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April 09, 2002 2:40 AM
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Tribal dispute in Sac

Eight other Northern California tribes are angered over the Pomo Indians’ bid to build a $100 million casino in West Sacramento.

Late last year the Pomo tribe purchased an option to buy 67 across from the Sacramento River and announced plans to develop a 400-room hotel. The eight rival tribes argue that the Pomos have no historic tie to the Sacramento region.

SRQ Inc is working with the Pomos to develop the West Sacramento casino. The three principal partners are executives based in Sarasota, Fla.

Cheryl Schmidt, director of Stand Up California, said the plan “reflects an increasing incentive to bring casinos into metropolitan locations.”

Mescaleros active

The Mescalero Apache Tribe plans a new resort hotel-casino complex for the Albuquerque area on the site of the existing Inn of the Mountain Gods.

The planned complex would include oversized hotel rooms and suites, 50,000 square feet of gambling space and 36,000 square feet of convention space.

The Inn of the Mountain Gods currently employs about 600 people full-time. The new facility would employ nearly 1,000 full-time.