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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Should Disenrolling Tribes Be EXCLUDED as BAD ACTORS in Any Online Poker Laws? Pechanga, Pala Should be BANNED
The 3 member California Tribal Business Alliance includes the civil and human rights violating tribe, the Pala Band of Luiseno Indians which has disenrolled 15% of their tribe. Should they REALLY be speaking out against BAD ACTORS? Should any tribe that terminated Native Americans be given any more gaming rights? Pechanga, Redding Rancheria, Mooretown, Enterprise, Chukchansi, San Pasqual should ALL be excluded. At least Pokerstars paid their debt.
A statement from Leslie Lohse, the Treasurer of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians and Chairperson of the California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA), includes strong opposition to any California gaming law that would allow PokerStars to receive a license to operate.
She issued the statement in response to press reports that PokerStars was working with the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and multiple California card clubs to offer online poker in California.
Citing PokerStars' continued presence in the US market following the introduction of UIGEA, Lohse said of the CTBA, “we will strongly oppose any legislation which allows PokerStars to participate.”
After Black Friday, PokerStars paid a $731 million out of court settlement to the US DOJ, but admitted no wrongdoing. The terms of the settlement expressly permitted PokerStars to apply for a federal gaming license should the law change.
Leslie Lohse was one of the most reluctant to endorse Californian liberalization of online poker at the recent Symposium on the subject.