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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, March 20, 2012

“Without listening to us, without recording what we have to say, without putting those in the environmental impact study, the archeological study, they’re not understanding where we’re coming from…. It’s a great thing in our fight against fossil fuels that’s making our Mother Earth very ill. But we are against any kind of industrial project that does not take into consideration our cultural resources.” Anthony Pico, chairman of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians on Ocotillo Wind Project (KPBS)

Tribes Fight Green Energy Wind Project In Desert (CA – Ocotillo Wind Project)
KPBS (March 19, 2012) Several Native American tribes in the Southwest are fighting a large wind farm planned near the town of Ocotillo, in Imperial County, CA. The tribes say there are more than 400 archeological sites on the land where the turbines would be located.

Officials: Clock Is Ticking On Illegal Homeless Camp (CA – Agua Caliente Band)
My Desert (March 19, 2012) A permanent chain-link fence will be built behind an Indio convenience store to keep the homeless from congregating on a dusty piece of tribal land, a Bureau of Indian Affairs official said Monday.

American Indian Studies Professors Blast Palomar College Over Sacred Site (CA – Fallbrook Sacred Site)
North County Times (March 19, 2012) Palomar College did not consult with its own American Indian studies professors last month as protests broke out at a college construction site in Fallbrook ---- on land considered sacred by tribes across San Diego and Riverside counties ---- according to a scathing letter released last week by the college's American Indian studies department.

Public Invited To Pay Respects To Richard Milanovich Today (CA – Richard Milanovich)
My Desert (March 19, 2012) Gov. Jerry Brown announced he will speak at the memorial service for Richard M. Milanovich, Chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Tribal Council, at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Wednesday.

Silver Legacy's Financial Woes Highlight Indian Casinos' Effects (CA/NV – Casino Economy)
Sacramento Bee (March 20, 2012) One of Reno's splashiest resorts is fighting to stave off financial disaster as Northern California Indian casinos continue to grab market share.

Opinion: Online Gaming Likely To Grow Slowly, Prosper (NV – Online Gaming)
Las Vegas Business Press (march 19, 2012) Online or "interactive" gaming is coming to Nevada, likely in weeks, not months.

Clock Expires for Online Poker in Hawaii (HI – Online Gaming)
Card Player (March 19, 2012) Hawaii, one of only two states in the country without legalized gambling of any kind, has had its latest efforts to create such an industry drift away in the legislature.

Online Lottery Sales, Meant To Draw In Younger Gamblers, Draw Opposition (ME – Online Lottery)
Bangor Daily News (March 19, 2012) Legislation allowing the Maine State Lottery to sell tickets on the Internet drew strong opposition from the network of stores of all sizes that get a commission from the state to sell the tickets.

Lansing City Council Approves $245 Million Casino (MI – Off Reservation Casino)
MLive (March 20, 2012) The Lansing City Council approved plans for a $245 million tribally-owned and operated casino attached to the city's convention center downtown.

Lansing Casino Plan Goes To Tribal Vote Next Month (MI – Off Reservation Casino)
Lansing State Journal (March 20, 2012) Members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will receive ballots next month to decide the fate of a proposed tribal casino in downtown Lansing.

City Council Resolution Opposes New Spokane Tribe Casino (WA – Off Reservation Casino)
KREM (March 19, 2012) A new Spokane City Council resolution expresses strong opposition to the building of a casino near Airway Heights by the Spokane Tribe.

Tribe To Pitch Casino To Fall River Council (MA – Off Reservation Casino)
Providence Journal (March 19, 2012) The City Council in Fall River is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to consider the request of Wampanoag Aquinnah Tribe to put a referendum on the ballot asking voters to approve a resort casino proposed by the native American tribe.

Minn. Senate Committee Kills Racetrack Casino Plan (MN – Racino Expansion)
Minnesota public Radio (March 19, 2012) A bill to legalize slot machines at Minnesota's two horse tracks failed in a Senate committee this Monday afternoon.