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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, February 21, 2012

“My focus since day one has been getting my tribe restored, so we can reclaim the benefits we lost over 50 years ago. You’re not going to get anything unless you fight for it.” Scott Gabaldon, Mishewal Wappo Tribal Chairman (Press Democrat)

Brown Seeks To Consolidate Gambling Oversight (CA – Online Gaming)
Press Enterprise (February 19, 2012) As lawmakers consider legalizing online games, the governor’s budget proposal calls for rolling the regulatory commission into the state Justice Department

California Awaits New Internet Gambling Bill (CA – Online Gaming)
Gambling Compliance (February 21, 2012) SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED A new Internet gambling bill in California will face an uphill battle and a short, six-month window to be passed into law this year.

Quarry Opponents Vigilant As Developer Weighs Options (CA – Liberty Quarry)
Press Enterprise (February 18, 2012) Liberty Quarry opponents still celebrating Thursday’s vote by Riverside County supervisors against the proposed open-pit mine project aren’t declaring an end to their 7-year battle.

Battle Over Wappo Tribe's Future (CA – Mishewal Wappo Tribe)
Press Democrat (February 18, 2012) The Mishewal Wappo Indians of Alexander Valley could be called Sonoma County’s lost tribe.

Opinion: How The Wappo Should Have Been Treated (CA – Mishewal Wappo Tribe)
Napa Valley Register (February 18, 2012) I would offer that Napa County’s political position and diplomatic exploit toward the federal recognition of the Mishewal Wappo tribe is that of reactionary and fails shamefully to be responsive.

Letter: Hard To See Tribes Against Enterprise Rancheria (CA – Enterprise Rancheria)
Appeal Democrat (February 20, 2012) Native American tribes have been fighting for equality forever in the state of California

Editorial: The Character Of A Community At Stake (CA – Jamul Indian Village)
San Diego Union Tribune (February 19, 2012) The Battle of Jamul, probably the fiercest fight ever involving an Indian casino proposed for rural San Diego County, is on again

Card Clubs, Gambling Pose Quandary For Police Chief (CA – Cardrooms)
Mercury News (February 19, 2012) For a couple of generations now, a fault line in San Jose politics has separated people who condone card clubs -- or shrug at gambling as inevitable -- from those who rue the day they became so rooted in town.

Hearing Set In May On Tribe’s Liquor License (CA – Santa Ynez Band)
Santa Maria Times (February 21, 2012) The state agency responsible for alcohol licensing and compliance will hold a three-day public hearing in May on the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ request for an expansion of the liquor license at its Chumash Casino Resort.

Hardship Follows Some Expelled Pala Members (CA – Disenrollment)
North County Times (February 18, 2012) After her mother and her sister died of breast cancer, Berdine Riggs, 40, decided not to take a chance and had both her breasts removed, on the advice of her doctors.

Casino Customer Detained by U.S. Border Patrol (CA – Sycuan Casino)
NBC San Diego (February  18, 2012) A trip to a local casino turned into a nightmare for an El Cajon man after he was arrested and detained by Border Patrol for nearly a week.

Hoopa: ‘Our Belief Is In This Water. It Is Everything’ (CA – Klamath River Water)
Herald and News (February 19, 2012) Much of Hoopa ancestral territory in Northern California is in remote areas few outsiders visit.

Agua Caliente Wind-Solar Project Gets Federal Boost (CA – Agua Caliente)
Indian Country Today (February 18, 2012) On February 16, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $214,415 grant to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to help develop a joint wind-solar energy project on tribal land, reported mydesert.com.

Seeking A Better Federal Settlement Agreement For The Elem Colony (CA – Elem Reservation)
Lake County News (February 21, 2012) I will formally submit testimony … that the true living Elem Reservation residents and community members formally reject and totally disagree with the current Department of Justice settlement agreement as prescribed.

Federal Online Poker Not A Good Bet In 2012 (US – Online Gaming)
Casino City Times (February 20, 2012) A Wall Street gaming analyst told investors Friday that debate over federal legislation that would legalize Internet poker has most likely been pushed into 2013 after lawmakers didn't attach an online gaming bill to the payroll tax cut extension.

Iowa Senate Subcommittee Approves Online Poker Bill (IA – Online Gaming)
Sioux City Journal (February 20, 2012) A Senate subcommittee on Monday approved a bill designed to legalize online poker in Iowa.

Another Online Gambling Operator Applies For Nevada License (NV – Online Gaming)
Online Casinos (February 18, 2012) America has gone around and around with the idea of legalizing online gambling with nothing resolved with more confusion every day.

BA Councilors Consider Denying Utilities To Casino (OK – Off Reservation Casino)
KJRH (February 21, 2012) Broken Arrow city councilors will meet Tuesday to discuss the controversial Red Clay Casino.

Group Running Radio Ads Attacking Tribe Behind Sheboygan Casino Project (WI – Off Reservation Casino)
Sheboygan Press (February 20, 2012) A Columbus, Wis.-based special interest group began running radio attack ads today alleging that the northern Wisconsin Indian tribe looking to build an off-reservation casino in Sheboygan has considerable financial troubles.

Casinos Industry Spent Millions Lobbying In Massachusetts (MA – Casino Expansion)
Mass Live (February 20, 2012) When Beacon Hill lawmakers finally adopted a bill to legalize casino gambling, it wasn't just a victory for would-be high rollers or Massachusetts' cash-strapped cities and towns.

Tribes Advance In Legal Battle Over Casino Licenses (MA – Casino Regulation)
CBS Boston (February 18, 2012) A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that alleged the state’s casino law is unconstitutional because it gives an advantage to federally recognized Indian tribes.

Casinos: Expansion Not In Public Interest (IN – Casino Expansion)
NWI Times (February 19, 2012) The effect of the new Rivers Casino, in Des Plaines, Ill., has become exhibit No. 1 against any expansion of gaming in Illinois or Indiana.

Illinois Deals Itself Into The Online Lottery Market (IL – Online Lottery)
Quad City Times (February 18, 2012) If all goes as planned, Illinois residents will soon be able to purchase lottery tickets without leaving their homes or offices.