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California tribe still not ratified compact

20 June 2008

SACRAMENTO, California -- As reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune: "As four California Indian tribes waged one of the most expensive ballot fights in U.S. history last winter, they promised that gambling deals hanging in the balance would pay the state a huge bounty, more than $10 billion over 23 years.

"To collect, voters had to approve the four big compacts, the tribes urged in a $100 million media blitz.

"But one of the tribes was keeping a secret – it had not yet approved its own gaming agreement, even though a deadline to do so had long since passed.

"The Sycuan band of El Cajon still has not ratified its revised compact, and the delay is expected to cost the state at least $30 million, the Schwarzenegger administration recently disclosed.

"...The February ballot measures challenging the four compacts 'created uncertainty for the tribe,' [tribal spokesman, Adam Day] said in an e-mail this week. Day provided no other explanation as to why Sycuan has not yet finalized an agreement that would enable the tribe to more than double the size of its gambling operations in the Dehesa Valley..."

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