The Karuk Tribe has begun preliminary work on the Rain Rock Casino in Yreka, California. Photo from Karuk Tribe
Project to Bring Jobs and Entertainment to Southern Oregon, Northern California
Published July 30, 2016
YREKA, CALIFORNIA – On Friday, July 29, 2016, the Karuk Tribe held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Rain Rock Casino in Yreka, California.
“This is the culmination of years of hard work by past and present Tribal leaders and staff. We look forward to contributing to the local economy and bringing entertainment to the region,” said Karuk Chairman Russell ‘Buster’ Attebery.
Although the nation’s economy is improving, the unemployment rate in Yreka remains significantly higher than of the state or national average. The Rain Rock Casino is projected to bring nearly 300 living wage jobs to the community and thousands of visitors to the area. The facility will be 36,000 square feet with approximately 500 gaming machines, including 348 Class III machines, 8 table games, and a 100 seat restaurant and a stage for shows.
The Karuk Tribe won the approval for the project from the National Indian Gaming Commission in 2012; however, the Tribe had to negotiate a compact with the Governor’s office. In 2013, California’s Governor Brown and the Tribe signed a compact but it wasn’t until last year that the Tribe and local governments worked out all of the details.
As part of the arrangement with the City of Yreka, the Tribe will provide $125,000 annually to the City of Yreka for police and fire protection, a police car for Yreka every four years, and up to $150,000 annually to support the Siskiyou County Justice System. The Tribe will also fund over half a million dollars’ worth of upgrades to the local waste water, water treatment, and roads infrastructure
“This is a win-win for our community,” said Chairman Attebery. “We need projects like this to diversify our economy and create living wage jobs for the next generation.”
The Tribe plans to hold a grand opening next year.