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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, March 1, 2012

"We see it and they see it. They have no respect for us. We're nothing as far as they're concerned." Nella Heredia, Tribal Elder of the Cahuilla Indian Reservation on the Fallbrook Construction (10 News)

‘Super’ Majority Required For California Internet Poker Bill (CA – IPoker Bill)
Gambling Compliance (March 1, 2012) SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED It will take a two-thirds majority in both chambers of the California legislature to pass an Internet poker bill introduced last week by Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

Restraining Order For Fallbrook Road Project Is Denied (CA – Fallbrook Sacred Site)
San Diego Union Tribune (February 29, 2012) A judge has denied the request of an Indian tribe to halt construction of a road being built on private property in Fallbrook they say is desecrating an ancient Native American burial ground.

Judge: Construction At Tribal Grounds Can Go On (CA – Fallbrook Sacred Site)
10 News (February 29, 2012) A Vista judge Wednesday said construction can move forward in an area of Fallbrook where Indian burial grounds are reportedly located.

Deputies On Patrol Near Yosemite After Chukchansi Tribal Factions Clash (CA – Picayune)
Los Angeles Times (February 29, 2012) Sheriff’s deputies and security guards were on patrol Wednesday after rival factions of a tribe that runs a casino tangled in a violent skirmish that left two people hospitalized, including one who suffered a stab wound.

Chukchansi Tribal Members Leave Buildings In Dispute (CA – Picayune)
Fresno Bee (February 29, 2012) Madera County Sheriff John Anderson was prepared to storm buildings occupied by members of two rival Chukchansi tribal factions and make arrests, risking injury to the tribal members and officers.

California Welcome Center in Alpine First in State on American Indian Land (CA – Viejas)
Indian Country Today (March 1, 2012) In 2009 the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians in Alpine approved the only Welcome Center in California on Native land to promote tourism in San Diego County and business with tribal enterprises.

Mark Pincus Says Online Gambling Is A 'Natural Fit' For Zynga's Games (US – Online Gaming)
San Francisco Chronicle (February 29, 2012) Zynga CEO Mark Pincus thinks online gambling is a "natural fit" for its games, he said at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom conference today.

The Feds Attack Online Poker (US – Online Gaming)
Dallas Observer (March 1, 2012) When you've turned nothing into something once already, you tend to feel you can do it again. There's faith your luck will turn. Perhaps it's delusion. But for a professional poker player, self-confidence is essential.

Bodog’s Ayre Indicted On Illegal Gambling Charges (US – Online Gaming)
Gambling Compliance (February 29, 2012) SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED Bodog founder Calvin Ayre faces a maximum 25 years in prison for alleged violations of U.S. gambling and anti-money laundering laws, according to an indictment unsealed by federal prosecutors in Baltimore on Tuesday.

Online Gambling 101: What The New Gambling Expansion Means For States (US –Online Gaming)
Christian Science Monitor (March 1, 2012) Online lotto – and virtual slot machines, blackjack, and poker – could be coming to your state or one near you.

Casino Referendum Brewing (MI – Off Reservation Casino)
Lasing City Pulse (February 29, 2012) The chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is worried his members will overturn the tribe’s vote to support a downtown Lansing casino, putting an end to over a year’s worth of confidential negotiations and month-long buzz over Kewadin Lansing Casino.

‘Net Profit: Looks Like Internet Cafe Gaming Is Here To Stay (FL – Internet Cafes)
Sunshine Slate (March 1, 2012) It is a pretty good bet that those neighborhood Internet cafes offering web access, phone cards and online gaming (gambling) are sticking around, at least for another year.

Mashpee Wampanoags Planning Massachusetts Resort Casino (MA – Casino Expansion)
Indian Country Today (March 1, 2012) A new destination resort casino is potentially coming to Taunton, Massachusetts.

'Bad Times': Several Major Casinos Saddled With Heavy Debt (US – Casino Economy)
USA Today (February 29, 2012) Several major casino companies in the USA are grappling with heavy debt taken on in better economic times, and industry observers expect more as the list of states vying for gamblers' dollars grows.