Opponents sue to block Jamul Band's on-reservation casino

The Obama administration is being sued over an on-reservation casino for the Jamul Indian Village of California.

Opponents are citing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar. They say the reservation does not qualify under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act because the tribe was not "under federal jurisdiction" in 1934.

The reservation is held in trust. But the complaint says it was acquired on behalf of individual Indians and not the tribe itself, which did not gain formal recognition until 1982.

The lawsuit was filed after the National Indian Gaming Commission began the review process for the tribe's gaming management contract. A notice that was published in the Federal Register in April states that the reservation qualifies as "Indian lands" under IGRA.

Turtle Talk has posted the complaint in the case, Jamul Action Committee v. Stevens.

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Federal Register Notice:
Notice of Intent to Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Approval of a Gaming Management Contract (April 10, 2013)

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