Kempthorne to speak at Soboba Band's golf club
Law enforcement and state officials say the Soboba Reservation in southern California is too dangerous but that's not stopping a member of President Bush's Cabinet from speaking there on Friday.

Technically, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne will appear at the golf club owned by the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians. But the property is adjacent to the reservation and only a short distance from the tribe's casino, which law enforcement and state officials claim is unsafe.

Kempthorne will speak about H.R.4841, the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act of 2007, which was signed into law earlier this month. The bill provides $29 million and up to 2 billion gallons of water a year for the tribe and settles a 75-year-old dispute.

Tribal leaders and other politicians are also attending the ceremony at the Country Club at Soboba Springs.

Get the Story:
Secretary of Interior to speak on landmark tribal water rights legislation (The Palm Springs Desert Sun 8/13)
Parolees don't have to move off Soboba Reservation after all, state says (The Riverside Press-Enterprise 8/14)

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