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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, April 5, 2012

“We need to make sure our Navajo people are informed about this bill. Water rights is always a sensitive subject, so as a leader, I must make sure our people understand what this bill means to our people.” Ben Shelly, Navajo Nation President on US Senate Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012 (Indian Country Today)

Sacramento Police Raid Internet 'Sweepstakes' Cafe, Arrest Employee (CA – Internet Cafes)
News 10 (April 4, 2012) For the second time in two months, police raided an Internet "sweepstakes" cafe in south Sacramento.

Thunder Valley Tribe Buys Whitney Oaks Golf Course (CA – United Auburn)
Sacramento Bee (April 5, 2012) The tribal owners of Thunder Valley Casino have added a golf course to their resort portfolio with the purchase of Whitney Oaks Golf Club in Rocklin for $3.95 million.

Rancho Mirage Hopes To Annex Land Near Agua Caliente Casino (CA – Land Annexation)
My Desert (April 5, 2012) Restaurants, offices and maybe even another hotel are part of the city's sales tax dreams as it looks to annex 193 acres across from the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa.

Editorial: Modern-Day Gold Mining (CA – Suction Dredge Mining)
Los Angeles Times (April 5, 2012) There's still gold in them thar rivers, and adventurers still cherish dreams of wealth. These days, though, sifting for gold is more a form of recreation than a business, and the tin pans have mostly been replaced by motorized machines called suction dredges.

W.E. Watch Joins Supreme Court Case (CA/US – Land Annexation)
Santa Maria Times (April 5, 2012) A local environmental watchdog group has joined with several other California groups in filing a friend-of-the-court brief supporting a Michigan case before the U.S. Supreme Court this month to determine whether private citizens have standing to challenge expansion of Indian reservations through the federal fee-to-trust process.

Tribes Anxious, Uncertain Over Internet Gambling Legislation (US – Online Gaming)
Gambling Compliance (April 5, 2012) SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED Anxiety and uncertainty continue to plague American Indian tribes seeking to both take advantage of the anticipated legalization of Internet wagering while protecting their $26.5bn casino industry from increasing competition.

Zynga In Talks With Wynn Resorts About Online-Gambling Deal, But Odds May Not Favor Tie-Up (US – Online Gaming)
New York Post (April 4, 2012) Eager to marry the popularity of social gaming with real-life betting, Zynga is in talks with casino company Wynn Resorts about a potential online gambling partnership, The Post has learned.

NJ Internet Gambling Bill Moving Forward (NJ – Online Gaming)
NY Convergence (April 4, 2012) Senate Bill 1565 is a bill that would legalize Internet gambling through Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Gambling On Nation-Building (US – Tribal Sovereignty)
The Economist (April 7, 2012) Meeting Ronnie Lupe, the chairman of the White Mountain Apache tribe, is rather like an audience with the chieftain he would once have been.

Navajo Nation President Shelly and Water Rights Commission to Hold Public Forums on Water Rights Bill (US – Water Rights)
Indian Country Today (April 5, 2012) Following a recently introduced Senate Bill proposing to settle Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe water rights, Navajo Nation President will hold several public forums throughout the Navajo Nation according to a Nation press release.

Michigan Casino Question Keeps On Growing (MI – Casino Expansion)
Lansing State Journal (April 4, 2012) A petition for a constitutional ballot question that would allow eight new casinos in Michigan was approved for circulation earlier this week.

RI Senate Endorses Newport Casino Referendum (RI – Casino Regulation)
Turn To 10 (April 4, 2012) A proposal to ask Rhode Islanders to authorize casino games at the Newport Grand slot parlor cleared its last major legislative hurdle Wednesday.

Why Nevada Offers Just About Every Type Of Gambling Possible — Except A Lottery (NV – Lottery)
Las Vegas Sun (April 3, 2012) Watching Nevadans form long lines across the California border last week, hoping to strike it rich gambling, would seem akin to Idahoans emigrating for potatoes or Wisconsinites taking a road trip for cheese.