Where was Senator Dean Florez's OUTRAGE when the Picayune Rancheria in Coarsegold terminated half of it's tribe? Is that what you though self-reliance meant, Mr Senator? How about when the Pechanga tribe violated the civil and human rights of 25% of it's membership? Your silence was deafening.
From Dean's Editorial:
When Californians approved Propositions 1A and 5, they were told -- and believed -- that these landmark gaming initiatives would give our state's Indian tribes the right to operate casinos on Indian lands. OP: And the opposition said it would come to this: gambling off the rez. Who was right?
Voters never dreamed that a few short years after they endorsed these measures promising Indian self-reliance on Indian lands, communities throughout California would be fighting to prevent an alarming move toward the proliferation of Indian casinos on nontribal sites, miles away from the ancestral homelands. OP: HOW about joining the fight for the individual Indian, that was harmed by the tribes? And again, many voters KNEW they'd be fighting this issue. Once you politicians started get PAID by the tribes.
One such battle is now under way in Madera County, where the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians' proposed mega-casino project, on Highway 99, more than 40 miles from their federally recognized land, seems headed for approval by the Bureau of Indian Affairs OP: TRANSLATION: North Fork Indians do not contribute to my campaign funds like Indian-killer Picayune does. Poor Chukchansi may lose so bidness in a sweet bit of Karma.
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