impacts to the surrounding communities.

Sincerely,

Wally Leimgruber
Holtville, CA