Speaking out of both sides of their mouth, the Grand Ronde tribe, which abused its own people's rights via disenrollment of Chief Tumulth descendants, now seeks to abuse the sovereignty rights of the COWLITZ tribe.
Oregon’s Grand Ronde tribe is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to halt construction of a 368,000-square-foot casino in La Center, Washington, after the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied its request on July 29.
"The council has made the decision to approve an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court," tribal attorney Rob Greene said. He expects to file this fall.
The tribe estimates it will lose 41 percent of its revenue if the Cowlitz tribe’s Ilani casino is permitted to open. Tribal officials said they are looking into other revenue sources in response to the estimate.
Currently, Grand Ronde gives 6 percent of the revenue from its Spirit Mountain Casino to the state through the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. According to the fund's grant archive, the tribe issued 34 grants totaling over $1.5 million in January. Recipients included the Center for Hope and Safety in Salem which received $75,000, and the Child Center which offers mental health services for children. It received $100,000. To date, the fund has given $71.6 million.
So, sovereignty is only good if it doesn't cut into revenues?