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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, February 17, 2012

"We only have one creation site. Only one. Once it's destroyed, once it's eviscerated by a mine ... it's gone." Mark Macarro, tribal chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians (Los Angeles Times)

Supervisors Turn Down Mine, 3-2 (CA – Liberty Quarry)
Press-Enterprise (February 16, 2012) Seven years of debate over a proposed Temecula-area rock quarry came down to a tense hearing and a swing vote as Riverside County supervisors voted 3-2 Thursday to reject one of the most divisive land-use projects in recent memory.

Riverside County Supervisors Reject Massive Temecula Quarry (CA – Liberty Quarry)
Los Angeles Times (February 17, 2012) Despite the promise of hundreds of new jobs, the mountaintop granite mine is turned down over neighborhood concerns about increased traffic, possible health hazards and environmental destruction.

Tribe Warns Of Casino Layoffs (CA – Colusa Indian Community/Enterprise Rancheria)
Sacramento Business Journal (February 17, 2012) The tribe that owns the Colusa Casino estimates its gaming operation could lose up to 60 percent of its business if a new casino is allowed to be developed near Marysville by the tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria.

Agua Caliente Receive Federal Funds For Wind-Solar Project (CA – Agua Caliente)
MyDesert.com (February 16, 2012) The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians today received $214,415 in federal funds to help develop a joint wind-solar energy project on tribal land.

Tribe Sues County, Pardee Homes Over Sacred Site (CA – Luiseno Burial Ground)
North County Times (February 16, 2012) A North County tribe has sued the San Diego County government and Pardee Homes to stop the construction of a road it says will run over an ancient tribal burial ground in Fallbrook.

Smartphones and New Horse Racing Laws (CA – Horse Racing)
Yahoo Sports (February 17, 2012) Two years ago, it was announced that California would be the first state in the United States to offer exchange betting.

Opinion: Disenrollments Are Nothing Short Of Tribal Terrorism (CA – Disenrollment)
Sierra Star (February 16, 2012) The Sierra Star has done an excellent job in bringing the shameful acts of dissenrollments of members of the Chukchansi Indians to the public.

Proposed IGRA Amendment Would ‘Sanction’ Extortion of Tribes (US – Casino Regulation)
Indian Country Today (February 16, 2012) Rep. John Sullivan (R-Oklahoma) has introduced an anti-Indian casino bill that gaming experts say would give local governments the power to shake down Indian nations for money.

Reid: No Deal On Internet Poker (US – Online Gaming)
Las Vegas Review Journal (February 16, 2012) Sen. Harry Reid put a sudden end to speculation and the hopes of card sharks when he declared that major payroll tax legislation unveiled Thursday did not contain legalization for Internet poker.

Republican Online Gambling Advocates Have Tough Choice Ahead (US – Online Gaming)
Off Shore Gaming Association (February 16, 2012) Last month I published an article suggesting that Newt Gingrich was a better option for bettors than Mitt Romney given Gingrich’s connections to gambling interests in Nevada while Romney was clear that he opposes online gambling.

Zynga Expresses Interest in Online Gambling (US – Online Gaming)
Online Casino Reports (February 17, 2012) Zynga COO John Schappert told Forbes this week that online gambling is "very interesting", backing up the company's confirmation last month that it is already in talks with several partners in a potential bid to enter the industry.

Nevada Sets Its Standards For Online Poker (NV – Online Gaming)
Gambling Compliance (February 17, 2012) SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED The Nevada Gaming Control Board has published technical standards and minimum internal control standards for interactive gaming, as regulators close in on awarding the first U.S. licenses for online poker later this year.

BIA, ‘Concerned About Unauthorized Use’ (OK – Off Reservation Casino)
Broken Arrow Ledger (February 16, 2012) The Bureau of Indian Affairs is “concerned about unauthorized use of the land” sisters Marcella Burgess Giles and Wynema Burgess Capps have leased to the Kialegee Tribal Town for the Red Clay Casino.

White Earth Casino Plan Appears Highly Unlikely (MN – Off Reservation Gaming)
Daily Globe (February 16, 2012) White Earth Nation’s proposal to build a Twin Cities casino that could help fund a new Vikings stadium received little support from key policymakers Thursday after the tribe’s leader said it would be the best option for Minnesotans.

Lansing Casino Developers Revealed At Council Committee Meeting (MI – Off Reservation Casino)
MLive.com (February 16, 2012) After weeks of speculation and pressure from city leaders, an official with the group behind the development of the proposed Lansing Kewadin casino has revealed the group's key investors.

Seneca President’s Comment on Casino Incident (NY – Seneca Casino Fight)
Pechanga.net (February 17, 2012) The following is a statement from Seneca Nation of Indians President Robert Odawi Porter following an incident at Seneca Niagara Casino Friday night involving State Sen. Mark Grisanti and Seneca business people.

State Hires Outside Help For Tribe Casino Deal (MA – Casino Expansion)
Cape Cod Times (February 17, 2012) Two law firms and a financial consulting company — all with extensive tribal gaming experience — have been hired by the state to help Gov. Deval Patrick negotiate a potential compact with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.

Waikiki Casino Bill Stalls In House Panel (HI – Casino Regulation)
Maui News (February 16, 2012) A proposed stand-alone casino in Waikiki has stalled in a state House committee.

Tribes Back Bill To Ease Federal Oversight Of Indian-Land Energy Projects (US – Tribal Land Use)
AZ Capitol Times (February 16, 2012) Tribal officials told a House committee Wednesday that federal regulation of energy projects on Indian lands is a “major bottleneck” that is stifling their economies and needs to be changed.