Thursday, December 26, 2013


There is nothing I'd like better than to see casino business taken away from the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians.  But letting Governor Jerry Brown authorize off reservation casinos is NOT the way to go.

Tribal Casinos should be on reservation land that was available when Californians passed gaming laws.  Actually, it's time to end those compacts and open state-run gambling, so that ALL the people have the benefits of gaming and not just tribes.   We have seen and many of has felt the negative impacts that come with tribal gaming.

The Desert Sun has a story up on this issue:

Californians will decide next year whether a Central Valley Indian tribe can open a new casino, meaning voters should prepare themselves for a statewide debate over so-called “off-reservation” gaming that desert tribes oppose.

The state and federal governments granted permission to the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians for a casino along Highway 99 north of Fresno, but a group funded by competing casino interests succeeded in getting a referendum before voters next November.  OP:  DO NOT BELIEVE that these tribes are worried about the law not being followed.  They are concerned with losing market share.

The North Fork tribe has said its designated land can’t accommodate development to support the tribal economy, so it secured 305 acres in Madera County that was part of its historical homeland for a new casino. The site is 36 miles from the tribe’s governmental headquarters.

Here are statements from two Southern California Tribes:

The Morongo tribe has “consistently opposed tribal gaming on land that is not on or adjacent to an existing reservation,” Martin said in the statement.

Jeff Grubbe, chairman of the Palm Springs-based Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, said in a statement the tribe “respects the wishes of California voters” and, “It’s been our longstanding position that off-reservation gaming compacts break this commitment.

Read the rest HERE:

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