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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, March 11, 2016

“We have a community that would like to grow to support our local businesses. We'd like to see a high school. We'd like to see better parks. Without growth, you can't support this. You have to provide somewhat affordable housing for folks to move out to these areas. That's how you get coaches for Little League.” Travis Lyon, chair of the Alpine Community Planning Group and commercial real estate broker said in support of a proposal that would allow urban and higher-density development in San Diego County’s Cleveland National Forest, in Lost Angeles Times --- “Collectively over the past 20-years we brought over 7-billion directly to the state of Connecticut via the participation of the slot machines, but if you add in all the economic impact of the jobs and the sales tax, were well north of 10-billion dollars.” Tribal Chairman Rodney Butler of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, which runs Foxwoods Casinos in Mashantucket, Connecticut, told state committee members, arguing in favor of a gaming expansion, in WWLP


Hospice Services Sells Former Bank Building To Habematolel Pomo Tribe (CA – Tribal Business)
Lake County News (March 10, 2016) The Habematolel Pomo tribe has purchased the former Westamerica Bank building in downtown Upper Lake. Westamerica Bank closed the Upper Lake branch Oct. 16, donating it to Hospice Services of Lake County four days later, as Lake County News has reported.
Opinion: An Open Letter On Chumash Tribal Issues (CA – Tribal Land)
Noozhawk Santa Barbara (March 10, 2016) Contrary to statements made in the media, the Santa Barbara County Ad-Hoc Subcommittee did not break off negotiations with representatives from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians at the March 3 meeting.
Landowners And Conservationists Clash Over Plan For More Development In Cleveland National Forest (CA – Tribal Politics)
Los Angeles Times (March 10, 2016) A battle that has broken out over development in the Cleveland National Forest could have long-term implications. San Diego County is proposing to allow more development on thousands of acres of privately held lands within the nationally protected forest, a plan that pits landowners and a local tribe against conservationists.
Local STEM Programs Get Boost From San Manuel Tribe Donation (CA – Tribal Relations)
The Press Enterprise (March 10, 2016) The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has donated $200,000 for programs benefiting San Bernardino County schools, officials said Wednesday, March 9.
Florida, Seminoles Seek Blackjack Trial Delay; Hard Rock Tampa's VIP Slots Room (FL – Court Cases)
CalvinAyre.com (March 9, 2016) Florida’s state government and the Seminole Tribe have asked a federal court to delay a trial over the tribe’s ability to offer blackjack at its casinos.
Connecticut Tribes Testify About 3rd Casino In State (CT – Tribal Gaming)
WWLP.com (March 10, 2016) Representatives from three tribes and MGM all attended today’s Commerce Committee hearing, arguing for gaming expansion in Connecticut.
Tribal Leaders Say Further Gambling Study Not Needed (CT – Tribal Gaming)
Hartford Courant (Match 10, 2016) Leaders of the two Indian tribes who want to develop a third state casino warned legislative leadersThursday that a Springfield casino "will strike a devastating blow" to the Connecticut economy.
PokerStars New Jersey Site To Soft-Launch March 16 With NetEnt Casino Titles (NJ – Internet Poker)
CalvinAyre.com (March 10, 2016) PokerStars‘ New Jersey online gambling site plans a soft-launch next Wednesday ahead of its scheduled official launch on March 21.
Atlantic City Takeover Plan Moves Forward Despite Uproar (NJ – Casino Legislation)
NJ.com (March 10, 2016) A controversial bill that would allow the state to take sweeping control of financially struggling Atlantic City cleared its first legislative hurdle Thursday at a tense Statehouse hearing that featured fierce opposition from local leaders.
Protesters Have Disrupted A New Jersey Senate Hearing On The Proposed State Takeover Of Atlantic City But Failed To Prevent The Proposal From Moving Closer To Approval (NJ – Casino Legislation)
Daily Reporter (March 10, 2016) Protesters disrupted a state Senate hearing Thursday on the proposed state takeover of struggling Atlantic City but failed to prevent the proposal from moving closer to approval.
Burns Paiute Make First Visit After Armed Takeover Of Malheur Refuge (OR – Tribal Land)
Indian Country Today Media Network (March 10, 2016) On Monday, February 29, nearly two months after armed militants took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the Burns Paiute Tribe was finally allowed to visit it.
Tribes Oppose Effort To Stop Bears Ears National Monument In Utah (UT – Tribal Land)
Indianz.com (March 10, 2016) Tribal leaders are speaking out against an attempt to prevent President Barack Obama from establishing the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.
Moapa Band Clears Hurdle For Another Solar Project On Reservation (NV – Solar Projects)
Indianz.com (March 10, 2016) The Obama administration is set to approve another solar energy project for the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians in Nevada.