California Governor, Gavin Newsom, announced that he has signed tribal-state gaming compacts between the State of California and groups of native-Americans.

Tribal-State Compacts are declared necessary for any Class III gaming on reservations under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 (IGRA). They were designed to allow tribal and state governments to come to a “business” agreement.

California State has individually-negotiated new contracts with the Ione Band of Miwok Indians, the Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians, and the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians.

Also included are the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, and the Tule River Indian Tribe of California.

The news release from the Governor’s Office said:

“The new compacts reflects the Governor’s and the Tribes’ mutual commitment to a strong and respectful government-to-government relationship, and to promoting tribal economic development and self-sufficiency and strong tribal government.”

It added:

“The compacts’ terms respect the parties’ interest in improving the quality of life of tribal members through a framework that generates revenue for governmental programs, while also fairly regulating the gaming activities; affording meaningful patron and employee protections; and mitigating the off-reservation impacts of the gaming facility.”

Relocating A Casino

Gavin Newsom

Governor Newsom also concurred with the Department of the Interior’s decision to allow 40 acres in Tulare County to be placed in trust for the Tule River Indian Tribe of California.

This is for the purpose of relocating the Tribe’s casino.

The Governor wrote a letter to Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, Tara Sweeney, concurring with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision.

In his letter Newsom said:

“I have concluded that a concurrence with the Secretarial determination is appropriate.”

He also cited this reasons for concurring, saying:

“The members are experiencing disproportionate unemployment and poverty rates, and unreliable access to water, which resulted in a housing shortage.

While the casino is the Tribe’s main source of government revenue, it is also the largest user of water in the community.

“…Relocating the Tribe’s casino to the Site will address many of these issues by improving the wellbeing of the community  and supporting tribal economic development and self-reliance.”

The tribe is made up of almost 2,000 enrolled members, with a growing and young population.


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