Friday, February 1, 2008

What We Agreed to for Indian Gaming

We wanted to give tribes a boost, we wanted to keep tribal gambling limited. WE HAVE that right, to allow gambling. This is NOT a sovereinty issue. The tribes ceded their sovereignty in order to get gambling

In 1999, then-Gov. Gray Davis signed compacts with around 60 Indian tribes allowing each tribe to operate up to 2,000 slot machines. In 2000, Californians approved Proposition 1A also known as the Indian Self-Reliance Act, which ratified the compacts and amended the state Constitution so that the tribes could legally operate slot machines, lottery games and banked and percentage card games such as blackjack and baccarat on Indian land.

The act also created the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund, which required that all tribes with over 350 slot machines pay a percentage of their revenue to non-gaming tribes or tribes with fewer than 350 machines. The trust fund would still be in effect whether or not Propositions 94, 95, 96 and 97 pass.

And that is the crux of this. WHY are the big four trying to insinuate that the RSTF will go away? Or worse, get bigger? It won't if we pass the expanded gaming. THAT makes the big four: LIARS. And we KNOW that Pechanga has cheated its own people. Pechanga will cheat us just as easily.
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