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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, March 19, 2012

“The lands themselves are the traditional use area of the tribe and have cultural and natural resource value.” Tom Davis, chief planning and development officer for Ague Caliente Band (My Desert)

Jamul Indians Float New Casino Plan (CA – Jamul Indian Village)
San Diego Union Tribune (March 19, 2012) Taking a fresh run at a sensitive issue, the Jamul Indians have unveiled retooled plans for a casino that would include a three-story gaming hall and a 10-level parking garage.

Casino M8trix Plans April Opening At New Site (CA – Garden City Casino)
Mercury News (March 18, 2012) Garden City Casino owner Eric Swallow is downright giddy as he welcomes visitors to the cavernous main floor of his newly built, $50 million gaming hall near the airport, where he plans to move and rebrand his aging card room next month as Casino M8trix.

Hikers Fear Land Swap Could Be End To Popular Palm Springs Trails (CA – Agua Caliente Band)
My Desert (March 18, 2012) When the U.S. Bureau of Land Management released a 2010 report on a proposed land swap between the agency and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, both sides thought it was a done deal.

Families Expelled From Pala Tribe Sue Feds (CA – Pala Band)
North County Times (March 17, 2012) The lawsuit is asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs to step in and restore the former Pala members' benefits, including the estimated $150,000 a year in casino revenues that go to each member; health insurance coverage; and their ability to participate in tribal government.

Pala Tribe Roiled By Bloodline Dispute (CA – Pala Band)
Los Angeles Times (March 18, 2012) Reclassification of a Pala ancestor led to the disenrollment of scores of her descendants, cutting them off from their share of the tribe's profits and other perks.

Red Hawk Business Improves (CA – Shingle Springs Band)
Sacramento Bee (march 17, 2012) The company that manages Red Hawk Casino in Shingle Springs reported Friday that its performance is improving, despite the bumpy economy.

Online Poker In California Key To Liquidity (CA – Online Gaming)
Poker News Report (March 19, 2012) With the chances of online poker legislation at the federal level apparently not happening anytime soon, and Nevada on schedule to be up and running sometime in the fall of this year, an eventual interstate online poker format depends heavily on California joining the coterie with legalized internet poker.

State Takes Close Look At Video Gambling (GA – Online Gaming)
Atlanta Journal Constitution (March 18, 2012) Georgia Lottery officials in recent months have quietly explored how to roll out video gambling in the state if the idea ever gains political backing, documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show.

N.J. Pursues More Options For Gamblers (NJ – Online Gaming)
North Jersey (March 18, 2012) Lawmakers are considering the largest expansion of gambling in New Jersey since the 1970s, with Internet gaming, sports betting, online lottery sales and barroom horse wagering all possible before the end of the year.

Environmental Statement Pushes Spokane Tribe's Proposed Casino Forward (WA – Off Reservation Casino)
The Republic (March 17, 2012) A big casino that the Spokane Tribe of Indians is proposing has cleared a major regulatory hurdle, but the project is drawing bitter opposition from a rival tribe and from some area business and political leaders.

Poll: Michiganders Worry About Casino Expansion (MI – Off Reservation Casino)
Detroit Free Press (March 19, 2012) A new poll out today finds Michigan voters have significant concerns about proposals to expand privately owned commercial casinos or allow the state’s Indian tribes to build new off-reservation gambling facilities.

Broken Arrow Neighbors React To City's Latest Casino Decision (OK – Off Reservation Casino)
Fox 23 (March 18, 2012) Many residents of Broken Arrow are pleased with the city’s latest decision about the Red Clay Casino project.  

Gambler Losses Steady As State Casino Revenues Drop (IL – Casino Economy)
Daily Herald (March 16, 2012) While casinos across the state find themselves battling dwindling revenue and attendance, the amount the average gambler drops during a visit to suburban casinos hasn't changed much in recent years.

Are Cafes Criminal? (OH – Internet Cafes)
Tribune Chronicle (March 18, 2012) When Robert Dabish's criminal gambling case goes forward in Warren Municipal Court, likely sometime in May, he and six others accused of running three illegal Internet cafes will set local criminal precedent in a new and constantly changing issue that already has caused a flurry of litigation around the state.

Depopulation in Indian Country, 21st Century Style (US – Disenrollment)
Indian Country Today (March 19, 2012) A strange thing is happening in and across Indian country: the number of federally recognized tribal nations continues to increase while the population figures for existing federally recognized native peoples continues to decline because of the ongoing number of disenrollments of tribal members.