Graton Rancheria on the fight for recognition

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria lost federal recognition in 1958. In 1992, chairman Greg Sarris was involved as it launched an effort to get it back.


In the second part of the Tribal Gaming keynote, Sarris talks ICE 365 through the fight for sovereignty, which ultimately succeeded in 2000 when Congress passed the Graton Rancheria Restoration Act.

He also discusses the benefits that securing federal recognition brings to the tribe, such as allowing it to construct a casino on tribal lands.

This forms part of a three-part series, that also sees Sarris talk to Ewa Bakun about the prospects for legal betting and igaming in California, and how it weathered the upheaval caused by Covid-19.