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California Tribe's Lawsuit Denied

22 July 2004

SACRAMENTO, California – As reported by the Indian Country Today: "A federal court judge in San Diego refused an attempt by the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians to prevent a gambling compact recently signed by five tribes from taking effect.

"At issue were compacts signed in late June to much Hollywood-style fanfare in which five tribes agreed to give a portion of their profits to the state in return for allowing the tribes unlimited casino expansion.

"Rincon had charged that by allowing the tribes to sign new compacts that certain sovereignty rights were signed away, rights that the state did not have. They also claimed that allowing unlimited expansion also violated the specific terms of the original agreements signed in 1999 with then-Gov. Gray Davis.

"…Last month, Rincon filed a request to block the new compacts in federal court. In his decision, Judge Thomas Whelan wrote that it was not the responsibility of Gov. Schwarzenegger to worry about the impacts that the new compacts would have on Rincon's business…"

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