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CTBA Political eBrief March 21, 2012

“As I see the casino structure go up I’m reminded of the significance of this site…. This casino project is allowing our tribe to take a positive step towards self-reliance while becoming a positive contributor to the economic success of Lake County. That’s something to be proud of for all of our members.” Sherry Treppa, Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Tribal Chairperson (Lake County News)

New Casino Structure Goes Up; Job Fairs Planned (CA – Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake)
Lake County News (March 20, 2012) The Habematolel Pomo’s Running Creek Casino in Upper Lake is moving through the construction phase, and in preparation for the casino’s opening later this year the tribe is looking for new employees.

Running Creek Casino Has 150 Positions For Hire (CA – Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake)
Sacramento Business Journal (March 20, 2012) A new tribal casino in Lake County is hosting job fairs in Lakeport to find 150 employees.

KCM Group Nears Completion of New Sycuan Government Center (CA – Sycuan Band)
Reuters (March 20, 2012) KCM Group, construction management firm for the Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians, announced today that they have reached the final phase of construction for the Tribe’s latest project, a new Tribal Government Center Complex.

Richard Milanovich Funeral Rites A Sign Of Evolving Tradition (CA – Tribal Traditions)
My Desert (March 21, 2012) With Gov. Jerry Brown, Rep. Mary Bono Mack and Mayor Steve Pougnet heading a list of 17 speakers, today's memorial service for Agua Caliente Chairman Richard Milanovich clearly won't be a traditional ceremony.

Dan Walters: California Art And Reality Intertwine Over Gambling Issues (CA – Gambling Issues)

Sacramento Bee (March 21, 2012) Last week, two of the most important figures in California's gambling picture died within hours of one another.

Yurok Indians Are Recreating A Traditional Village As Ceremonial Site (CA – Yurok Tribe)
Sacramento Bee (March 21, 2012) From a forested bluff, Willard Carlson Jr. stands watch over Blue Creek where its indigo eddies meet the gray-green riffles of the Klamath River.

Hawaii Online Poker Bill Fails (HI – Online Gaming)
Poker News Daily (March 21, 2012) A series of bills that would have legalized gambling, including online poker, in the state of Hawaii have all been stopped dead in their tracks.

Fate Of New Casino Up To Sault Tribe Voters (MI – Off Reservation Casino)
Soo Today (March 20, 2012) Sault Tribe’s registered voters will soon find in their mailboxes a referendum election ballot to either approve, or disapprove, the tribe’s proposed Lansing casino.

Ho-Chunk Give Final OK To Agreement (WI – Off Reservation Casino)
Beloit Daily News (March 20, 2012) The Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature voted 6-5 today to ratify the intergovernmental agreement for the proposed Ho-Chunk casino project in Beloit, Beloit City Manager Larry Arft said today, Tuesday, March 20.

Poll: Michigan Residents Nix More Casinos (MI – Casino Expansion)
Indian Country Today (March 20, 2012) Just weeks after a report in Michigan’s local press that plans were in the works to develop 22 new casinos in the state, a new opinion poll shows Michigan residents are opposed to increasing the number of casinos.

Reno's Silver Legacy Looks to Strike Some Gold (NV – Silver Legacy)
NBC Bay Area (March 20, 2012) One of Reno's flashiest hotels and casinos is trying to hit the jackpot and avoid defaulting on its loans.

Casino Initiatives Need Government Support, Says Panel (RI – Gambling Regulation)

Providence Business News (March 20, 2012) Previous initiatives to open a full-fledged casino in Rhode Island failed because of a lack of government support, according to those pushing voters to approve two such initiatives this November.

Gambling Commission Lacks Casino Experience (MA – Gambling Regulation)
Boston Globe (March 21, 2012) The newly formed state gambling commission, whose final two members were appointed yesterday, is heavy with experience in law, politics, and public finance, but has little expertise in the casino industry it must license and regulate.

Oregon Lottery Needs More Focus On Problem Gambling, New Report Says (OR – Lottery Regulation)
Oregon Live (March 20, 2012) Oregon's state-run lottery needs to focus more on problem gambling -- especially among youth -- and less on profits as it enters the coming world of online games and other technological advances, a new report says.

Bill To Exchange Tribal Land Earns Plaudits (US/UT – Tribal Land Swap)
Salt Lake Tribune (March 20, 2012) A measure that would preserve Ute Indian lands while opening up other areas in Utah for oil and gas exploration appears to be winning over environmentalists, tribal officials and land managers.