Another Racist Bill Passes
North Fork tribe's Madera casino plan clears Assembly
The North Fork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians moved closer to building a swanky casino resort along Highway 99 north of Madera after the state Assembly narrowly ratified a gambling compact with the tribe Thursday.
The floor vote came months after Leftist Comrade Gov. Jerry Brown affirmed the federal government's determination that the North Fork tribe could acquire property and build a casino on non-ancestral lands.
The unconventional process spurred intense lobbying by opponents who say it contradicts the principle of American Indians building on existing tribal lands reports the Fresno Bee.
After the vote, a leader of a rival Madera County tribe said the Assembly was setting a dangerous precedent. "How long till we see more applications for more off-reservation casinos?" said Nancy Ayala, chairwoman of one faction of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, which operates a casino near Coarsegold -- and not far from the North Fork tribe's ancestral land.
Ayala said that if the North Fork tribe is allowed to build along a major state artery, it would have an advantage over other area tribes and risk the jobs of employees at the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino near Coarsegold.
"It's very unfortunate that the Assembly, acting on inaccurate information, decided to give momentum to an off-reservation casino that flies in the face of what California's voters have approved," she said.
Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Compton) who carried Assembly Bill 277, cast the bill as a sorely needed economic boost for the North Fork tribe, who he said merely want "the same right granted to every other sovereign tribe in the state of California."
"This compact would put Californians back to work," Hall said in a speech on the Assembly floor, adding that tribal gaming has replaced welfare with work. "Tribal gaming has replaced despair with hope and dependency with self-reliance," Hall said.
Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O'Neals) whose district enfolds the tribe and the proposed casino site, said the bill would reinvigorate what has become "a shell of a community" beset by economic malaise.
Cheryl Schmit, director of Stand Up For California!, which opposes the proposed casino, said opponents were not given the chance to speak at the Assembly hearing.
|Racist Democrat legislators say because Ving Rhames is black|
he is not allowed to own a casino in California.
Corrupt Indian Casino Money
The tribes get what they want from the Democrat legislature
|Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, Temecula, CATribal government with gaming interests 1,182 donations: 1,054 to candidates, 47 to ballot measures and 81 to parties||$52,597,794|
|Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Cabazon, CATribal government with gaming interests 413 donations: 314 to candidates, 23 to ballot measures and 76 to parties||$50,428,228|