Largest casino in the Bay Area, Graton Resort and Casino, thwarted plans for a large private party New Year's Eve under the roofwhich county officials said could even host 4000 people.
"All New Year's Eve parties and meetings have been canceled."
Greg Sarris, Tribe Chairman, Graton Rancheria Indian Federation
No New Year's Eve party
Greg Sarris, chairman of the estate owner's tribe, The Indian Federation of Graton Rancheria, announced on his personal Facebook page that he had not given further details on what caused the sudden change of course and whether it was a tribal council decision or just a chairman.
Graton Rancheria and other tribes in the U.S. that are sovereign nations and are not subject to state or county orders, including one which restricts indoor gatherings for months to no more than 12 people, removed the event notification from the casino website Thursday after the decision to cancel the event .
"We don't have jurisdiction over tribal lands, so I don't think we can have anything to say about how they do what they do."
Dr. Sundari Mase, Sonoma County Public Health Officer
A special event has been scheduled for VIPs at the casino as well as members of a platinum club whose status requires a gambling quota in height of 300,000 $ over a period of 6 months, according to many sources of reports unnamed in the media.
County officials powerless but relieved
According to officials Sonoma Countywho publicly questioned the timing of the meeting despite that 4000 event participants is within the limits 20%, breathed a sigh of relief when they realized that the tribe had canceled the party.
"I think they heard negative criticism, took it into account and changed their mind."
David Rabbitt, Overseer, Sonoma County
A county that has one more tribal game center, River Rock Casino near Geyserville belonging to Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians, outside Graton Resort and Casino, reported 91 confirmed cases related to casinos, of which 78 were employees of casinos and the rest of the community.
Graton Casino has voluntarily chosen to shut down within the first few 3 months after the virus outbreak, then reopened in June and has continued to operate limited to 20% ever since, even during the last stay-at-home warrant issued by Gov. Newsom.
In addition to generating funds for your community, Graton Rancheria engages in other long-term projects to support the well-being of its inhabitants. In September, the tribe made a donation to St. in the amount of 5 million dollars to UCLA School of Law in California to support the education of Native Americans and other students seeking to pursue careers in tribal lawyers.