Friday, March 10, 2006

Now this is the Right Direction!

The unrestrained growth of Indian Gaming has already proven vulnerable to citizen action as you proved in San Pablo. The voice of your success has been heard across the nation and through the halls of Washinton!

This is a great article in the Contra Costa Times about bills being introduced in the House and Senate to put a stop to urban gaming, but shutting down the Indian Casino land grab.
Bill limits Indian casinos to Reservation
Reacting to backlash against Indian gambling's most controversial trend, key lawmakers are seeking to limit Indian tribes' ability to establish casinos away from their reservations.
Bills by House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, and Senate Indian Affairs Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., would eliminate an exception in existing law that allows tribes with reservations to build casinos in other locations -- even in other states.
Their bills would also tighten the circumstances under which tribes that have been newly recognized by the federal government or don't have reservation land of their own could get permission to build casinos.

Read the rest of the article by CLICKING HERE.

But our work is not over. Make sure to take part in the Bureau of Indian Affairs hearing 6:PM next Wednesday, March 15 at the Richmond Auditorium, room 403 and make your voice known!

You can also get a copy of the draft "Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians
Environmental Impact Statement" online by CLICKING HERE.

Or by mail, you can write to John Rydzik, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2820, Sacramento, CA 95823 (or call 916-978-6042).

Written comments must be received by April 28 and should be directed to Clay Gregory, Regional Director, Pacific Regional Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Include name, return address and caption "DEIS Comments, Scotts Valley Casino Project" on the first page of comments.