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Jamul Band 'safe' from land-into-trust decision


The Jamul Band of Kumeyaay Indians won't be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, Chairman Kenneth Meza said.

The tribe plans to build a casino on its 6-acre reservation in southern California. The land is already in trust so the project won't be derailed by the decision.

“We're pretty safe,” Meza told The San Diego Union-Tribune. “It's like we can't get more land.”

But Kathryn Rand, the co-director of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy at the University of North Dakota, expects opponents to try to use the decision against the tribe. The Jamul Band didn't appear on the list of federally recognized tribes until 1981, long after the passage of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.

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Jamul's plan to build casino may not stand test of history (The San Diego Union-Tribune 3/30)