Graton Rancheria’s disenrollment rules defy trend – The Press Democrat

As bitter membership disputes roil many California tribes with casinos, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria has moved to avoid such problems by revising its constitution in advance of the opening of its casino in Rohnert Park. The changes to the tribe’s 11-year-old...
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Graton Rancheria tribe’s growth likely limited – The Press Democrat

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria’s constitution, and recent changes made to it, are a partial map to how the tribe has evolved as a body politic since 2000, when it had 400 members and had just won federal recognition. The tribe now has about 1,300 citizens and is...
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Sunday’s Letters to the Editor: Tribal Membership – The Press Democrat

Tribal membership EDITOR: Thank you, Greg Sarris, for caring about the well-being of your tribe. By protecting the membership of your enrolled members, you will be saving them the grief, shame and hurt that disenrollment has brought to native people (“Tribe defies trend,”...
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Cotati-Rohnert Park schools ponder annual $1 million tribal donation – The Press Democrat

Officials at cash-strapped Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District are pondering how to spend $1 million a year that the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria is to contribute to the district for 20 years. “Number one is the kids,” said school board member Andrew...
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Hopes high as thousands apply for Rohnert Park casino jobs – The Press Democrat

In a small building in a shopping plaza on Rohnert Park’s east side, Phantasia Gabriel nursed her dreams, which lay across Highway 101 at the fast-rising Graton Resort & Casino, where she hopes to become a poker dealer. “I just turned 21 and I went to Vegas for my...
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Graton Resort and Casino to include restaurants from Martin Yan, Douglas Keane, La Fondita family – The Press Democrat

The family behind a longtime Roseland restaurant with humble origins and one of Sonoma County’s most prominent chefs will be among those running eateries in the Graton Resort & Casino when it opens later this year outside Rohnert Park. La Fondita, which grew out of a...
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Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Donate $1.5 Million to Sonoma State For Endowed Chair in Native American Studies

Sonoma State University is pleased to announce that the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria donated to the University $1.5 million to establish an Endowed Chair in Native American Studies, one of only two in the University’s 42 year history. An endowed chair is a faculty...
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