Senator Feinstein should oppose this casino because Enterprise Rancheria has violated the civil rights of it's own people and because they are not good citizens. If they cheat their own people, like other tribes such as Pechanga, Redding, Picayune do here in CA, won't they cheat their customers? We wrote about Senator Feinstein’s bill here Our Senator's Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have been sadly silent on the civil rights issue.
"The Department of Interior's conclusion that the proposed casinos enjoy 'strong community support' is simply false," she wrote in the letter. "Of the 21 local officials polled by the Department of the Interior on the Yuba Casino, only one (Yuba County) supported the project ..."
Feinstein also noted a 2005 advisory vote in Yuba County in which 52 percent opposed the casino, and the 2000 statewide proposition giving the OK to Indian casinos referred to them being on Indian lands.
The Yuba County casino and another one she opposes in Madera County are being built outside those lands, she wrote. Enterprise Rancheria, based in Oroville, has said Yuba County was part of its ancestral tribal area.
With 67 new casinos since 2000, Feinstein also said in the letter, California is significantly saturated.
Among those Feinstein listed as locals opposed to the casino is Supervisor Roger Abe, who said he hopes the letter carries weight with Brown.
"I'm not sure what's going to have the biggest influence on Gov. Brown," he said, adding that 60 percent of voters in his district, which includes Wheatland and the casino site, opposed it in the 2005 vote.
Others listed as opposing the casino are former supervisor and now-Assemblyman Dan Logue and Supervisor Andy Vasquez.
Read more about the leadership of Enterprise Rancheria Chairman Glenda Nelson here
The Appeal Democrat has the story
We wrote about gaming compacts that misfired: Sycuan Bails On Gaming Compact
And also what some tribes have stolen which is now reaching $500 BILLION in California alone