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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, April 25, 2016

“California counties fully respect tribal sovereignty. But we also want to have a seat at the table when decisions that impact counties are being made. The current system doesn't allow for a lot of local government input when decisions are being made. Counties not only lose revenue when these lands are removed from local property tax rolls, but there are often increased costs associated with the new land use.” Spokesman for the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Greg Fishman, in Pechanga.net --- “Two months ago, U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley ruled the state acted in bad faith when it failed to approve a compact with the tribe and gave the parties 60 days to come up with one. In a filing Thursday, the state and the tribe said they ‘have failed to conclude a compact’ by the April 18 deadline for Fire Mountain Casino, and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act requires a mediator be appointed when a compact is not reached within the limit.” Harold Kruger, in Appeal Democrat


California Tribes Working With Interior To Recover Native Lands (CA – Tribal Land)
Pechanga.net (April 25, 2016) San Diego County, which has more Indian tribes (18) than any U.S. county, has a standing resolution opposing tribal efforts to place “fee” lands in federal trust. Attorney General Kamala Harris has fired off more than a dozen letters to the Department of Interior and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) opposing efforts by tribes to place land in trust for fire stations, waste water treatment plants, community centers and other purposes.
Agua Caliente, Nez Perce, Yankton Become Latest Tribal Nations To Partner With Interior To Reduce Fractionation In Indian Country (CA – Tribal Land)
Native News Online (April 23, 2016) Interior Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor announced on Thursday, April 21, that the Department of the Interior has signed agreements with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation in California, Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho, and the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota to conduct the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) in their communities.
State, Enterprise Rancheria Go To Mediation Over Gaming Compact (CA – State Compacts)
Appeal Democrat (April 23, 2016) The state and the Enterprise Rancheria tribe failed to negotiate a gaming compact for the tribe's Yuba County casino, so a mediator will be appointed, according to a federal court filing in Sacramento.
Supervisors Approve Agreement With Jamul Tribe Over Casino Impacts Mitigation (CA – Tribal Casinos)
East County Magazine (April 22, 2016) The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has voted to approve a Memorandum of Understanding with the Jamul Indian Village of California.
Chumash Enterprises CEO Named Executive Of The Year (CA – Tribal Leadership)
Santa Barbara Independent (April 23, 2016) Holly Gagnon, CEO of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ Chumash Enterprises, was honored Tuesday as Executive of the Year by the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA).
California Racing Could Reap $60 Million Annually If Internet Poker Legalized (CA – Horse Racing)
Daily Racing Form (April 24, 2016) California horse racing could gain $60 million annually through legislation that would permit Internet poker and compensate racing for the loss of exclusive online gambling.
Gambling At The Track Not Paying Off For States’ Budget Problems (NY – Horse Racing)
New York Post (April 23, 2016) Elected officials in New York and New Jersey who betting that lotteries will win big and close budget shortfalls are a bunch of suckers. That’s the essence of a new report that analyzed state gambling across the nation.
NJ’s Horse Racing Industry Hopes For Change In Luck (NJ – Horse Racing)
Courier-Post (April 25, 2016) As Monmouth Park prepares to open its gates next month for a new season, New Jersey’s horse racing industry continues to deal with sagging track attendance and betting numbers as the battle for entertainment dollars goes on.
Sen. Franken Measure To Get Loans To Indian Country Garners Bipartisan Love (US – Tribal Politics)
Star Tribune (April 23, 2016) Franken pushed Republicans and Democrats to adopt a measure last week to fund a long-existing program that would enable millions of dollars in new infrastructure investments to help Indian Country get loans for electricity generation projects.
Daily Fantasy Sports: Mississippi, Tennessee Regulation On The Way (US – Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (April 24, 2016)  Two state legislatures on Tuesday passed daily fantasy sports bills that would legalize and regulate the industry, assuming the states’ respective governors sign the bills.
Tennessee And Mississippi Legislatures Pass DFS Legislation Bills (US – Fantasy Sports)
Flushdraw (April 22, 2016) Tennessee and Mississippi passed DFS legalization bills and sent them to the desks of their respective governors. Odds are, both will be signed and will become law.
Lawmakers Looking To Tax, Regulate Fantasy Sports In Illinois (IL – Fantasy Sports)
Chicago Tribune (April 20, 2016) State lawmakers on Wednesday took the first step toward regulating online sports betting. Under legislation advanced by a House committee, fantasy sports would be legalized and taxed, with oversight falling to the Illinois Gaming Board.
Feds Deciding If Coal-Export Project Violates Tribal Rights (DC – Environmental Action)
The News & Observer (April 24, 2016) For centuries, Lummi tribal fishermen have harvested, dug up clams and fished for salmon in the tidelands and waters of northwest Washington state. Now, the tribe says a proposed $700 million project to build the nation's largest coal-export terminal threatens that way of life.
McCain Wants Criminal Charges Against EPA Officials Involved In Toxic Spill (AZ – Environmental Action)
American Thinker Blog (April 24, 2016) Senator John McCain wants to charge EPA officials with a crime for their actions that led to the disastrous release of toxic wastewater from the Gold King Mine last year. The spill polluted 3 rivers and severely affected the lives and livelihood of several Indian tribes.