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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, June 4, 2012

Several generations of my people have waited for this day to come. I am honored to stand in a long line of leaders who have worked hard to regain our land. And I am overwhelmed with joy as I tell our people we have come much closer to our promised land.” Yvonne Miller, Ione Band of Miwoks Chairperson (Ledger Dispatch)

Tribe Holds Public Hearing On Rincon Casino Expansion (CA – Rincon Band)
North County Times (June 1, 2012) A meeting on the proposed Harrah's Rincon Casino expansion in Valley Center on Wednesday attracted about 20 area residents who had questions about the project's traffic and environmental effects on the community.

New BIA Decision Sparks Plymouth Casino Battle Anew (CA – Ione Band)
Ledger Dispatch (June 1, 2012) REGISTRATION REQUIRED A ruling from the federal governmental about a different proposed casino — this one near Plymouth — has tribal members cheering and anti-casino groups vowing to fight on.

BIA Trust For Ione Miwok Casino Based On Restoring Tribal Land (CA – Ione Band)
TSPN (June 1, 2012) he Department of the Interior announced last week two rulings for California tribes seeking casino trust lands, including the affirmative decision for the Ione Band of Miwok Indians’ pursuit of a casino land trust in Plymouth.

Open Letter Asks Obama to Meet Tribal Leaders on Ocotillo Wind Project (CA – Ocotillo Wind Project)
Indian Country Today (June 3, 2012) An anonymous blogger has posted an open letter to President Barack Obama on Indigenous Reflections, asking him to meet with tribal leaders in southern California to talk about a massive wind energy project proposed on sacred tribal land.

Protect the Winnemem Wintu Tribe's Cultural Survival (CA – Winnemem Wintu)
SF Indy Bay Media (June 3, 2012) The survival of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe is at stake. Read my Freedom of Information Act request below to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for all treaties the U.S. government has entered into with the Winnemem Wintu, also attached as a PDF to this post.

Court Orders Forest Service To Regulate Gold Mining In Salmon Streams (CA/OR – Karuk Tribe)
Oregon Public Broadcasting (June 1, 2012) The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the Forest Service must strengthen its regulation of suction dredge gold mining and other small-scale mining operations in salmon streams throughout the western United States.

Changes In Illinois And More Movement In California (CA/IL – Online Gaming)
Bluff Magazine (June 1, 2012) Another slow week in the long march toward Internet gambling legalization.

Social Gambling Sites an Unstable Investment? (US – Online Gaming)
Black Jack Champ (June 3, 2012) According to social gambling report taking a look at Zynga, there is much downside potential.

Federal Review Begins Of Tribe Land Application (MA – Off Reservation Gaming)
Cape Cod Times (June 1, 2012) The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe took two significant steps Thursday toward securing federal rights to open an Indian casino in Taunton.

City Council Approves Agreement With Tribe (MA – Off Reservation Gaming)
MyFoxBoston (June 4, 2012) The city of Taunton is one step closer to bringing a casino to its community.

Tribe Asks Regulatory Agency To Reconsider Casino (OK – Off Reservation Gaming)
Bloomberg Businessweek (June 1, 2012) A small Oklahoma Indian tribe is asking a regulatory agency to reverse a ruling banning it from building a casino in a Tulsa suburb, even as the tribe also asks a federal judge to permit a sports bar and restaurant on the property instead.

Sources: Canterbury, Tribe Cut Deal That Kills Push For Racino (MN – Gambling Deal)
Star Tribune (June 4, 2012) The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux will contribute tens of millions of dollars to Canterbury purses, in return for track officials dropping efforts to get legislative approval for slot machines at the racetrack.

Illinois Casino OK Still Must Face Governor (IL – Casino Expansion)
Las Vegas Review Journal (June 2, 2012) Illinois lawmakers have approved a major expansion of legalized gambling for the second year in a row.

Cuomo: Looks Like Queens is Not Getting Another Casino After All (NY – Casino Expansion)
The Village Voice (June 2, 2012) Looks like the Governor is facing yet another monetary failure. Except, with this one, it looks like he's all in.

Rocky Rollout To Era Of Mass Casino Gambling (MA – Casino Expansion))
Boston Globe (June 3, 2012) Once the Legislature finally approved Las Vegas-style gambling last November, after years of debate and near misses, many believed the hard part was over - and that the promise of thousands of jobs and millions in new state revenue would soon be realized.