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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, May 31, 2012

“We’ll be singing all night. We have to do something for their spirits…. We want the project to stop, and we are not the only ones.” Vernon Smith, Quechan tribal elder on Ocotillo Wind Project (Imperial Valley Press)

County Enforcement Efforts Against Tribe Could Violate Federal Law (CA – Santa Ysabel Tribe)
East County Magazine (May 29, 2012) The NIGC has warned the County of San Diego that its recent debt collection effort against the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel could violate the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Gaming Fund Grants $740,000 To County, City (CA – Santa Ynez Band)
Santa Ynez Valley News (May 31, 2012) A committee of city, county and Chumash tribal representatives approved nearly $740,000 in grants Friday for Buellton and Santa Barbara County as part of a state-mandated process for distributing tribal gaming profits.

Chumash Buy Another Solvang Hotel (CA – Santa Ynez Band)
Santa Maria Times (May 31, 2012) The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, already owners of two large hotels in the Santa Ynez Valley, announced Wednesday that the tribe has purchased the 71-room Hadsten House Inn, with its day-spa and restaurant, at 1450 Mission Drive in Solvang.

Native Americans Occupy Wind Project (CA – Ocotillo Wind Project)
Imperial Valley Press (May 30, 2012) As the sun came down behind the mountains Wednesday, members of the Quechan Indian Tribe gathered west of here and occupied a portion of the area where a controversial wind-turbine project is being built to perform ceremonies in honor of the spirits.

California Poll Shows Voters Split on Online Poker Legislation (CA – Online Gaming)
4Flush (May 30, 2012) All across the United States, legislatures are working to legalize online poker and other forms of online gambling.

California Online Poker Excites Poker Pros (CA – Online Gaming)
Online Casino Reports (May 31, 2012) Popular poker pro Phil Hellmuth said this week that he is excited for Internet poker to be legalized in California, as several state lawmakers continue to try to push the bill through the legislature.

Tribe Fights for Private Rite (CA – Winnemem Wintu)
Wall Street Journal (May 30, 2012) SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED The Winnemem Wintu Indians want to mark their girls' coming of age as their ancestors did, with a private ceremony in which the girls swim across the McCloud River here.

Letter: Abe A Favorite In Wheatland (CA – Enterprise Rancheria)
Appeal Democrat (May 30, 2012) Enterprise Rancheria pushed for a vote to recommend their off-reservation casino in Yuba County.

Sports Betting Expansion Gaining Ground In North America (US – Sports Betting)
Gambling Compliance (May 31, 2012) SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED As Internet gambling regulation gains traction across the United States and Canada, concurrent efforts to expand sports betting in those countries are also beginning to bear fruit, experts say.

Study Outlines Taunton Casino Benefits, Drawbacks (MA – Off Reservation Casino)
South Coast Today (May 31, 2012) A Mashpee Wampanoag casino would be valued at $594 million and could generate as much as $16.4 million in property taxes annually if it were a commercial venture, according to a report done by the consultants hired by the city of Taunton.

Las Vegas Recovery Remains Muted, Analyst Says (NV – Gambling Economy)
Las Vegas Review Journal (May 31, 2012) Southern Nevada's economy continues its modest recovering from the recession as its two largest industries, tourism and gaming, remain the driving force behind the region's economic growth, according to an economist with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Ohio Judge's Ruling Opens Door For 17,500 VLT Games (OH – Gambling Expansion)
Las Vegas Review Journal (may 30, 2012) Nevada's slot machine manufacturing industry received some good news from a courtroom some 2,100 miles to the east.

It's Time To Look At Legalized Sports Betting In Connecticut (CT – Sports Betting)
Hartford Courant (May 30, 2012) The state of New Jersey played host to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Sixth Internet Cafe Owner Enters Guilty Plea (NV – Internet Café)
Virginian Pilot (May 31, 2012) One of the last of seven sweepstakes cafe owners charged with illegal gambling following an undercover police investigation in 2010 pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Ohio Racinos Get The Go-Ahead With Dismissal Of Lawsuit (OH – Racino Expansion)
Cleveland Plain Dealer (May 30, 2012) A Franklin County court ruling Wednesday that tossed out a lawsuit trying to block expanded gambling at the state's horse tracks has flung open the door for racinos in Ohio, including a trio in Northeast Ohio.