Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
Governor signs Indian slot deals
July 11, 2007 Sacramento Bee
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation Tuesday that will allow four of California's richest casino gambling tribes to add up to 17,000 slot machines.
The governor also signed a bill to allow one of the state's poorest tribes, the Yuroks in far Northern California, to open a casino with 99 slot machines near Highway 101.
State lawmakers on June 28 approved the gambling accords the governor negotiated with the Yurok and four Southern California tribes: the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.
Schwarzenegger has said the Southern California casino deals could generate $13.4 billion to $22.4 billion in tribal revenue-sharing payments to the state over 25 years.
Protesting a lack of worker protections in the agreements, a hotel, casino and hospitality workers union, UNITE-HERE, is threatening to gather signatures for a voter initiative to block the major tribes' casino expansions.
-- Peter Hecht, Bee Capitol Bureau
Page Updated: Thursday May 07, 2009 09:14 AM Pacific
Copyright © klamathbasincrisis.org, 2007, All Rights Reserved