Can an Indian tribe that hopes – some day – to operate a Las Vegas-style casino resort in Rohnert Park afford to bankroll now a hospital that is losing $11 million a year?

That’s only one of many questions left unanswered by a surprising proposal from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Our lead editorial for Wednesday explains why it is too early to pass judgment on the tribe’s offer to pay to keep Sutter Medical Center open in 2008 and beyond.

-Pete Golis.