Monday, June 27, 2011


The U.S Supreme Court on Monday left intact a court of appeals opinion that will make it more difficult for states to hold out for certain payments from tribes who want to negotiate compacts to expand or build new casinos.

The court decided not to hear the California appeal by the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians, a San Diego area tribe that wants to add slot machines to Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort.

By refusing to hear the case, the Supreme Court effectively upheld Rincon’s view that California went too far in its demands that general fund payments be made in exchange for the right to put hundreds of slots on the casino floor.

Tribes have been watching the case closely, saying the decision will have broad ramifications over compact negotiations between tribes and the governor.   EPIC FAIL on the part of Schwarzenegger


White Buffalo said...

The article mentions breach of trust from government to government, and how Indian tribes have been treated unfairly. Although this is true, there is still no recourse for Indians who have been treated unfairly by tribes. Where is the justice for the minority that have no representation or political clout. Congress must address this issue or the courts must set a real president that addresses the rights of US citizens who are/were members of a tribe.

Anonymous said...

Schwarzenneger overreached and what happened is the people of California LOSE.

Anonymous said...

If tribes continue to pay, they are agreeing to to pay illegal taxes.

Congress knew, BIA knew, California knew. Most important; so-called Indian Law attorneys knew.

Whose interests were attorneys such as Levine and Dickstein really protecting at the expense of Indians?