Pechanga Band labels lawsuit over gaming deal a 'political ploy'

Despite claims by local officials, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians has accepted service of a lawsuit that was filed in federal court in California.

Officials in Temecula claimed a process server wasn't allowed on the reservation. But Chairman Marc Macarro said the city never made proper arrangements.

"The decision to not pick up the telephone and make appropriate arrangements, along with the appearance of a political ploy, strongly implies that the City Council has chosen to abandon the government-to-government relationship that the tribe and the city has worked for years to develop," Macarro said in a statement.

As part of its Class III gaming compact, the tribe agreed to address the impacts of its casino. An agreement with Temecula is complete but one with Riverside County is still being negotiated.

The lawsuit says the tribe should start paying an estimated $2 million a year to the city.

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