Friday, April 18, 2014

Civil Rights Abusing Tribe, Redding Rancheria, Want New Casino. In Court To Get It

The Redding Rancheria of California, which disenrolled their first chairman, Robert Foreman and his family,  went to court last week to argue for the opportunity to open a new casino.
The tribe acquired land in the hopes of moving the Win-River Casino to a bigger location. The Bureau of Indian Affairs, however, said the site didn't qualify under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
Generally, IGRA bars gaming on land acquired after 1988. But Section 20 of the law allows an exception for tribes that were restored to federal recognition.
The Redding Rancheria was restored in 1983 as part of the Tillie Hardwick litigation. The BIA, however, said the exception doesn't apply because the tribe already operates a gaming facility.
"What's pulled out of thin air, that has no basis in case law or no basis in the history of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, is this numerical restriction that says you can't game on restored lands if you already have a gaming facility in place," attorney Scott Crowell told the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals at a hearing on April 8.
The restriction that's being used against the tribe is not found in the text of IGRA. It was written by the BIA during the Bush administration when it implemented Section 20 regulations under pressure from members of Congress who were worried about the expansion of the tribal casino industry.
The tribe is now asking the 9th Circuit to invalidate the restriction. The tribe notes that its land-into-trust application for the new site was filed in 2003, five years before the regulations were finalized in May 2008.

JUST SAY NO to this disgraceful Tribe.  
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