Court Rules In Favor Of Redding Rancheria In Suit Against City Of Redding Over Land Deal

Redding Rancheria has won a lawsuit against the City of Redding for what they say was an intentional effort to sabotage their proposed new casino project. The tribe that owns Win River Casino wants to build a much larger casino, hotel and entertainment complex between Interstate 5 and the Sacramento River just south of South Bonneyview Road. The ultimate decision on the permit lies with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which would hold the land in trust for the tribe. The Redding City Council has sent letters to the bureau stating their opposition to the project. A lawsuit filed in 2020 claimed the city made a sneaky attempt to block the project. It said city officials met in secret and sold a tiny parcel of less than a half acre of Bechelli Lane just north of the tribe’s desired location that would block access to it. The tribe alleged that the tactic violated several state laws and circumvented the required review process. The court agreed and ruled last week in favor of the tribe, ordering that the sale be vacated. The city will likely be ordered to cover the tribe’s legal costs as well.