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California tribe allowed to continue slot battle

21 August 2008

CALIFORNIA -- As reported by the Colusa Sun Herald: "A federal appeals court has allowed the tribe that owns the Colusa Casino Resort to continue its battle with California for more slot machines.

"The 9th Circuit's three-judge panel in Pasadena ruled earlier this month the Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians does not need backing from other Native American tribes to press its demand for hundreds of new slot-machine licenses. The tribe operates 864 slots at its casino and hotel north of Colusa.

"The case will return to U.S. District Court in Sacramento. George Forman, a San Francisco lawyer for the Cachil Dehe, said the court could rehear the case within three months.

"...The tribe's dispute dates to 2003, when it applied to the state Gambling Control Commission for the right to add 377 slots but came up empty-handed. A drawing to allot licenses to various casino-owning tribes placed the Cachil Dehe in a lower-priority tier, extinguishing its chance to install more machines..."

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