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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, May 21, 2012

“The tribe definitely wants to regain their ancestral territory while at the same time preserving the nature of the ranch’s intended purpose.” Doug Elmets, Pala Band spokesman on purchasing the Warner Springs Ranch (San Diego Union Tribune)

Shuttered Resort Tangled In Lawsuits, Hard Feelings (CA – Pala Band)
San Diego Union Tribune (May 20, 2012) It has been four months since the iconic Warner Springs Ranch shut down. A sale of the 2,500-acre resort to the Pala Band of Mission Indians is now off the table. The tribe still wants to buy the resort, but the $20.5 million offered three years ago is a dead deal.

Opinion: Quarry Foes Need To Stay Vigilant (CA – Liberty Quarry)
North County Times (May 20, 2012) I haven't written a column regarding the proposed Liberty quarry for years, as I thought Paul Jacobs, then Phil Strickland did a masterful job of stating the facts.

Alaska Congressmember Not Proposing Chumash Legislation (CA – Santa Ynez Band)
Santa Barbara Independent (May 21, 2012) Alaska Representative Don Young — who had a conversation in recent months with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians about Camp 4 — will not be the one to introduce such legislation, his spokesperson said in an email Thursday.

Native American Skulls Repatriated To California From England (CA – Salinan Tribe)
Los Angeles Times (May 20, 2012) How seven skulls from a California tribe got to the University of Birmingham is unclear. But their return appears to be the first event of its kind in the state.

Tribe Seeks Injunction To Halt California Ocotillo Wind Project (CA – Ocotillo Wind Project)
Recharge News (May 19, 2012) The Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation has filed a lawsuit in a US federal court seeking a permanent injunction against construction of the 315MW Ocotillo Wind Express Facility (OWEF) in southern California.

Silence Of The Lambs: U.S. Government Authorizes Killing Of Endangered Bighorns In Path Of Wind Project (CA – Ocotillo Wind Project)
East County Magazine (May 19, 2012) In a precedent that has horrified wildlife experts, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has authorized the “take” (meaning harassment, displacement or even death) of 10 endangered Peninsular Bighorn Sheep – five ewes and five lambs. 

Obama Administration Weighs In On Online Poker Regulation (US – Online Gaming)

Gambling Compliance (May 21, 2012) SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED For the second time in six months, the Obama administration has signaled that it is up to states to decide whether to permit certain forms of Internet gambling within their borders.

Showdown Looms For Delaware I-Gaming Bill (DE – Online Gaming)
Gambling Compliance (May 21, 2012) SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED Delaware lawmakers will vote next month on whether to make the tiny Mid-Atlantic state a pioneer for online gambling in the U.S., but the proposal, despite some initial support, may face a battle ahead, supporters acknowledge.

Broken Arrow Casino Opponents Rejoice At Court Ruling (OK – Off Reservation Casino)
News On 6 (May 18, 2012) A federal judge has ordered construction to stop on the controversial Red Clay Casino in Broken Arrow.

Minnesota Is Taking The Lead On E-Gambling (MN – Gambling Expansion/Vikings Stadium)
Star Tribune (May 21, 2012) The Vikings stadium deal is unleashing the biggest expansion of Minnesota charitable gambling in 25 years while ushering in electronic gaming on a scale not seen anywhere else in the country.

Silver Legacy The Latest Gaming Property To Seek A Fresh Financial Start (NV – Silver Legacy)
Reno Gazette Journal (May 19, 2012) By opting for bankruptcy, the owners of the Silver Legacy Resort Casino join other gaming-industry properties that have sought haven from creditors while they reorganize their debts.

California Gaming Regulator: Nevada Online Poker Industry 'Heavily Dependent on Prayer' (NV – Gambling Regulation)
Card Player (May 18, 2012) One of California’s top gaming regulators said Friday that the success of Nevada’s upcoming intrastate online poker industry is “heavily dependent on prayer.”

U.S. Northeast: Casino Glut Coming (US – Casino Expansion)
Global Economic Intersection (May 21, 2012) Where can these governments find more revenues?  The Massachusetts and New York governors have hit on the solution: gambling casinos.

Ohio To Release Major Study On Gambling (OH – Gambling Study)
Akron Beacon Journal (May 19, 2012) Ohio will release a major study next month that highlights the habits and attitudes of residents toward gambling.

Arizona Tribes Talk Significance Of Solar Eclipse (US – Solar Eclipse)
Associated Press (May 20, 2012) Many American Indian tribes view the sun and moon as cultural deities but the beliefs among northern Arizona's tribes and individual members don't all signal a need to stay clear of the ring eclipse, or annular solar eclipse, that hasn't been seen in the U.S. since 1994.