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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, April 17, 2012

“Since 1941 most of our ceremonial sites have been buried beneath the still waters of Lake Shasta. We ask that the Forest Service grant us this one small dignity by allowing our girls to enter womanhood in privacy at one of our last remaining traditional ceremonial sites.” Caleen Sisk, Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe (SF Indy Bay Media)

Petaluma Asks North Bay Legislators To Vote No On Casino Deal (CA – Graton Rancheria)
Press Democrat (April 16, 2012) The Petaluma City Council Monday night agreed to ask North Bay legislators to vote against ratifying the governor's gaming contact with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, arguing the deal doesn't take into account traffic and water problems the Rohnert Park casino-hotel complex could bring to the area.

Tribal Leaders Challenge Forest Service To Protect Native Women's Rights (CA – Winnemem Wintu)
SF Indy Bay Media (April 16, 2012) Members of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe from northern California on Monday challenged Randy Moore, U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester, at his Vallejo office to protect indigenous women from racial slurs and physical harm during coming of age ceremonies planned for this summer.

No Major Changes With New Tribal Chairperson (CA – San Manuel Band)

Highland Community News (April 16, 2012) James Ramos has retired after a two-term chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and the tribe has elected Carla Rodriguez to replace him.

Tribal Chair’s Preliminary Hearing Expected To Be Scheduled At May Hearing (CA – Robinson Rancheria)
Lake Count y News (April 16, 2012) A preliminary hearing is expected to be set next month for Robinson Rancheria’s tribal chair, who is alleged to have embezzled tens of thousands of dollars while she worked for another local tribe.

Tribes Sue University for Human Remains (CA - Kumeyaay Cultural Repatriation Committee)
Courthouse News Services (April 17, 2012) Twelve Indian tribes, known as the Kumeyaay, sued The University of California in Federal Court, seeking repatriation of 9,000-year-old human remains excavated from the school's San Diego campus in 1976.

Prostitution Sting At Blue Lake Casino (CA – Blue Lake Casino)
Arcata Eye (April 16, 2012) On 04-13-2012, approximately 7:00 p.m. deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office Community Response Unit assisted by agents from the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, conducted a prostitution sting.

Tribal Gaming Compact Could Benefit Station Casinos (CA – Graton Rancheria)
Las Vegas Business Press (April 16, 2012) A $433 million tribal casino project in Sonoma County involving Station Casinos LLC is a step closer to becoming a reality after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a gaming compact between the state and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.

Feinstein May Put Senate Hold On Obama Indian Affairs Appointment (US – DOI Appointment)
Territorial Dispatch (April 17, 2012) The sudden and unexpected resignation of the Assistant Secretary of Indian affairs, Larry Echo Hawk in the United States Department of Interior, has created another opportunity for Senator Dianne Feinstein to voice her opposition to expanding Indian gaming in California.

Administration Bucks Precedent, Pays Out A Billion (US – Land Trusts)
NPR (April 16, 2012) The Justice Department and 41 Native American tribes recently announced a roughly $1 billion settlement. Host Michel Martin speaks with Rob Capriccioso of Indian Country Today Media Network.

Gambling Giants Join Social Gaming Gold Rush (US – Online Gaming)
Gambling Compliance (April 17, 2012) SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED  MGM, Caesars, Zynga and Bwin.Party are among the companies jostling for position ahead of the anticipated convergence between the traditional gambling sector and its $14bn social games counterpart.

Nevada Interests Flash Cash In Federal Lobbying Scrum (NV/US – Online Gaming)

Gambling Compliance (April 17, 2012) SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED In the ongoing battle over how best to shape federal Internet gambling policy, Nevada’s gaming and entertainment businesses are likely throwing more money at winning that battle than any other group of special interests on Capitol Hill.

Court Of Appeals Hears Case On Proposed Casino Near Glendale (AZ – Off Reservation Casino)
AZ Central (April 16, 2012) At least one federal appellate judge raised the possibility of remanding a decision to create a West Valley tribal reservation back to the federal government.

Group Releases Study To Back Slots At Tracks (IL – Racetrack Gambling)
Daily Herald (April 16, 2012) A group of Illinois organizations that includes Arlington Park is expected to release an economic impact study today in hopes of reviving a gambling expansion plan that includes slot machines at the track.

NFL: Casino Advertising Doesn't Conflict With Anti-Gambling Stance (US – Casino Ads)
Huffington Post (April 16, 2012) Despite the NFL's vocal opposition to betting on its games, the league's move to allow teams to accept casino ads has generated a great, big ... ho-hum.

Mass. Panel To Discuss Tribal, Internet Gaming (MA – Gambling Regulation)

Boston Globe (April 17, 2012) Tribal casinos and internet gambling are two of the topics up for discussion when the Massachusetts Gaming Commission gathers for its second meeting.