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Proposition 48 on California ballot repeals North Fork compact

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Artist's rendering of the proposed North Fork Rancheria casino. Image from North Fork Casino Environmental Impact Statement

A referendum to repeal a Class III gaming compact for the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians in California will appear on the ballot as Proposition 48.

The compact authorizes an off-reservation casino about 36 miles from tribal headquarters. It was approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and a notice was published in the Federal Register on October 22, 2013.

But a group called Stand Up for California collected enough signatures to put the compact to a statewide vote. The effort was funded, in part, by rival tribes with existing casinos.

The Table Mountain Rancheria donated $1.4 million to the effort. An investor for the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians also contributed $1.4 million.

It's likely the tribes will contribute more money as the November election approaches. But it's not clear what will happen if Proposition 48 passes since the compact has already been approved.

A description of Proposition 48, from the California Secretary of State, follows:
Proposition 48 - Referendum to Overturn Indian Gaming Compacts
If signed by the required number of registered voters and timely filed with the Secretary of State, this petition will place on the statewide ballot a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The law must then be approved by a majority of voters at the next statewide election to go into effect. The law ratifies two gaming compacts (with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, and the Wiyot Tribe); and it exempts execution of the compacts, certain projects, and intergovernmental agreements from the California Environmental Quality Act. (13-0007)

Bureau of Indian Affairs Documents:
Press Release | Fact Sheet: North Fork Rancheria Decision | Section 20 Determination: North Fork Rancheria

Federal Register Notices:
Indian Gaming (October 22, 2013)
Land Acquisitions; North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California (December 3, 2012)

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