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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, April 24, 2012

We're at a flash point over a general unwillingness to listen to and respect the tribal perspective and advice. These are important public policy questions involving gigantic power plants sprouting up in rural areas that had gone undisturbed for thousands of years." David Singleton, program analyst with California Native American Heritage Commission on Genesis Solar Project (Los Angeles Times)

Santa Ysabel Casino Owes $3 Million To County (CA – Santa Ysabel Band)
San Diego Union Tribune (April 23, 2012) The future of the small Santa Ysabel Casino in North County is in doubt following a recent arbitration judgment ordering the tribe to pay the county more than $3 million for fees it had agreed to pay in 2005 but never did.

Casino M8trix Set To Open With Opulent Poker Room (CA – M8trix Cardroom)
Ante Up (April 23, 2012) The beginning of April came and went with the City of San Jose “flop-blocking” the scheduled grand opening of Casino M8trix.

Letter: Casino Project Supported (CA – Enterprise Rancheria)
Appeal Democrat (April 23, 2012) Yuba County has a wonderful opportunity to create jobs and generate revenue with the proposed Enterprise Rancheria casino-resort project.


Discovery Of Indian Artifacts Complicates Genesis Solar Project (CA/AZ – Sacred Ground)
Los Angeles Times (April 24, 2012) The Feb. 27 letter from the chairman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes was pleading and tough. It asked President Obama to slow the federal government's "frantic pursuit" of massive solar energy projects in the Mojave Desert because of possible damage to Native American cultural resources.

Wind Farm Developer Pledges $3M To Community Improvement (CA – Ocotillo Wind Project)
San Diego Reader (April 23, 2012) Pattern Energy, which is seeking to build a 112 turbine wind energy farm near Ocotillo just east of the Laguna Mountains, has pledged $3 million to set up three funds for education and community improvement if the project is completed.

UCSD Sued Over Human Remains (CA – Kumeyaay Cultural Repatriation Committee)
UCSD Guardian (April 23, 2012) Native American tribes are suing the University of California over human remains found at the University House in 1976.

Governor Brown Announces Appointments (CA – Lottery)
Imperial Valley News (April 23, 2012) Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

Bally Technologies CEO Talks Hot Games, Internet Poker, Expansion Plans And New Jobs (US – Online Gaming)
Vegas Inc (April 24, 2012) Haddrill, CEO of Las Vegas-based slot machine and gaming systems manufacturer Bally Technologies since October 2004, has been hitting the road to expand the company’s product lines abroad.

GiGse to Highlight Importance Of Social Media (US – Online Gaming)
iNTERGame (April 24, 2012) Held in San Francisco, US, April 24-26, the i-gaming conference will spotlight promising and disruptive start-ups that blend the best from the worlds of gambling and social gaming and offer innovative solutions for mobile gaming and legal online poker, in a one-day contest.

Firing of Broken Arrow City Manager Tied to Red Clay Casino (OK – Off Reservation Casino)
Indian Country Today (April 23, 2012) After 22 years of service, Broken Arrow City Manager David Wooden was fired on Friday evening.

Seneca Gaming Corporation Chairman Responds to Opposition (NY – Seneca Nation)
Buffalo Rising (April 23, 2012) Several articles recently appeared in local publications about the Seneca Nation's casinos, and one article in the Buffalo News about the Hamburg Casino.

Court Ruling Could Force Wind Creek To Cash Out (AL – Tribal Casino Taxes)
WKRG (April 23, 2012) The jingle of gaming machines echoes across the casino floor--and now Escambia county officials want a piece of the action.

Revived Vikings Stadium Bill Suddenly Is Moving Faster And Faster (MN – Racino Expansion)
Minn Post (April 24, 2012) A Vikings stadium bill, which languished for months and seemingly was stopped in its tracks by a House committee a week ago, is moving again, faster and faster.

Opinion: Trust Fund Bill A Threat To Tribal Sovereignty (US – Land Trust)
Indianz.com (April 24, 2012) This year, Congress held two hearings on legislative proposals to distribute a 1999 federal court settlement of $20 million approved for damages inflicted by the Nelson Act on six Indian reservations in Minnesota between the years of 1889 and 1934.