On Tuesday, Feb. 14, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs placed a 35.9-acre land parcel into trust for the Wilton Rancheria Tribe in Elk Grove, Calif. Boyd Gaming currently has an agreement, subject to approval by the National Indian Gaming Commission, to develop and manage a casino resort property on the Tribe's behalf at that location.
The tribe's land is located adjacent to Howard Hughes Corporation's planned mall development on Highway 99, approximately 15 miles southeast of Sacramento. The Tribe will be required to enter into a compact with the State of California before proceeding with a gaming project at the site.
"The Tribe is excited to partner with Boyd Gaming to help develop our proposed resort and casino in Elk Grove, California," said Raymond Hitchcock, Chairman of Wilton Rancheria. "They have been a leader in the gaming industry for over 40 years and their core family values and customer-friendly entertainment reflect our own vision of success."
"We congratulate the Wilton Rancheria Tribe on reaching this major milestone toward self-sufficiency," said Keith Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boyd Gaming. "Boyd Gaming is honored to be their partner, and we look forward to working closely with Chairman Hitchcock and the Wilton Tribe in developing an exciting and compelling entertainment resort that the entire community can take pride in."