Battle over Gambling on California Indian Reservations

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In 1998, California voters overwhelmingly approved gambling casinos on Indian reservations. Two years later, they ratified contracts negotiated by former Governor Gray Davis with 61 Indian tribes. Now, the tribes want to expand and move into cities and suburbs. Governor Schwarzenegger wants the state to get more of the take of an industry worth $4 billion to $6 billion a year, so he-s trying to negotiate a new deal. Meantime, racetracks and card clubs want more of the action, and they all may end up appealing to voters on November-s ballot. Is gambling in California about to spin out of control? Warren Olney speaks with proponents and opponents of expanding Indian gaming, including a spokesman for Governor Schwarzenegger.
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LA Times article about budget cuts, early releases

State Gaming Commission

National Indian Gaming Commission

Tribal State Gaming Compacts (Proposition 5, 1998)

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell's proposed amendment to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act

Assemblyman Dymally's proposed bill regarding Tongva Reservation



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton