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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Riverside County Supervisors Do Pechanga's Bidding on North Fork Rancheria Casino
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Tuesday to go on record opposing state legislation that would allow an American Indian tribe in Central California to establish a casino on the outskirts of a city, away from its reservation.
In pushing for the stance, Supervisors Jeff Stone and Marion Ashley wrote in a report to colleagues that Assembly Bill 277 would create a "dangerous precedent."
Stone did not attend the meeting and did not vote.
"The proposed compact is the first foothold in an effort to push the limits of off-reservation gaming," Stone and Ashley wrote. "The North Fork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians has lands eligible for gaming but prefers a more lucrative location on the Madera city border."
The supervisors' districts are home to the Pechanga and Morongo casinos, two of the region's most successful gaming venues.
The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians and its portly leader Mark Macarro are well known for violations of civil and human rights. Macarro was the subject of a recall attempt. Tribal factions did not like that he hired his wife's company IETAN Consulting without bringing it before the tribe.