Proposed Indian casino in Elk Grove not a done deal, says Professor I. Nelson Rose

The Sacramento Bee, February 21, 2017

A proposed Indian casino near Sacramento has several legal hurdles yet to clear, including news that the federal government will take the tribe’s newly purchased 36-acre property into trust. It’s unclear whether an accompanying development agreement would affect the tribe’s ability to build the casino.

“‘Under the U.S. Constitution, the federal government cannot interfere with a contract,’ said I. Nelson Rose, a gambling-law expert and professor at Whittier [Law School]. He suggested that Elk Grove would need to remove the agreement from the tribe’s land.

“‘That contract is going to stand until the parties to the contract renegotiate or change it,’ he said.”

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