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June 20, 2000 | From Associated Press
American Indians won a rare victory in the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday as the justices allowed the Quechan tribe to pursue its claim to about 25.6 billion gallons of Colorado River water each year. Arizona and California had asked the high court to block the Quechan water claim, saying that the tribe gave up any rights to that water in 1983.
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June 19, 2000 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For decades, Nevada's casino operators have made a science out of gambling, incessantly seeking out new ways to seduce gamblers. But California's Indian casino operators won't need to employ many tricks of the trade, predicted researchers who gathered here last week for a conference on gambling and risk-taking. The reason, they say: Californians are so anxious to play classic Nevada-style slot machines at nearby Indian casinos, now that they are legal, no frills will be needed to draw them.
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June 8, 2000 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California Common Cause, responding to a retraction demand by Gov. Gray Davis' top political aide, acknowledged Wednesday that it wrongly accused the governor of failing to disclose nearly $170,000 in donations from gambling interests in 1998. Common Cause Executive Director Jim Knox said the organization will issue a correction, post it on its Web site, and issue statements to the public. "We were wrong and we're going to fix it to the extent that we can," Knox said.
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June 6, 2000 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California Common Cause filed a complaint Monday alleging more than 300 campaign finance law violations by gambling interests, primarily Indian tribes, and candidates who received their largess between 1995 and 1998. The report accuses Gov. Gray Davis of failing to disclose $169,000 in 1998 contributions, including $113,000 from the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, and $50,000 from the Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians, both of which operate casinos outside Palm Springs.
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June 6, 2000 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After only six weeks, the partnership between a cruise line and an Indian tribe to provide daily gambling cruises from San Diego to Rosarito in Baja California has gone bust. The 433-foot-long Enchanted Sun has set sail for Asia and a possible sale by its owner, Commodore Holdings Ltd. of Hollywood, Fla. The cruises were meant to provide gamblers with the chance to play games that had been banned at Indian casinos in California: craps, roulette and Las Vegas-style slot machines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid singing, dancing and sacred rituals, a UC Irvine physician celebrated a labor of love on Saturday: the unveiling of one of the first programs designed to assess the health of urban American Indians in California. Dr. Laura Williams, an assistant professor of family medicine and member of the Juaneno and Gabrieleno tribes, unveiled "Native Voices for Change" at the university's Arboretum in a ceremony attended by tribal elders, administrators and frolicking children.
NEWS
May 6, 2000 | TOM GORMAN and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A decade after Indian tribes began operating video gambling machines in California without state or U.S. government permission, reservation gambling with Nevada-style slot machines finally won formal federal approval Friday. The classic one-armed bandits may be arriving in California within weeks, according to tribal officials.
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April 25, 2000 | TOM GORMAN and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Saying the state's recently approved Indian gambling measure violates the U.S. Constitution, four Northern California card clubs are urging Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt to reject the state-tribal agreements permitting expanded Indian casinos. The card rooms' action is a likely first step toward a lawsuit to have Proposition 1A declared invalid on the grounds that it gives an unfair advantage to Indian tribes. The compacts were signed by Gov.
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April 14, 2000 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The case of the inoperable slot machine is not one for Sherlock Holmes. Sgt. Friday could solve it in his sleep. The question is: Are cruise ship companies that ply California waters and offer slot machines violating state Penal Code Section 330.6? The section is straightforward enough.
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April 1, 2000 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A California Indian tribe and its Florida partner said Friday that they plan to begin operating a San Diego-based gambling cruise ship later this month, despite failing to win Gov. Gray Davis' approval of special legislation the partnership said it needed to legally launch its floating casino.
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