Another loss for Arnold Schwarzenegger, who tried to bully the tribes and cheat them of their rightful slots. He may have learned bullying and cheating from tribes like Pechanga, that have done similar things to their own people. This time, the San Pascual Band, which has wrongfully terminated members of its tribe, outside of the ruling of the BIA, is the victor.
This time, as Onell Soto reports:
For the second time in a week, a North County Indian band has won litigation against the state over slot machines.
Federal Judge Larry Burns ruled late Monday that the state shortchanged tribes by issuing fewer licenses than it should have under a 1999 deal legalizing Las Vegas-style gambling on Indian reservations.
The judge ruled that the statewide cap under that deal should be 42,700, more than 10,000 more than the state initially issued. Each tribe that signed the 1999 compact was limited to a maximum of 2,000 slots.
The ruling came in a lawsuit by the San Pasqual Indian band, which owns the Valley View Casino in Valley Center.
San Pascual is but ONE tribe in CA that has disenrolled members. The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, which hijacked the Temecula Band of Luiseno Indian's federal recognition, is well known for terminating Indians from their rightful place in the tribe. Since the advent of casino gaming Pechanga's disenrollment of 230 adults from the tribe is second only to the Picayune Rancheria in the termination of Native Americans in CA.