A management contract between the Wilton Rancheria tribe in California, US, and Boyd Gaming to operate a casino has been approved by the National Indian Gaming Commission.

The agreement is the final step in a 13-year process for tribal restoration, moving its land into trust and receiving gaming compact approvals. It will help the Wilton Rancheria to enter tribal gaming in a highly competitive area.

“Approving this management contract does so much more than create a business partnership between Wilton Rancheria and Boyd Gaming,” said NIGC chairman Jonodev Chaudhuri.

“This management contract supports the tribe’s efforts to better their community in many ways, ranging from investing in schools to providing medical support for their people. This contract encompasses the spirit of what IGRA (Indian Gaming Regulatory Act) was created to do - maintaining that tribes are the primary beneficiaries of their gaming operations.”