A group of tribes, including several with casinos near Yuba-Sutter, have written Gov. Jerry Brown a letter opposing the Enterprise Rancheria casino in Yuba County. None raise the spectre of the civil rights abuses that the Enterprise Rancheria has heaped on their people.
Specifically, the letter opposes what its authors call "reservation shopping," or the practice of a tribe looking for lands to build a casino far from where it is based.
"A tribe should not be permitted to acquire land for gaming anywhere it chooses within the State," the letter to Brown, dated Sept. 30, states. "Substantial weight should be given to a tribe's historic connection to the land because to ignore a lack of connection would seriously undermine tribal sovereignty."
Among those listed as signatories to the letter are chairs for the United Auburn Indian Community, Mooretown Rancheria and Colusa Indian Community, which operate casinos in Placer, Butte and Colusa counties, respectively.
Rancheria tribal members have said Yuba County is within their tribal boundaries, while pointing out their true ancestral home is now covered by Lake Oroville.