Calif. landless tribe faces setback
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A landless tribe in California who were the beneficiaries of a law which would take 10 acres of land into trust for them face a setback if a new spending bill passes Congress.

Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.), a member of the Indian Affairs Committee, has authored an amendment to repeal the land transfer to the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians. The transfer was signed into law by President Clinton in December.

But the provision which authorized the trust status for the 10-acre parcel has been criticized by lawmakers in California, who say Rep. George Miller (D-Cali.) inserted it without their knowledge.

A group of Bay Area card clubs subsequently launched a lawsuit aimed at preventing the tribe from opening a full-fledged casino on the site. The tribe currently operates a card club on the parcel.

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