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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, June 21, 2012

"In the past, the Department of the Interior was obligated to accept letters of comment on a proposal, but didn't have to read or even consider them. Now we potentially have a level playing field." Cheryl Schmit, director of Stand Up For California! on Supreme Court ruling and Enterprise Rancheria (Appeal Democrat)

Lawmakers Move To Allow Sports Betting In California (CA- Sports Betting)
VCStar (June 20, 2012) Betting that either Congress or the U.S. Supreme Court will remove the federal obstacle that bars the activity nearly everywhere except in Nevada, the Legislature is moving toward positioning California to allow betting on sports events.

Rohnert Park Casino Blasts County For Being 'Misleading' (CA- Graton Rancheria)
The Press Democrat (June 20, 2012) Relations between Sonoma County officials and an Indian tribe that has started work on a casino outside Rohnert Park appear to have deteriorated markedly as the two sides approach negotiations about how the tribe will alleviate the project's impacts.

Pechanga Requests Prayers To Protect Ancestral Landscape (CA- Pechanga Band)
Indian Country Today (June 20, 2012) Over the past year, the tribe has ardently worked to defend its original lands from Granite Construction’s proposed Liberty Quarry—an open-pit mine that would stretch 414 acres.

Supreme Court Ruling Big For Yuba County Casino (CA- Enterprise Rancheria)
Appeal-Democrat (June 21,2012) A U.S. Supreme Court decision on tribal casinos this week could present another challenge to the Enterprise Rancheria project, both proponents and opponents said.

Supreme Court Ruling Could Impact Jamul Indians' Casino Plans (CA – Jamul Indian Village)
East County Magazine (June 19, 2012) The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 8 to 1 that a lawsuit seeking to shut down a Michigan casino can go forward.

City, Card Room Trade Charges (CA – Napa Valley Casino)
American Canyon Eagle (June 21, 2012) Napa Valley Casino owners again this week tried to block prosecution by the city of American Canyon for failure to pay the $2-per-visitor card room admission tax imposed by the city’s voters in 2010.

Senator Pulls Bill On Tribal Annexations (CA- Santa Ynez Band)
Santa Ynez Valley News (June 21, 2012) A bill in the California Legislature meant to silence state agencies from opposing Indian tribes’ attempts to add private property to their reservations has been shelved, at least temporarily.

Jeff L. Grubbe New Agua Caliente Chairman (CA- Agua Caliente)
KMIR (June 20, 2012) Chairman Grubbe is the first newly elected Chairman of the Tribal Council since Chairman Richard M. Milanovich passed away earlier this year, on March 11. Chairman Milanovich had served on the Tribal Council since 1978, and had been Chairman for 28 years.

Casino Giant IGT Goes Social, Launches Vegas Slot Machine (US - Online Gambling)

GeekWire (June 20, 2012) International Game Technologies — which purchased Seattle social game maker Double Down Interactive for up to $500 million in January — is bringing its popular Da Vinci Diamonds slot machine to Facebook.

Online Gambling Bill Headed For Del. Senate Vote (DE – Online Gaming)
CBS Money Watch (June 21, 2012) A bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling is heading to a Senate vote.

Owners Of Station Casinos Venture To Online Poker (NV- Online Gaming)
WSLS10 (June 20, 2012) The owners of the Station Casinos chain in Las Vegas are launching a free Internet game site as they look toward the legalization of online gambling.

Panel Opposes Kialegee Tribe’s Adoption Try, Nixes Proposal For Gaming Jurisdiction (OK – Off Reservation Casino)
Tulsa World (June 21, 2012) The Kialegee Tribal Town’s adoption of two Creek women does not give the tribe jurisdiction on the women’s Creek Nation-allotted land in Broken Arrow, according to a letter from the National Indian Gaming Commission.

Land-In-Trust Could Prove Issue In Mashpee Shot At Taunton Casino (MA – Off Reservation Casino)
Wicked Local Avon (June 20, 2012) The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has not yet determined what criteria it will use to make a decision that could have a major impact on the casino landscape in southeastern Massachusetts.

HR 1505 Passes; Tribal Borders And Treaties Await Senate (US- Tribal Sovereignty)

Indian Country Today (June 20, 2012) On Tuesday, June 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a broad land use bill called H.R. 2578 — “To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act related to a segment of the Lower Merced River in California, and for other purposes,” also known as the Conservation and Economic Growth Act.

Michigan Casino Proposal To Likely Make November Ballot; See How Communities May Be Affected (MI – Casino Expansion)
MLive (June 20, 2012) A coalition hoping to add eight casinos in Michigan believes it has enough signatures to get its proposal on the November ballot.