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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, April 22, 2016

“Through our nation-to-nation engagement with tribal governments, we are fulfilling the Obama administration's steadfast commitment to strengthening tribal sovereignty.” Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor said in a statement this week about the federal land buy-back program, in The Desert Sun --- “I strongly believe states should be allowed to enact their own marijuana laws, and have consistently supported attempts to ensure federal laws do not interfere with them. I’m also an ardent supporter of tribal sovereignty, which is why I introduced this bill forbidding the federal government from considering marijuana production, possession, or sale as an adverse factor when disbursing federal funds.” U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., announced Wednesday he plans to introduce a bill prohibiting the federal government from denying federal dollars to a tribe because of their marijuana policy, in The Daily Cardinal --- “The Court finds that with the creation of this Trust, governed by community leaders with relevant expertise, the process for distributing those funds will be fair, reasonable, and adequate.” U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan approved the creation of what is expected to become the largest U.S. philanthropy serving Native American farmers and ranchers, in The Washington Post

 


California Online Poker Bill Gets Last Minute Amendment Ahead Of Hearing Next Week (CA – Internet Poker)
Online Poker Report (April 21, 2016) Just a week before a scheduled hearing in front of the California Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, Chairman Adam Gray’s online poker bill, AB 2863, received a small but significant tweaking.
Settlement Could Restore Land To Agua Caliente, Cabazon (CA – Tribal Land)
The Desert Sun (April 21, 2016) The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians have both signed deals that will allow some reservation land to pass from individuals to tribal governments.
Elem Pomos Challenge Tribal Membership Loss (CA – Tribal Disenrollment)
Record-Bee (April 20, 2016) According to Jessica Brown, her family represent some of the Elem Indian Colony Pomo tribal members who have received notices of disenrollment in the mail. “We are being told we are no longer in the tribe,” Jessica Brown said.
Umpqua Bank Defeats Claims It Aided Embezzlement Of Tribal Funds (CA – Court Cases)
Reuters (April 21, 2016) A federal judge in Sacramento has dismissed claims that Oregon-based Umpqua Bank helped former leaders of California's Paskenta tribe allegedly embezzle tens of millions of dollars from a tribal bank account.
Native American Tribes Weigh In On Legalizing Medical And Recreational Marijuana (OK – Tribal Enterprise)
OU Daily (April 20, 2016) In October 2014, Department of Justice director Monty Wilkinson released a three-page memo regarding policies surrounding the Controlled Substances Act as it relates to Native American tribes.
Pocan Introduces Bill To Liberalize Tribal Marijuana (WI – Tribal Enterprise)
The daily Cardinal (April 21, 2016) U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., announced Wednesday he plans to introduce a bill prohibiting the federal government from denying federal dollars to a tribe because of their marijuana policy.
Judge Approves $380 Million Change To Landmark 2010 Native American Farm Suit (DC – Court Cases)
The Washington Post (April 21, 2016) A federal judge on Wednesday approved the creation of what is expected to become the largest U.S. philanthropy serving Native American farmers and ranchers, redistributing $380 million left unclaimed in a landmark 2010 civil rights settlement in which the U.S. government agreed to pay for years of official discrimination.
Cherokee Chief Lauds Treasury's Decision To Remove Andrew Jackson From $20 Bill (OK – Tribal Images)
Tulsa World (April 20, 2016) Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker on Wednesday lauded the U.S. Treasury's decision to replace President Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, saying Jackson's legacy "was never one to be celebrated, and his image on our currency is a constant reminder of his crimes against Natives."
Judge Allows Tribe To Run Pokertribe.Com (OK – Internet Poker)
World Casino News (April 21, 2016) The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma has received judicial approval to launch and run PokerTribe.com, an International gambling website. Judge David L Russell commented that there weren’t any “issues of material fact” that affected the final decision in tribe’s favor.
The Coquille Indian Tribe Is Calling For A State Lottery Campaign To Be Changed, Calling It Insensitive To Indigenous People (OR – Tribal Images)
Daily Journal (April 21, 2016) Coquille chairwoman Brenda Meade sent a letter to Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts Wednesday calling for the end of a "Lewis and Clark" advertising campaign, which depicts Lewis and Clark discovering "native" lottery terminals.
Wells Fargo Executive Named To Nevada Gaming Commission (NV – Gaming Commission)
Las Vegas Review-Journal (April 21, 2016) Gov. Brian Sandoval has appointed a Wells Fargo executive to fill a vacancy on the Nevada Gaming Commission. Sandoval announced Thursday that Debbie Fuetsch will take the seat previously held by Michonne Ascuaga, who resigned in February.
Illinois Considers Plan To Tax Sports Fantasy Websites (IL – Fantasy Sports)
WLS-AM 890 (April 21, 2016) Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill that would legalize and tax online Fantasy Sports betting.