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California Tribe Hails Ruling

11 January 2005

SHINGLE SPRINGS, California – As reported by the Sacramento Bee: "Although still awaiting the outcome of a state court case, representatives of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians hailed a federal court decision Monday that they say removes federal obstacles to constructing a casino on Shingle Springs Rancheria north of Highway 50 in El Dorado County.

"'It removes the last federal impediment to the Shingle Springs tribe getting access to the rancheria, which has been effectively landlocked,' said Nick Yost, an attorney who represented the Shingle Springs Band in the case brought by El Dorado County.

"The county sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the National Indian Gaming Commission, contending that the the federal agencies failed to adequately consider the environmental impacts the casino would have on the semirural area.

"In a decision issued Monday, Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. found in favor of the federal agencies…"

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