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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, March 4, 2016

“This project was ill-conceived from the start and failed to adequately take into account the input of the Karuk tribe which has managed these forests since the beginning of time. We will not allow the forest service to further degrade our fisheries, water quality, or sacred sites while ignoring our call for community fire protection.” Karuk Chairman Russell “Buster” Attebery said of Karuk’s suit filed in federal court challenging a massive post-fire logging plan in Klamath National Forest that will increase fire danger, degrade water quality, and harm at-risk salmon populations, in Native News Online --- “My responsibility was to work to get a Compact done. My team put together a very good Compact for the citizens of our state. It’s up to the Legislature to make their decision on what they want to do. According to the Seminoles, if the Compact is not passed, 3,700 people are going to lose their jobs.” Florida Governor Rick Scott said of the state’s Compact with the Seminole Tribe, in Florida Politics
Karuk Tribe & Conservationists File Suit To Protect Wild Salmon, Rural River Communities (CA – Court Cases)
Native News Online (March 4, 2016) On Thursday, March 3, 2016, the Karuk Tribe, along with the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center (KS Wild), Center for Biological Diversity, and Klamath Riverkeeper, filed suit in federal court challenging a massive post-fire logging plan in Klamath National Forest that will increase fire danger, degrade water quality, and harm at-risk salmon populations.
Santa Barbara County Rejects Federal Trust Of Chumash's Mooney-Escobar Properties (CA – Tribal Land)
Pechanga.net (March 3, 2016) Santa Ynez Band of Chumash were informed that the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted on March 1, 2016 to oppose the taking of the tribe’s 2.13 acres of land into federal trust.  These parcels are often referred to as Mooney-Escobar.
California Starts 2016 With New Online Poker Bill (CA – Internet Poker)
Casino News Daily (March 3, 2016) Although California is not likely to see online poker legalized within the state’s borders any time soon, it could be said that legislators and interested parties there are currently trying to achieve this harder than anywhere else around the nation.
CA Indian Casinos Report Rising Revenues, With Largest Sites Flourishing (CA – Tribal Gaming)
The Press Democrat (March 3, 2016) California tribal casinos continue on a roll, with a fourth straight year of gains, although a report released this week shows they have yet to reach their record revenue level prior to the recession, suggesting a still-challenging economy for a dozen smaller casinos on the North Coast.
Retail Center Proposed For South Redding Freeway Interchange (CA – Tribal Land)
Record Searchlight (March 2, 2016) The same busy corner that three years ago In-N-Out Burger looked at to open a second Redding location is now being considered for small retail center that could include a Starbucks and a gas station.
Indian Casinos Narrow Gap Between Tribal, Commercial Casinos (NV – Casino Revenue)
Las Vegas Review-Journal (March 3, 2016) U.S. Indian casinos recorded their fifth straight annual gaming revenue increase in 2014 and further closed the gap that separates the tribal market from the commercial casino industry.
Rick Scott Says Legislative Inaction On Seminole Compact Will Cost Jobs (FL – State Compacts)
Florida Politics (March 3, 2016) If lawmakers fail to act on the Seminole Compact, the Tribe will pursue its own nuclear option, laying off 3,700 workers statewide at its casinos, Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday.
Indian Tribe Planning Casino Completes $500K School Land Purchase (MI – Tribal Land)
Michigan Live (March 3, 2016) The Indian tribe planning a casino in Muskegon County has completed its $500,000 purchase of 120 acres of land owned by Fruitport Community Schools.
Mississippi Senate Committee Passes Bill To Legalize Fantasy Sports Betting (MI – Fantasy Sports)
WDAM (March 3, 2016) A senate committee has passed a bill that would make fantasy sports betting legal in Mississippi. Senator Sean Tindell, R-Gulfport, penned Senate Bill 2541.
Taking A Gamble On Fantasy Sports: What Next For DraftKings? (US – Fantasy Sports)
Sports Pro Media (March 3, 2016) In late 2015, scandal hit the daily fantasy sports gaming industry, leaving its two biggest players, DraftKings and FanDuel, on choppy waters.
Online Fantasy Sports Contests Could Be Legalized In Illinois (IL – Fantasy Sports)
Daily Journal (March 2, 2016) A state lawmaker says his bill to formally legalize online sports fantasy contests would protect as many 2 million Illinoisans who play, as well as small businesses that offer the games or related services.
U.S. Restores Millions Of Acres To Native Americans (US – Tribal Land)
Albuquerque Journal (March 2, 2016) One of the greatest successes of President Obama in Indian country is his concerted efforts to restore lands to the tribal nations who have lost so much. To date, the Obama Administration has restored nearly 2 million acres to tribal ownership in a variety of different ways.
Heinrich Statement on Adding Gold King Mine Spill Site To Superfund National Priorities List (DC – Environmental Action)
Native News Online (March 2, 2016) U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, issued the following statement in support of adding the site of the Gold King Mine spill that polluted the Four Corners region last summer to the Superfund National Priorities List.