Column: Rival tribes ask voters to block North Fork casino bid

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

It's decision day for the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians as voters in California give their say on Proposition 48:
Proposition 48 would overturn an agreement passed by the California Legislature that permitted a Native American tribe in the Sierra foothills to build a casino on purchased land near Madera.

The measure is funded by rival tribes who already have casinos and don’t want competition from other tribes whose tribal land is too remote to support a casino.

For this privilege, the North Fork tribe agreed to pay $16 million initially plus $10 million each year to local and state government. This agreement was approved by federal authorities.

Native Americans having casinos, including local tribes, often donate generously to a variety of public needs in their neighboring communities.

Get the Story:
Howard Hurlbut: Which tribes should be allowed casinos? (The Redlands Daily Facts 11/4)

Also Today:
Debating Prop 48 (Southern California Public Radio 11/3)
Stephen Holzer: Proposition 48: A North Fork in the Road for Tribal Casinos (JD Supra 11/3)

California Court of Appeal Decision:
Picayune Rancheria v. Brown (September 24, 2014)

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

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Pechanga Band chair featured in ads against North Fork casino (10/29)

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