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Ground breaking work begins on Rohnert Park casino

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria broke ground Monday on a $433 million hotel-casino in Northern California. The tribe received local approval recently to begin grading on 64-acres of the tribes 254-acre reservation.

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12/6/2016

article Graton Rancheria Combines Glitter, Social Consciousness in $75M Expansion
(California) -- It happened like clockwork, just as planned. On November 15 the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park, California, cut the ribbon on its more than $...

12/1/2016

article Graton Resort & Casino Opens Hotel and Convention Space
(California) -- The Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park, Calif., has wrapped up a $175 million expansion project that includes a new 200-room hotel with two new...

11/21/2016

article Measuring Graton Resort’s ‘huge trickle-down effect’ on North Bay economy
(California) -- The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria have completed an expansion to their casino and entertainment magnet in Rohnert Park to add a six-story, 200-...

11/17/2016

article Graton Resort and Casino opens onsite hotel in Rohnert Park
(California) -- A crowd of some 200 people streamed into the Graton Resort and Casino on Tuesday for a look at the Sonoma County casino’s new $175 million hotel.

11/16/2016

article Graton casino’s $175 million hotel opens to the public
(California) -- Station Casinos on Friday opened its $175 million expansion of the Graton Resort & Casino, adding a sizable hotel with a number of amenities to the...

11/15/2016

article Graton Casino Aims To Attract Large Crowds To Sonoma County
(California) -- There’s a little bit of Vegas in Sonoma County now. A Northern California casino making a big bet on expansion is hoping you’ll skip Las...
press release Graton Resort & Casino Opens $175-Plus Million Expansion
(California) -- Business and community leaders gathered together today along with leadership from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria to cut the ribbon on Graton...
article Graton Resort and Casino opens onsite hotel
(California) -- A crowd of some 200 people streamed into the Graton Resort and Casino on Tuesday for a look at the Sonoma County casino’s new $175 million hotel....
article Graton Resort and Casino's $175 million hotel is now open
(California) -- The Graton Resort & Casino’s 200-room hotel officially opened for business Tuesday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new facility attached...
article Rohnert Park casino opens $175M hotel
(California) -- With the completion of an expansion that includes a six-story, 200-room hotel, The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria have invested nearly $1 billion...
article Station Casinos opens $175M expansion of Graton Resort in California
(Las Vegas) -- Station Casinos has opened a $175 million expansion of the Graton Resort & Casino it manages for the the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in...

11/14/2016

article Graton Resort and Casino to open $175 million hotel on November 15
(California) -- The Graton Resort and Casino, which opened in 2013, has been in expansion mode developing a $175 million hotel that is expected to open to the public on...

11/13/2016

article Graton Resort and Casino’s $175 million hotel opens this week
(California) -- Three years after its doors first opened, the Graton Resort & Casino on Tuesday will publicly unveil its most ambitious addition: a 200-room hotel,...

11/11/2016

article Graton casino’s spacious new hotel
(California) -- It’s been two years in the making, but those who bet that Graton Resort and Casino would eventually live up to the first part of its name can...

11/10/2016

article Sonoma County parks face uncertain future amid apparent defeat of sales tax hike
(California) -- The apparent defeat of a sales tax measure for Sonoma County’s parks could mean thousands of acres of county-owned lands will remain effectively...

11/8/2016

article Graton Casino in Rohnert Park opens 200-room hotel
(California) -- Three years ago this month the splashy Graton Resort and Casino opened in Rohnert Park with great fanfare. Since then, the Las Vegas-style casino has...

11/4/2016

article Sneak peek of the new restaurant, hotel at this $975M Sonoma casino
(California) -- Two years after the $800 million casino opened its doors, Sonoma's Graton Resort & Casino has finished a $175 million expansion, bringing a new...

11/1/2016

article New Graton Resort & Casino hotel to open in two weeks
(California) -- Sleek lines, crisp colors, and marble and glass bathrooms with soaking tubs will greet visitors on November 15 at the Graton Resort and Casino when the $...

10/31/2016

article Graton casino’s spacious new hotel
(California) -- It’s been two years in the making, but those who bet that Graton Resort and Casino would eventually live up to the first part of its name can...

10/26/2016

article Graton Resort & Casino to open hotel in November
(California) -- Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Tribal Council Chairman Greg Sarris recently led officials in touring invited media for a preview of its resort...

10/19/2016

article N. Bay casino builds hotel
(California) -- When Graton Rancheria Tribal Chairman Greg Sarris showed up at Guerneville's Rainbow Cattle Company this summer with a $10,000 check for the Orlando...

10/3/2016

article Graton Rancheria program for needy families focuses on youth, education
(California) -- More than a dozen children gathered on a recent Tuesday afternoon in a modest organic garden off Wilfred Avenue near the Graton Resort and Casino, where...

10/2/2016

article Graton Rancheria eyes November opening for $175M casino hotel
(California) -- The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria is getting closer to opening a $175 million hotel at its casino in northern California. The six-story hotel at...

9/30/2016

article Graton casino hotel expansion on time for Nov. 15 debut
(California) -- Graton Resort and Casino officials on Wednesday offered a sneak peek inside their 200-room hotel expansion, which will effectively transform the gambling...

9/29/2016

article Graton casino hotel expansion on time for Nov. 15 debut
(California) -- Graton Resort and Casino officials on Wednesday offered a sneak peek inside their 200-room hotel expansion, which will effectively transform the gambling...
article Graton Casino Shows Off New Hotel [audio]
(California) -- With seven weeks remaining before it is due to open, there is still lots of finish work to be done at the new hotel attached to the tribal casino in...

8/31/2016

article Tribe allocates $56,000 to local organizations
(Michigan) -- In its first round of awards for the year, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians last week announced 33 allocations totaling $722,692.68...

8/23/2016

article Betting on the Land / Graton Rancheria puts profits to common good
(California) -- No, the money you lost at the Graton Casino did not go down the drain. Some of it went to help pass an open space and water-quality ballot measure this...

8/9/2016

article Graton tribe contributes $200,000 to support county parks sales tax measure
(California) -- The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria has pledged $200,000 to support a proposed sales tax hike that would generate millions for Sonoma County’...

8/8/2016

article Petaluma police seek suspected casino thief
(California) -- Sneaking a purse off of the chair of an unaware gambler, a woman took the bag into a bathroom and then returned it, minus a large amount of money and...
press release Graton Resort & Casino Presents Outdoor Fitness Course to Rohnert Park
(California) -- Graton Resort & Casino has teamed up with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and CBS EcoMedia's WellnessAd program to donate and...

8/7/2016

article Suspect wanted for grand theft at Petaluma casino
(California) -- Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect who stole large amounts of money from someone gambling at a casino in Petaluma...

8/6/2016

article Graton casino hotel set to hire hundreds ahead of November opening
(California) -- The 200-room hotel under construction at Graton Resort & Casino since September will officially open to the public on Nov. 15, and casino officials...
article Station Casinos-run property in California prepares for hotel opening
(California) -- The 200-room hotel under construction at Graton Resort & Casino in California's wine country since September will officially open to the public...

8/4/2016

article Graton Resort And Casino to hold jobs fair
(California) -- In California, the federally-recognized Federated Indians Of Graton Rancheria has announced that it will be holding a jobs fair on Saturday morning in...
article Hotel at Graton Resort and Casino set to open in November
(California) -- The 200-room hotel under construction at Graton Resort & Casino since September will officially open to the public on Nov. 15, and casino officials...

8/3/2016

article $975 million Sonoma casino resort to hire hundreds
(California) -- Two years after the $800 million casino opened its doors, Sonoma's Graton Resort & Casino has finished a $175 million hotel expansion and will...
article Graton Resort & Casino Hotel sets opening date
(California) -- Graton Resort: On Nov. 15, this Sonoma County resort and casino will open its new six-story, 200-room hotel, which includes a 10,000-square foot spa and...

5/30/2016

article Missing 98 Year Old Found Safe at Graton
(California) -- A 98 year old missing woman was found safe in Sonoma County after being reported missing. Erlene Flagg of San Rafael, who suffers from Alzheimer's,...

5/9/2016

article Graton casino expansion; A safe bet for local community
(California) -- Two and a half years after the widely debated opening of Graton Casino (and soon to be resort), it looks as though opponents of the development will have...

4/27/2016

article Graton casino hotel on schedule for fall opening near Rohnert Park
(California) -- Tribal leaders for the Graton Resort and Casino on Tuesday celebrated a milestone in the construction of their 200-room hotel and convention space next...

4/26/2016

article Graton Casino to open $175M hotel in November
(California) -- The Native American-owned Graton Casino in Rohnert Part is making good on its promise to provide the North Bay with a total resort experience.
article ‘Taj Mahal of Rohnert Park’ casino expansion project reaches milestone
(California) -- With well-orchestrated fanfare, workers on the $175 million expansion of Graton Resort & Casino on April 26 placed the last steel beam atop the new...

4/19/2016

article West Sonoma County’s Graton Casino installs electric-vehicle chargers
(California) -- Graton Resort & Casino has installed seven new electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations in the parking structure adjoining the casino. Graton guests...

3/18/2016

article Tolay Park near Petaluma at least a year away from opening
(California) -- The planning process for Tolay Lake Regional Park south of Petaluma has taken several significant steps recently, but, more than a decade after Sonoma...

3/16/2016

article Graton Rancheria helps restore Tolay Lake’s place in American Indian past—and present
(California) -- On the second day of 2016, I have gathered with Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria tribal councilmembers Lorelle Ross and Gene Buvelot to observe the...

3/6/2016

article ABC7 News hosts weekend of 'Wheel of Fortune' in Rohnert Park
(California) -- ABC7 News anchor Reggie Aqui hosted the "Wheel of Fortune" at the Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park on Saturday. The show is touring the...

2/11/2016

article PD Editorial: Rep. Jared Huffman bill blocking casino deserves support
(California) -- Given the uproar over the construction of the Graton casino in Rohnert Park, why would anyone oppose a congressional bill that prevents the construction...

12/29/2015

article Graton casino restaurant M.Y. China closed
(California) -- M.Y. China, billed as a “must try” restaurant from celebrity chef Martin Yan at the Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park, has closed....

12/28/2015

article Graton Casino leads Sonoma County hotel-building boom
(California) -- As hotel occupancy continues to rise in Sonoma County, a variety of new hotel projects are in the works and are scheduled to open their doors in the next...

11/4/2015

article Graton Resort & Casino offers prizes for 2nd birthday celebration
(California) -- Graton Resort & Casino celebrates its second birthday this week with free T-shirts for the first 2,000 guests. Other November giveaways include cash...

10/2/2015

article Restaurants find good fortune at Graton Casino in Rohnert Park
(California) -- Almost two years after its fanfare debut in Rohnert Park, the Graton Resort & Casino has plenty on its plate, with concerts and events bringing in...

9/4/2015

article Graton Resort & Casino Announces Groundbreaking for $175 Million Resort Expansion
(California) -- The leadership of the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria broke ground today on a $175 million expansion of the Graton Resort & Casino, the Bay...

9/3/2015

article Groundbreaking Held For Graton Casino Hotel
(California) -- The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria ceremoniously broke ground today on a $175 million, 200-room hotel and convention center south of its existing...
article Rohnert Park Indian casino adding hotel, resort will double in size
(California) -- A $175 million expansion of the Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park that will double its size has commenced, the leadership of the Federated Indians...
article Tribe breaks ground on new hotel near Graton Casino
(California) -- The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday on a $175 million, 200-room hotel and convention center south of its...

9/2/2015

article Graton breaks ground on $175M expansion
(California) -- Visitors to Graton Resort & Casino just to the northwest of Rohnert Park will soon have a place to stay and relax by the pool, in a major expansion...
article Graton casino breaks ground on resort near Rohnert Park
(California) -- The Graton Resort & Casino on Wednesday morning unveiled plans for a 200-room, six-story hotel, an expansion that will take it to the next level...
article Graton Resort & Casino Breaks Ground on $175 Million Resort Expansion
(California) -- The leadership of the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria broke ground today on a $175 million expansion of the Graton Resort & Casino, the Bay...
article Work starts on $175M expansion of Station Casinos Indian resort
(California) -- A long-planned hotel expansion to Station Casinos' Indian gaming property in Northern California began Wednesday. The $175 million project will add a...
article Big banquet rooms and new bar on the way for Graton Resort & Casino
(California) -- With a dozen restaurants, the Graton Resort & Casino has plenty of food to feed its slot and poker players. What the bustling North Bay destination...

8/5/2015

article SF Weekly publisher backs off plan to use cover story to ‘make up’ with advertiser
(California) -- Score one for editorial independence, at least in one corner of the alt-weekly world. After a report of his newsroom meddling drew notice from...
article Things Have Gone From Sad to Worse at the San Francisco Media Company
(California) -- Friday was a wretched day for the San Francisco Media Company. The parent organization of SF Weekly and the San Francisco Examiner parted ways with three...

8/2/2015

article Northern California’s Graton Ranchero Casino to break ground for hotel in fall
(California) -- Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria chairman Greg Sarris has announced that ground-breaking will take place this fall for a hotel at the tribes’...

7/29/2015

article Counting Cards at Graton Casino
(California) -- I have just wormed my way onto a big red apple of a bus headed to Graton Casino, a gambling mecca on the outskirts of Rohnert Park about an hour north of...

7/28/2015

press release Graton Economic Development Authority Launches Tender Offer for Any and All of Its Outstanding 9.625% Senior Secured Notes Due 2019
(California) -- The Graton Economic Development Authority (the “Authority”), a wholly owned, unincorporated governmental instrumentality of the Federated...
press release Moody's assigns B2 rating to Graton Economic Development's proposed $225 million T/L B, affirms B2 CFR
(New York) -- Moody's Investors Service assigned a B2 rating to Graton Economic Development Authority's proposed $225 million senior secured term loan B due 2022...

7/27/2015

article Graton Casino hotel [2nd Item]
(California) -- Ground-breaking will take place in the fall for a hotel at the Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park, according to Greg Sarris, chairman of the...

6/23/2015

article Graton casino attacker sentenced to prison
(California) -- A Daly City man who attacked a woman as she slept in her car at the Graton Resort and Casino, beating her over the head with a socket wrench, was...

6/18/2015

press release CHAIRMAN SARRIS: Correcting Gary Navarro's Egregious Testimony
(California) -- Dear Chairman Roe and Members of the Subcommittee:   My name is Greg Sarris, the Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.  I...

5/27/2015

article Supreme Court won't hear challenge to Graton Rancheria casino
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down a petition in Stop the Casino 101 v. Brown, an Indian gaming case. The Stop the Casino 101 Coalition...

5/26/2015

article High Court Passes On Casino Site Jurisdictional Challenge
(New York) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined review of a California appeals court’s holding that a 2000 federal statute granting the Federated Indians of the...

5/4/2015

press release Graton Resort & Casino Provides Playground Equipment and Senior Citizen Transportation for Rohnert Park
(California) -- Graton Resort & Casino has teamed up with the National Recreation and Park Association and CBS EcoMedia’s WellnessAd program to provide much-...

4/17/2015

article Group Says Calif. Never Ceded Jurisdiction Over Casino Site
(California) -- A coalition suing to shutter a tribal-owned Sonoma County casino urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a California appeals court's holding that a...

3/27/2015

article Casino bus catches fire on southbound 101 in Menlo Park, snarling traffic
(California) -- A Graton Resort casino bus caught fire on Southbound Highway 101 in Menlo Park yesterday evening (3/26). Menlo Park and Redwood City fire fighters...

2/6/2015

article Man jailed for car theft at Graton
(California) -- It was another case where returning to the scene of the crime proved to be the wrong thing to do. California Highway Patrol Officers responded to a call...

1/21/2015

article Smith: Sam’s For Play coming to Graton casino
(California) -- Sam’s For Play, you may know, is the enigmatic and vaguely naughty name of a pair of beloved Santa Rosa cafes run by Sam Anker and her son, Troy....

1/20/2015

article Arrest made in Graton casino attack
(California) -- Casino video surveillance tapes aided in a man’s arrest in the attack on a woman sleeping in a car outside of the Graton Resort and Casino in...

1/19/2015

article Arrest made in Graton casino attack
(California) -- A search for a man suspected of attacking and robbing a woman who’d been sleeping in her car at the Graton Resort and Casino ended with his arrest...
article Daly City man held in wrench attack outside Graton Casino
(California) -- A Daly City man robbed a woman and attack her with a wrench outside the Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park, authorities said Monday. Leonel Baul...

1/18/2015

article Man attacks snoozing woman with wrench
(California) -- A male suspect in an alleged assault involving a wrench early this morning at the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park is at large, according to...
article Woman attacked in Graton Casino parking lot in Rohnert Park
(California) -- Deputies are searching for a man who attacked a woman in the parking lot of the Graton Resort and Casino early Sunday morning. The woman was asleep in...

1/13/2015

article Graton Rancheria to make decision about adding casino hotel
(California) -- The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California might add a hotel to its casino, according to Moody's Investor Service. The tribe recently...

1/12/2015

article Moody's: Graton Economic Development's new $450 million bank facility is a credit positive
(California) -- Graton Economic Development Authority's (B2 stable) new $450 million bank facility (unrated) is considered a credit positive in that it will lower...

11/17/2014

article Graton Resort and Casino attacked again over land claim
(California) -- Opponents of the year-old Graton Resort and Casino near Rohnert Park have opened up a new attack on the gambling mega-complex, asking the California...

11/15/2014

article A year later, Graton casino’s impacts limited
(California) -- They came by the thousands from across the Bay Area one year ago, some hoping to gamble, others merely to gawk at the spectacle of opening day at the...

11/12/2014

article Graton casino foes ask state Supreme Court to hear lawsuit
(California) -- A group of casino opponents that lost a legal challenge against the Graton Resort and Casino on Wednesday filed a petition asking the state Supreme Court...

10/15/2014

article Daughter of porn tycoon Artie Mitchell sentenced in federal fraud case
(California) -- Jasmine Mitchell, the daughter of the late porn mogul Artie Mitchell of Corte Madera, was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in prison for credit card fraud...

10/8/2014

article Gambling: Thrice-weekly Graton poker tournaments prove popular
(California) -- As the Graton Resort Casino closes in on its first anniversary, big changes are afoot in the Rohnert Park site’s 20-table poker room.

10/3/2014

article Stop the Casino 101 Coalition v. Brown
(California) -- The First Appellate District affirmed a judgment. The court held that an Indian tribe necessarily had jurisdiction over tribal lands that the United...
article Graton Resort & Casino Shelves $950M Leveraged Loan In Softer Market
(California) -- Graton Resort & Casino has decided not to pursue its opportunistic refinancing, citing market conditions, sources said.

9/4/2014

article Anger over Graton casino land deal resurfaces in garbage talks
(California) -- Still stinging over the price it paid an influential businessman for the site of the Graton Resort and Casino, a North Coast Indian tribe has not yet...

9/2/2014

article Leaving Las Vegas / Supported by Nevada gambling money, Indian tribes are opening casinos closer to California's cities.
(California) -- "This is where everything changes," says Rev. Harry "Chip" Worthington, gunning his gray sedan through an underpass beneath U.S....

8/21/2014

article Political newcomer seeks council seat in Rohnert Park
(California) -- Political newcomer David Grundman is seeking to unseat one of two city council incumbents this fall in Rohnert Park, a city still emerging from tough...

8/15/2014

article Revenues drop at Rohnert Park casino in second quarter
(California) -- Graton Resort and Casino recorded $88.9 million in net revenue for the three months ending June 30, down 12 percent from its first-quarter results,...

8/13/2014

article Graton Rancheria casino records $88.9M in net gaming revenue
(California) -- The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California continue to see strong returns at the tribe's new casino. Graton Resort and Casino opened in...

8/10/2014

article Close to Home: Challenging conventional myths about tribal sovereignty
(California) -- I write in response to the Aug. 1 editorial “Don’t relax standards for tribes, casinos.” While it’s OK to relax eligibility...

8/2/2014

article PD Editorial: Don’t relax standards for tribes, casinos
(California) -- California is home to 109 recognized Indian tribes operating 71 gaming facilities, including the River Rock Casino in Alexander Valley and the Graton...

7/29/2014

article New Deal at Graton Casino / Union bargaining table gives Las Vegas-based Station Casinos chance to show a new face
(California) -- The vote to unionize workers at the Graton Resort & Casino was certified last week. Now 600 service workers and the UNITE HERE union will negotiate a...

7/24/2014

article 3 hurt by falling ceiling tiles at Graton casino concert
(California) -- Tiles fell from the ceiling of the Graton Resort and Casino’s event center last week, injuring three people who were attending a concert, Rohnert...

7/23/2014

article Graton Casino Workers Vote to Unionize
(California) -- The service union Unite-Here announced yesterday that workers at the Graton Casino had voted to unionize. About 600 janitors, cooks, waiters and gaming...

7/22/2014

article Graton casino workers vote to join union
(California) -- Employees with the Graton Resort & Casino have voted to unionize, a move that adds the Rohnert Park tribal gaming destination to the widening trend...

7/9/2014

article California Indian casino built and managed by Station Casinos rising to top of class
(California) -- The Graton Resort & Casino near Santa Rosa, Calif., has not yet celebrated its first anniversary. But one analyst hinted recently the Indian casino...
article Graton Rancheria set to pay off $200M casino development loan
(California) -- The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California is expected to pay off a $200 million pre-development loan thanks to strong returns from its new...
article Fire departments reap casino rewards
(California) -- Some of Sonoma County’s struggling fire agencies are starting to cash in on profits from Sonoma County’s newest casino. Money from the Graton...

7/7/2014

article California Indian casino built and managed by Station Casinos rising to the top of class
(California) -- The Graton Resort near Santa Rosa, Calif., has not yet celebrated its first anniversary. But one analyst hinted recently the Indian casino — which...

7/1/2014

article City gets first casino check
(California) -- In the coming weeks, Petaluma will receive a check of more than $25,000 from the County of Sonoma that ultimately traces back to an agreement with the...
article Mother accused of leaving kids in car to go gambling at Graton casino
(California) -- A San Jose woman who left her two children alone in her car while she went gambling at the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park was arrested late...

6/23/2014

article Pair sentenced in Christmas Eve attack outside Graton casino
(California) -- Two Santa Rosa men were sentenced Friday for the Christmas Eve attack and robbery of a 68-year-old diabetic man outside the Graton Resort and Casino near...

6/19/2014

article Union Vote at Graton Casino Wrapping Up
(California) -- Nothing was official yet, but the vote was “going great” Wednesday afternoon at Graton Casino, where Unite Here’s Sara Norr was...

6/17/2014

article Graton casino workers voting on union
(California) -- Larry Smith gave a cheer as he signed his union card Tuesday in a conference room at the Graton Resort and Casino. Smith, who has worked as a porter in...

6/12/2014

article Rohnert Park budget balanced, for now
(California) -- An improving economy, an aggressive campaign to attract new businesses and some belt tightening measures have allowed Rohnert Park officials this week to...

6/8/2014

article Ambitious project seeks to restore Sears Point wetlands
(California) -- Bulldozers ripped into a hayfield Friday, beginning a project to transform nearly 1,000 acres south of Sonoma into a tidal marsh and levee system that...

5/31/2014

article Graton casino's earnings beat expectations
(California) -- In the first glimpse into its financial health since its debut last fall, the Graton Resort and Casino recorded $101 million in net revenue for the first...

5/28/2014

article CHP: Woman up all night before crashing into officer (w/video)
(California) -- A woman who drove into a CHP officer on a traffic stop, breaking his legs, apparently had been up all night, gambling at the nearby Rohnert Park casino,...

5/27/2014

article Sleeping man found with fake gun outside Graton casino
(California) -- Sonoma County sheriff's deputies went to the Graton Resort & Casino Saturday morning, called by security officers who reported a man sleeping in...

5/26/2014

article CHP officer struck by casino patron on Highway 101
(California) -- A CHP officer on a traffic stop Sunday morning sustained two broken legs after he was struck by a vehicle driven by a woman leaving the Graton Resort...

5/17/2014

article Cloverdale tribe forging ahead with casino plan
(California) -- Plans for a large casino, hotel and entertainment center in Cloverdale are once again moving forward, despite doubts as to whether it can compete with...

4/28/2014

article Native American tribe, archaeologists at odds over Indian remains
(California) -- Buried beneath a 4,500-year-old Indian burial ground and village site in Larkspur, Calif., were thousands bones of bat rays, waterfowl, deer, sea otters...

4/25/2014

article Archaeologists lament loss of 4,470-year-old Indian artifacts at Marin development
(California) -- Archaeologists say they wish they'd had more time to study Coast Miwok remains and artifacts in Larkspur before the 4,470-year-old relics were...

4/24/2014

article Calif. developer finds, then paves over ancient Indian village to build $55 million project
(California) -- An ancient American Indian village and burial site in California that was older than King Tut’s tomb was discovered and then paved over so that a $...
article Native American burial ground, village site destroyed for luxury California homes
(California) -- A 4,500-year-old Native American burial ground and village site was found in California, but the contents were eventually destroyed, reburied, and paved...

4/23/2014

article Archaeologists, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria clash over remains found in Marin County
(California) -- Archaeologists and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria are clashing over Indian remains and artifacts that were excavated during a construction...
article Archaeologists, tribe clash over Native remains
(California) -- Archaeologists and Native Americans are clashing over Indian remains and artifacts that were excavated during a construction project in the San Francisco...
article Graton Rancheria leaders: Found remains, artifacts at Larkspur site a tribal matter
(California) -- What archaeologists call a “staggering” trove of ancient Coast Miwok remains and artifacts found during a construction project in Larkspur...

4/11/2014

article Jail-bound court defendant to judge: Hold on, I left my 3-year-old daughter in the car outside
(California) -- One of several suspects arrested for allegedly using fake credit cards at the Graton Casino showed up to court Thursday in Santa Rosa, only to leave her...

4/7/2014

article 5 Arrested In Credit Card Fraud Scheme Out Of Rohnert Park Hotel
(California) -- Five Bay Area residents were arrested Saturday for theft using fraudulent credit cards, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said.
article Sheriff's Office busts credit card ring in RP hotel
(California) -- Sonoma County Sheriff's deputies busted an elaborate credit card crime ring operating out of a Rohnert Park hotel early Saturday morning, resulting...

4/1/2014

article Casino Location Impacts Long-Term Success
(California) -- Location, location, location is a well-established mantra in the real estate business. Tribal casinos are not exempt – particularly in California,...

3/19/2014

article New Graton Casino leveled Indian competitor
(California) -- It was anticipated that the opening of the big Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park in November might hurt other Indian gaming halls in Sonoma County...

3/18/2014

article River Rock Casino taking hit in wake of Graton casino opening
(California) -- River Rock, Sonoma County’s first Native American casino, has seen its revenues plummet since the opening of the Graton Resort and Casino in...

3/14/2014

article RP council mulls casino mitigation funds
(California) -- Discussion has begun among Rohnert Park City Council members and the city’s senior analyst, Bryce Atkins, concerning the use of casino mitigation...
article Coffeegrounds: It seems all casinos have competition woe
(California) -- IT’S OBVIOUS tribal casinos have outgrown their diapers and bunny-eared slippers. In California, there are 109 authentic tribes owning 68 casinos...

3/6/2014

article Graton Tribe Wins Wetland Grant
(California) -- The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria were one of ten recipients in a recent round of wetlands grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency.

2/28/2014

article Graton Rancheria casino dollars flowing to Rohnert Park
(California) -- For the first time since its opening on Nov. 5, 2013, the Graton Casino Mitigation Fund report was released this week during Tuesday’s Rohnert Park...
article Traffic routes study calls for upgrades in RP
(California) -- Now that the Graton Tribe casino has had several months to settle in on its location on Golf Course Drive West (formerly Wilfred Avenue), Rohnert Park...

2/20/2014

article Rohnert Park casino robbery victim calls attack 'life changing'
(California) -- Dennis Shelley took his share of punches many years ago as a college boxer but the hardest blow he ever felt came Christmas Eve in the parking lot of...

2/18/2014

article Staff Spotlight: Greg Sarris
(California) -- Many people know Greg Sarris as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and one of the key individuals involved in the opening of the new...

2/15/2014

article Cox: Looks can deceive
(California) -- The food at the Daily Grill in the Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park looks good. It's lavishly presented, with large portions and tempting...

2/9/2014

article No spike in Rohnert Park crime last year
(California) -- Rates for most crimes in Rohnert Park remained mostly flat in 2013, the year that the Graton Resort and Casino opened just outside the city’s...

2/4/2014

article Graton Resort & Casino Gives Away a Car and Cash Every Day in February
(California) -- From February 1 through February 28, 2014, Graton Resort & Casino will give away a total of $800,000 including 28 cars and $210,000 in cash. Daily...

1/28/2014

press release IGT's Wheel of Fortune® Brings the Gold Rush to Graton Resort & Casino
(California) -- Last week IGT (IGT) awarded $958,743.35 in total jackpots at the newly opened $800 million Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park, CA.

1/25/2014

article Unemployment falls to 5.7 percent in Sonoma County
(California) -- Unemployment fell to 5.7 percent in Sonoma County in December, down from a revised 6.0 percent in November 2013 as the jobless rate continued to decline...
article Eatery shutters doors at casino
(California) -- The Graton Resort & Casino lost its first eatery on Jan. 14 when DK Wings shuttered its doors a little more than two months after opening at the...

1/18/2014

article Petaluma man suspected of evading police in stolen vehicle
(California) -- A Petaluma driver suspected of running from authorities after they stopped him in Rohnert Park late Thursday night was arrested on a host of charges,...

1/16/2014

article DK Wings closes suddenly in Graton Resort and Casino
(California) -- Douglas Keane’s chicken wing shop in the two-months-old Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park — was suddenly boarded up. The sign was...

1/15/2014

article Douglas Keane closes chicken wings eatery in Graton Resort & Casino
(California) -- DK Wings, celebrity chef Douglas Keane’s concept chicken wings eatery that was a gourmet keynote of the Graton Resort & Casino food court,...

1/13/2014

article Smith: Forget shirts, some gambler lost his shoes
(California) -- Ed and Sally Jensen had the nicest outing to the Graton casino last Wednesday. “We didn't lose any money,” Sally said. Lunch at the Daily...

1/5/2014

article Rohnert Park on road to revival
(California) -- Marilyn Ponton, Rohnert Park's normally low-key development services manager, laughed and spoke in exclamation points as she said, “We're...

12/29/2013

article Two Santa Rosa men arrested in casino assault, robbery
(California) -- Sonoma County Sheriff's detectives Friday arrested two young men suspected of assaulting and robbing a 68-year-old man at the Graton Resort and...

12/28/2013

article 2 Arrests Made In Christmas Eve Robbery Outside Graton Casino
(California) -- Two Santa Rosa men have been arrested in connection with a Christmas Eve robbery outside the Graton Resort and Casino, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s...
article Wanted Santa Rosa man arrested at casino
(California) -- A Santa Rosa man who had been wanted by federal authorities for three years was arrested at Graton Resort & Casino on Friday night.
article Pricy, good steakhouse
(California) -- Hope for some winning hands of poker if you're going to dine at 630 Park Steakhouse in the new Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park — it...

12/27/2013

article Two Santa Rosa men arrested in casino assault, robbery
(California) -- Sonoma County Sheriff's detectives Friday arrested two young men suspected of assaulting and robbing a 68-year-old man at the Graton Resort and...

12/25/2013

article Man Robbed During Attack Outside Graton Casino
(California) -- A 67-year-old man was robbed in a parking lot at Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park Tuesday morning, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s...

12/24/2013

article Man beaten, robbed outside Rohnert Park casino
(California) -- A 67-year-old man was beaten and robbed in the parking lot of the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park Tuesday morning, an attack that left him...

12/19/2013

article Casinos step up their game with promotions
(California) -- An odd thing happened in the days after the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park opened in early November: Attendance at nearby gaming houses, such...

12/7/2013

article Month after opening, Rohnert Park casino's impact hotly debated
(California) -- A month after the Graton Resort & Casino opened to applause and trepidation and uncertainty, early reports likely provide fodder for both critics and...

11/27/2013

article Sonoma's Graton Resort & Casino Deals Las Vegas Glam
(California) -- The rolling hills around Sonoma County are known for vineyards and farms, but these days a new casino is dealing out Las Vegas style to the agrarian...

11/26/2013

article Big and Brassy / California’s largest casino opens outside San Francisco
(California) -- The Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park, described as the “$800 million gorilla” by one industry analyst and easily California’s...
article Casino Traffic Impacts Waning
(California) -- Three weeks ago, when the new Graton Indian casino first opened, traffic in the area was gridlocked for much of the morning. To find out how that...

11/25/2013

article Group opposed to Station Casino project qualifies for California referendum
(California) -- Station Casinos will have to wait a year to find out if it can help a California Indian tribe build a $350 million casino complex 25 miles north of...
article City awaits casino money
(California) -- If money won is twice as sweet as money earned, then Petaluma receiving money from the Graton Resort & Casino for police mitigation may not be so...

11/17/2013

article Gamblers bring their appetites to Graton casino
(California) -- Although the 13 restaurants at the Graton Resort & Casino are now up and running, the chefs and owners are still tweaking menus and hours to cater to...

11/16/2013

article Graton Resort & Casino design plays dull hand
(California) -- The most architecturally memorable casinos - the ones that go to preposterous extremes - use pyramids and pirate ships and mock canals to set the mood.

11/15/2013

article Casino traffic nears ‘normal’ after chaotic Nov. 5 opening
(California) -- Rohnert Park’s Director of Public Safety, Brian Masterson, gave the city council an update on the casino traffic situation at the council’s...
article Hale sees E-Zone on RP’s northwest corner
(California) -- Yes indeed, right up front it merited further investigation. We got a letter to the editor mentioning my name, and it appeared in The Voice’s Nov....
article Masterson tells of casino traffic mess
(California) -- The monthly noontime luncheon meeting sponsored by the Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce had a special edge attached to it on Nov. 6 in Foxtail Golf Club...

11/13/2013

article Power restored to Graton Resort & Casino, surrounding area
(California) -- A hit-and-run driver who caused a large power outage Tuesday night in Rohnert Park, which included the Graton Resort & Casino, remained at large...

11/12/2013

article Graton Casino grand opening causes traffic jams
(California) -- Gridlocked traffic and beeping horns marked the opening of the Graton Casino last Tuesday, with crowds exceeding 5,000 individuals packing the 3,000 slot...
article New Game in Town: Record Crowds Swarm Graton Resort & Casino Opening
(California) -- “I’m so excited!” shouted Eileen Braden of Napa, fast-walking from the parking lot to the entrance of the Graton Resort & Casino in...
article Power goes out in Rohnert Park & new casino
(California) -- Power was reported out at Graton Resort & Casino late Tuesday night due to a outage in the area, according to a PG&E spokesman.

11/11/2013

article Graton Casino's new eateries include a Douglas Keane venture
(California) -- There's always hoopla when a casino opens. The coins start jingling, the big buffets unfold, and confetti flutters everywhere.
article Rohnert Park casino traffic woes start to ease
(California) -- Traffic that snarled Highway 101 last week from Santa Rosa to south of Petaluma for the opening of the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park seems...

11/10/2013

article OP/ED: California should not cede lands to gambling tribes
(California) -- The Bay Area just got its first Indian casino - the Graton tribe mega-casino - and it brings mega-problems. North Bay traffic will never be the same. The...

11/9/2013

article Beginning of the End of the New Graton Casino?
(California) -- On opening day of the Graton Casino in Rohnert Park, Stop Graton Casino has signaled it’s intent to shut the Graton casino down by filing its...
article Indian casino set to open in Calif. wine country
(California) -- A new Native American casino in California's wine country, opening Tuesday, features Las Vegas-style gambling with 3,000 slot and video poker...

11/8/2013

article What they said: Quotes from Google, Victor Rocha
(California) -- "This is what you build when you're going to be here a long, long time." Gambling analyst Victor Rocha describing the just-opened Graton...

11/7/2013

article 2nd day smooth for Rohnert Park casino
(California) -- Day 2 at the Graton Resort & Casino was very different from Day 1. A day after thousands of people flocked to the $800 million casino's public...
article California Mega-Resort Challenges Tribal Casinos, Card Clubs [sub req'd]
(California) -- What one gambling attorney called the “Godzilla” of the California American Indian casino industry opened for business this week in Rohnert...
article Heavy casino traffic a sure bet
(California) -- The locals who were forced to endure the massive traffic congestion caused by the opening of the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park are probably...
article Thousands swarm Graton casino on opening day
(California) -- Seventy-year-old Mary Lopez left her Fremont home just after 3 a.m. to line up in the cold air outside the Graton Resort & Casino, ignoring whatever...

11/6/2013

article Graton Casino Opens, with Keane, Gemignani, Yan in Tow
(California) -- Yesterday was opening day for the Graton Resort & Casino, the new palace of gaming in Rohnert Park. While most of the press was understandably...
article Graton Resort and Casino opens in Sonoma County, complete with star chef restaurant collection
(California) -- Yesterday was opening day for Rohnert Park’s massive Graton Resort and Casino. And for our purposes here on Inside Scoop, it’s worth noting...
article New Graton casino draws huge crowds, snarls wine country traffic
(California) -- The opening of one of California's largest Indian casinos on Tuesday drew throngs of visitors and snarled traffic in the state's wine country.

11/5/2013

article An introduction to The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
(California) -- Who is behind the Bay Area's newest entertainment destination? We are pleased to introduce you to the owners, The Federated Indians of Graton...
article Betting on Graton
(California) -- The route to Wine Country was chock-full of gamblers on Nov. 5. They came in cars and limos. And they came on buses, just like hundreds of San...
article Casino opening attracts thousands
(California) -- The $820 million Graton Resort & Casino opened its doors this morning to a throng of visitors from the Bay Area and beyond, as thousands expected...
article Crowds flock to new Rohnert Park casino, clogging roadways
(California) -- It cost more than $800 million to build, spans 340,000 square feet and will employ 2,000 full-time workers. It also carved a deep rift in Sonoma County...
article Excitement builds for opening of new Rohnert Park casino
(California) -- The Graton Resort & Casino is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Check back frequently for live updates throughout the day from a team of Press...
article Graton Casino to open today in Rohnert Park
(California) -- The opening of one of California's largest Native American casinos in wine country on Tuesday morning is expected to draw throngs of visitors and...
article Graton Rancheria chairman Greg Sarris filled with gratitude
(California) -- As the first crowds streamed through the doors of the Graton Resort & Casino on Tuesday morning, Greg Sarris was there to greet them with a wide...
article Heavy traffic, lots of frustrated drivers near casino
(California) -- Traffic backed up on Highway 101 and on streets in Rohnert Park as the Graton Resort & Casino made its debut Tuesday.
article Indian casino set to open in Calif. wine country
(California) -- A new Native American casino in California's wine country, opening Tuesday, features Las Vegas-style gambling with 3,000 slot and video poker...
article Meet the team behind Graton Resort & Casino
(California) -- How do you prepare to open the doors to a new casino? It takes a great deal of behind-the-scenes planning by a large team of talented people to make your...
article No traffic troubles near the casino so far
(California) -- Authorities are bracing for heavy traffic Tuesday as the Graton Resort & Casino makes its debut. As many as 10,000 additional vehicles are expected...
article PD Editorial: Grand hopes, fears attend casino opening
(California) -- At precisely 10 a.m. today, the number of tribal casinos in California will increase from 68 to 69. The number of operating slot machines will increase...
article River Rock Casino populated with gamblers turned away from Graton
(California) -- River Rock, Sonoma County's oldest tribal casino, saw a rush of patrons Tuesday, capturing people who couldn't get into the packed new Graton...
article Station Casinos, tribal owners open casino near San Francisco
(California) -- Station Casinos and the tribal owners of an $800 million Northern California casino decided a 13-year wait was long enough. With crowds building for...
article Thousands swarm Graton casino on opening day
(California) -- Seventy-year-old Mary Lopez left her Fremont home just after 3 a.m. to line up in the cold air outside the Graton Resort & Casino near Rohnert Park...

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