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Indian Casino Association Chairman Calls for Truce

28 January 2005

PALM SPRINGS, California – As reported by the North County Times: "In a speech billed as the 'State of Tribal Nations,' the chairman of an influential Indian gaming association on Wednesday called for casino-owning tribes to settle their differences.

"Anthony Miranda, chairman of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, told tribal members gathered here for an annual trade conference that it was time to heal the rift created last year when several tribes signed new agreements with the state. Other tribes refused to negotiate, saying the proposed agreements threatened their sovereignty.

"…Miranda said gambling has made it possible to revive Indian culture, and provide better housing and educational programs for tribal members.

"…The gaming association represents more than 60 tribes, some of which have casinos and others that would like to have them. But some splintered from the organization after negotiating deals with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger that promised $1 billion for the state in exchange for more slot machines and greater casino regulation.

"…Some of the tribes that drifted away from the organization said they may consider returning. One of them is the Rincon Band of Luiseno Mission Indians, which operates a casino near Valley Center…"

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