Proving that CA tribes don't look out for each other, Mark Macarro of Pechanga, who has screwed HUNDREDS OF TRIBAL PEOPLE from Pechanga, now is looking to screw North Fork Rancheria. Now remember, Macarro lied to Congress, issued racist statements, cheated his own relatives and covered the actions of his brother. He runs an APARTHEID RESERVATION. This is who our politicians look to for guidance?
SACRAMENTO — A pair of influential Riverside County tribes with casinos are trying to scuttle a gaming compact between the state and a Central Valley tribe that could come up for an Assembly ratification vote as early as today.
The Brown administration’s agreement with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians would allow it to open a casino off Highway 99 in Madera County.
The pact requires the North Fork tribe to share casino revenue with the Wiyot Tribe of Humboldt County.
First, though, the deal must be ratified by the Legislature.
Supporters, including the governor’s office and organized labor, say the casino would generate 5,000 jobs and $100 million in economic activity. The deal, they say, would help improve the lot of the tribe’s 1,900 members while generating revenue for nongaming tribes, such as the Wiyot band.
But opponents, including the Morongo Band of Mission Indians near Banning and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians near Temecula, contend that the pact would set a precedent for tribes’ opening casinos near urban areas, far from their reservations.
Lawmakers are caught in the middle.
Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, said he has not made up his mind. Medina sits on the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, which held a lengthy hearing on the North Fork compact last week.
“I have to weigh both sides,” Medina said.
Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, whose district is near the Pechanga casino, said she also has not decided how to vote. She has received stacks of letters from both sides, she said.
Assemblyman Eric Linder, R-Corona, plans to oppose the legislation, a spokesman said Wednesday.
Teams of lobbyists continued to blanket lawmakers’ Capitol offices Wednesday with “floor alerts” urging the deal’s ratification or rejection.
“Ratification of these particular compacts would not be just and would neither serve the interests of a majority of Indian tribes nor a majority of Californians,” read a letter from Mark Macarro, chairman of the Pechanga tribe, to the author of the ratification bill, Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Los Compton.
Other Inland tribes with large casinos are neutral on the pact: the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians near San Bernardino and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in the Coachella Valley.