Archive - Dec 2006
In a narrow 4-3 ruling, the California Supreme Court last week held that Indian tribes are subject to the state’s campaign finance disclosure law. The ruling affirmed the ability of the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission to sue the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians for failing to comply with the law’s reporting requirements.
Thread: Indian Gaming in the News
Thread: Off-Reservation Gaming in the News
Thread: Indian Gaming in the NewsThere are some intriguing issues in the courts right now; a little less visible to those who aren't practitioners in the area, but important nonetheless.
The Richmond, CA city council approved a contract for a tribal casino project with the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians that would pay the city $335 million over 20 years. The Scotts Valley Band is landless, and is seeking BIA approval for reservation land in the East Bay area.
In October, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that under IGRA, the National Indian Gaming Commission did not have authority to regulate Class III or casino-style gaming. Instead, IGRA envisioned tribal-state compacts as the sole vehicle for regulation of Class III gaming. There are more than 250 tribal-state compacts in place, each tailored to the specific concerns and needs of the particular state and tribe.