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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, June 29, 2012

“I believe my tribe has the knowledge and the business background to improve the quality of life for the tribal members, not only through a casino or whatever, but through many economic development opportunities.” Scott Gabaldon, tribal chairman of the Mishewal Wappo Tribe of Alexander Valley (Press Democrat)

Amador County Sues U.S. Interior Department To Block Casino (CA – Ione Band)
Sacramento Bee (June 29, 2012) Amador County has sued the U.S. Department of Interior in a bid to block the Ione Band of Miwok Indians from building a casino resort near the rural town of Plymouth.

San Jose Card Room Expansion Measure Qualifies For Ballot (CA – Cardroom Regulation)
Mercury News (June 28, 2012) San Jose's Bay 101 card room has enough signatures to put a measure on the November ballot that would allow a big increase in the number of tables at the city's two approved clubs, city officials said Thursday.

Alexander Valley Tribal Leader Spars With Thompson Over Casino (CA – Mishewal Wappo)
Press Democrat (June 28, 2012) The leader of Alexander Valley’s Wappo Indians on Thursday disagreed sharply with Rep. Mike Thompson’s assertion that the tribe will try to build a casino if it attains federal recognition.

Citizens Group Requests County Appeal Of Fee-To-Trust Decision (CA – Santa Ynez Band)
Santa Ynez Valley Journal (June 28, 2012) Preservation of Los Olivos, P.O.L.O., a grass-roots citizen group, received notice on June 22, 2012, that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has determined it will accept the 6.9 acres into federal trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians.

Pipe Taken From Burial Site Returned to Tribes (CA – Kumeyaay Burial)
San Diego Reader (June 28, 2012) The Department of the Interior earlier this month published a notice in the Federal Register stating its intention to return a clay pipe associated with a native burial ritual to a collective representing several tribes of the Kumeyaay nation in San Diego.

County Wants Right To Comment On Tribal Fee-To-Trust Applications (CA – Land Acquisition/SB 162)
Fallbrook Bonsall Village News (June 28, 2012) The San Diego County Board of Supervisors took a position supporting the right of public agencies to make comments or take positions on proposals to add off-reservation land to tribal trust territory.

Delaware Is First To OK Full-Service Casino Gambling – Online (DE – Online Gaming)
Lohttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/06/28/us-supreme-court-upholds-indian-health-law-and-larger-obama-health-law-121084s Angeles Times (June 28, 2012) If you love casino gambling and live in Delaware,  it won’t be long before you’ll no longer have to make your way to one of the state’s three casinos. By 2013, due to a bill signed into law Thursday, people in Delaware will be free to play slots and roulette on their computers -- and probably on their smartphones too.

Delaware’s Approval Of Online Gambling Will Make Social Game Companies Perk Up (DE – Online Gaming)
Venture Beat (June 28, 2012) Delaware authorized online gambling today, as the state Senate approved a bill by a 14-6 vote to allow online betting in the state.

States Drive Poker Action (US – Online Gaming)
Las Vegas Review Journal (June 29, 2012) Poker players will receive an update from their top lobbying organization on legislative efforts to license and regulate online poker in the United States during a special town hall-style meeting Saturday at the Rio.

NJ OKs Handheld Gambling Devices For Casino Guests (NJ – Portable Devices)
Ventura County Star (June 28, 2012) Unless Gov. Chris Christie objects, Atlantic City casino patrons soon will be able to gamble next to the pool, in their hotel rooms or while waiting in line for the buffet.

Arizona Lawmakers Clash Over Bill to Bar Tohono O’odham Nation From Building Off-Reservation Casino (AZ – Off Reservation Casino)
Indian Country Today (June 28, 2012) Accusations of lying and dishonest actions from both opponents and supporters stem from plans to build a casino near Glendale, Arizona.

Patchak Decision Set To Stall Indian Casino Progress (US – Land Trust)
Gambling Compliance (June 29, 2012) The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Patchak case will hinder efforts by American Indian tribes to acquire trust land for casinos and other purposes, and make financing more expensive, tribal leaders and bankers say.

US Supreme Court Upholds Indian Health Law and Larger Obama Health Law (US – Indian Health Care)
Indian Country Today (June 28, 2012) Also surviving is the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA), which was part of the larger law and paved the way to permanently reauthorize some important federal and tribal Indian health-related programs and funding pathways.