Capitol Weekly has the story on the CA Senate soon to approve the NORTH FORK RANCHERIA's casino plans. CA's Indian Tribes don't want another tribe to benefit from their market share. Even the leader of a tribe that practices apartheid on their reservation (Mark Macarro of Pechanga) opposes it. How bad does it have to be for a civil rights abusing, apartheid practicing leader to oppose it?
Remember when Macarro tried to keep Californians from voting?
Despite objections of a dozen Indian tribes operating casinos across California, the Senate is expected to approve legislation this week allowing the North Fork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians to build a hotel casino complex near Madera – the first off-reservation tribal casino authorized in the state.
North Fork says its 2,000-slot casino and 200-room hotel will jumpstart the economic livelihood of its 1,900-member tribe and buoy the area’s depressed rural economy.
“Ratification of our compact is going to bring jobs to the area and build up the economy,” Elaine Bethel Fink, chairwoman of the North Fork tribe, told Capitol Weekly.
The project helps the tribe, of course, but it also helps people who want both construction jobs and permanent jobs with full benefits once the project is completed.”
North Fork would become the 63rd of California’s 109 federally recognized tribes to enter the casino business.
California Indian gaming generated an estimated $6.9 billion in 2011, according to the annual Casino City Indian Gaming Industry Report, released in March. Indian gaming revenues in California, the largest of any state, peaked at $7.3 billion in 2008.
Opponents, particularly tribes already operating casinos, say North Fork is “reservation-shopping” by being able to build its casino complex just off Highway 99, 36 miles from their secluded rancheria near Yosemite.
Another worry of tribal casino owners is that approval of North Fork’s 20-year compact will cut into their profit by making it easier for potential customers to instead gamble at casinos built closer to urban areas.
“The fact that every local tribe stands united in opposition to this project is evidence that the approval of the North Fork compact is not a sound solution,” Mark Macarro, tribal chair of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, told lawmakers before the compact reached the Senate floor.
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