Indian Gaming Propositions

December 22, 2008 2:08:32 PM PST
Next week's primary ballot includes four Indian gaming propositions that are being hotly debated on countless opposing TV commercials.

Prop's 94 through 97 ask voters to approve new compacts or deals between the state and four large southern California tribes.

They allow thousands of new slots machines for those casinos and add billions of dollars in the state's general fund over time.

That's why they're supported by Indian tribes statewide.

Fresno County's North Fork Rancheria is among them. Its tribal chair believes these agreements will help all Californians.

Jacquie Davis, North Fork Mono Rancheria: "It's a good deal for the state, it's a good deal for tribes."

Nelson Pinola, Manchester-Pt Arena Band Pomo: "I respectfully disagree with that.."

Nelson Pinola ... Chair of the Manchester-Point Arena Band of Pomo Indians came from Mendocino County to Fresno to talk with Action News.

He says these compacts will siphon off monies now paid to California tribes without casinos.

Nelson Pinola: "What they did was trade the welfare of hundreds of thousands of Indian people that are less fortunate then them."

While Pinola's tribe has no casino, Davis' North Fork Tribe is in the process of winning permission to build one off Highway 99 in Madera County.

Jacquie Davis: "We support every tribe's right to negotiate a deal that they feel in the best interests of their tribe."

Those who support these compacts say they require the state to use general fund monies to cover short falls to that fund for tribes without casino's.

But those who oppose them say there's no guarantee they'll be money left after meeting other needs like public safety or education.

SECRETARY OF STATE PRIMARY ELECTION PROPOSITIONS ANALYSIS www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/argu_rebut/argu_rebutt94.html

SECRETARY OF STATE PRIMARY ELECTION PULL OUT GUIDE PDF www.sos.ca.gov/elections/bp_02052008_sup/quick_reference_guide.pdf

YES ON 94-97 www.yesforcalifornia.com/

NO ON 94-97 www.nounfairdeals.com/

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS GUIDE TO PROPS 94-97 ca.lwv.org/lwvc/edfund/elections/2008feb/id/prop94-97.html


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