Editorial: Tribal casinos creeping in urban areas in California

"Indian gaming is creeping into the urban Bay Area. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a compact last month with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, which plans to build a 3,000-slot machine casino in Rohnert Park.

The project is yet another misuse of voter-approved Nevada-style gambling on tribal lands. Voters said yes to Proposition 1A in 2000 with the expectation the gaming would stay on reservations in rural areas to provide an economic uplift to impoverished tribes.

Over the years, however, tribes, often with loose historical connections to an area, have sought to establish claims to off-reservation lands in order to site casinos. Recent attempts have targeted Richmond, San Pablo and Oakland."

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