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May 21, 2000 |
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.
May 6, 2000 |
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.
April 1, 2000 |
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.
March 30, 2000 |
An Indian tribe's plan to operate a gambling cruise ship between San Diego and Rosarito Beach was delayed Wednesday when the state Senate took the bill back from Gov. Gray Davis' desk rather than risk a veto. The legislation by Senate President Pro Tem John Burton was aimed at accommodating the Viejas band of Indians in San Diego County and its partner in the venture by making a seemingly minor change in the law that would have permitted their cruise ship to sail legally in California waters.
March 16, 2000 |
Southern Nevada casino designer and developer Mark Advent has signed a deal with an Indian tribe to build a $100-million casino in Northern California's wine country. Advent Communications & Entertainment will join with the Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians to build the 175,000-square-foot casino, which is expected to open by fall 2001 about 70 miles north of San Francisco. "It's a prime location, a very wealthy neighborhood," said tribal Chairwoman Lorilie Fakhouri.
February 29, 2000 |
Proponents of Proposition 1A have doubled the size of their campaign war chest over the past month and have now raised about $21 million, new campaign finance reports show. That's far less than the $68.6 million raised in 1998 by proponents of a similar effort, Proposition 5, which ultimately was declared unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court.
February 19, 2000 |
If California voters approve Nevada-style gambling on Indian reservations next month, state authorities will lack clear powers held by Nevada to block convicted felons from working at casinos, conduct unannounced inspections or settle disputes. Polls show that California voters overwhelmingly favor Proposition 1A, the measure on the March 7 ballot that for the first time would legalize a broad range of casino-style gambling in the state. However, under an agreement negotiated by Gov.
February 17, 2000 |
To drive along Route 2 in rural Connecticut, where the 23-story Foxwoods casino resort suddenly appears above the woods like some Emerald City, is to contemplate the future of California. The $1-billion-a-year casino business was launched by a struggling Indian tribe that just 15 years ago was growing lettuce and running a pizza parlor.
November 10, 1999 |
The gambling deal Gov. Gray Davis struck with California Indian tribes two months ago could more than quintuple the number of slot machines to 113,000 statewide, the legislative analyst's office said in a letter Tuesday. The Davis administration had insisted that its accord with the tribes in September would increase the number of machines only slightly. Davis repeatedly has maintained that he dislikes gambling and wants only a modest increase in legal gambling in California.
October 28, 1999 |
When Atty. Gen. Janet Reno this month began doling out the biggest law enforcement grants for tribal lands in her department's history, she promised that the $89-million program would "help ensure that all Native Americans living on Indian lands will enjoy the decrease in crime felt throughout the nation." All Native Americans, it seems, except those in California.