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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, May 4, 2012

"During the 20th century, our country had a serious discourse about civil rights for African-Americans, but our country has never had a similar discourse about the nature of Native American rights. This declaration gives us an opportunity and an occasion to have a serious national conversation…. Congress has unlimited authority to limit or modify tribal sovereignty. This is extraordinary legislative power over indigenous people." Walter Echo-Hawk, adjunct professor of law at University of Tulsa (Tulsa World)

County Starts Collecting $3 Million Judgment From Tribe (CA – Santa Ysabel Band)
North County Times (May 3, 2012) The county recently began collecting a $3 million judgment against the Santa Ysabel Casino in rural North County after the tribe failed to pay quarterly fees for safety and other services under an agreement signed in 2005.

Healy Voice Of Opposition To Casino (CA – Graton Rancheria)
Petaluma 360 (May 3, 2012) Petaluma City Councilmember Mike Healy and about a dozen other members of the Stop the Casino 101 Coalition traveled to Sacramento on Tuesday to voice their opposition to the 254-acre, Las Vegas-style casino that the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria plan to build on the outskirts of Rohnert Park.

Casino M8trix Gambles Big (CA – M8trix Cardroom)
San Jose Inside (May 3, 2012) Eric Swallow’s latest venture, Casino M8trix, is a $50-million, 16-story building alongside the freeway near San Jose’s airport, Swallow currently owns the city’s oldest card room, Garden City Casino, with partners Peter and Jeanine Lunardi.

Tribal Alliance and SB1463 Legislation Bill (CA – TASIN)
ADI News (May 4, 2012) The Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations which represents nine federally approved Indian tribes in Southern California has attacked the SB1463 legislation bill that was presented by Rod Wright, the Californian Senator.

Pechanga Plans To Bring Back Bingo Games (CA – Pechanga Band)
North County Times (May 4, 2012) Pechanga Resort & Casino is bringing back bingo as part of its 10th anniversary celebration.

Bill Would Boost Indian Reservation Health Care (CA – AB 1896)
Sacramento Bee (May 3, 2012) Health care providers will be able to practice on Indian reservations without a California medical license if a bill passed by the Assembly becomes law.

State-Level I-Gaming Brings Double Regulation Fears (US – Online Gaming)
Gambling Compliance (May 4, 2012) SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED The U.S. banking system, still grappling with its responsibilities over gambling-related payments under the 2006 UIGEA law, will be no less wary of taking on a fresh burden of identifying regulated state-level transactions, say industry experts.

Zynga And Online Gambling: Not An Option (US – Online Gaming)
Seeking Alpha (May 3, 2012) I often read articles that keep mentioning that online gambling could be the Zynga (ZNGA) salvation. It won't happen and can't happen and seems to be a marketing ploy.

Online Gambling: What a Long Strange Trip It’ll Be (US – Online Gaming)
Mashable (May 4, 2012) Gambling is coming to a social game near you. This was the unanimous opinion of everyone who attended GIGse, the Global Gaming Expo, in San Francisco last week. The big question is when?

U.N. Official, Tribal Leaders Meet On U.S. Indian Policy (OK/US – Federal-Tribal Relationship)
Tulsa World (May 4, 2012) Meeting with a United Nations investigator Thursday, tribal leaders from across Oklahoma hoped to affect a "monumental shift" in the relationship between American Indians and the federal government.

Lansing Casino Approved By Sault Ste Marie Tribe Of Chippewa Indians (MI – Off Reservation Casino)
MLive (May 3, 2012) The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians approved a plan to build a $245 million casino in downtown Lansing by a vote of approximately 3,900 to 2,300, sources close to the vote confirmed.

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Learns Some Lessons From Other States With Casinos (MA – Casino Regulation)
Mass Live (May 3, 2012) Hoping to avoid the mistakes and scandals that have marred other states with casinos, the new gaming commissioners in Massachusetts held a special public session with their counterparts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey on Thursday.

Tribal Gambling Revenue Up (AZ – Casino Revenue)
Fronteras (May 3, 2012) Arizona has seen its revenue from tribal casinos rise for the seventh consecutive quarter. Arizona reports Wednesday that tribes' payments to the state will be about $24 million for the last quarter.

AG Shuts Down Internet Gambling Cafes (MI – Internet Cafes)
Wood TV May 3, 2012) Two Grand Rapids "Internet Sweepstakes Cafes" were shut down in an agreement between the Attorney General Bill Schuette's office and the company that runs the businesses.

Opinion: Wealthy 'Casino Tribes' Politically Involved (US – Politics)
NewsOK (May 4, 2012) American Indians get many other subsidies, including federal funding assistance with casinos and hotels.