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October 21, 2003 | Gregg Jones, Times Staff Writer
The Davis administration said Monday it has agreed to allow the Fort Mojave Indian tribe to open a San Bernardino County casino in what could be the first of several such compacts reached between Gov. Gray Davis and California tribes before Republican Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger takes office in the next three weeks. The agreement -- and any others signed before the transfer of power -- must be approved by the Legislature and Schwarzenegger.
Scattered by a century of dispossession, the Chukchansi Indians barely cling to this mountain below Yosemite that was once homeland. They have no reservation or rancheria. Not quite squatters and not quite homesteaders, a few dozen families live on federal land allotted to them. In the language of bureaucrats, they are known as "allottees."
October 10, 2005 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Splintered for more than a decade, members of the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians have bickered over elections, casino proposals and plans to build athletic fields on their land. But the estimated 4,000 members of the Acjacheman Nation scattered throughout Orange County and other parts of the country may have a compelling reason to become one again: the promise of federal recognition.
February 10, 2003 | Michael Hiltzik
Michael Lombardi came up through the ranks of California Indian gaming the traditional way, such as it was. He started in the 1980s by setting up charity bingo games at community centers and Indian reservations around Southern California. By the end of the decade he was general manager of what had become an 1,800-seat bingo hall at the Morongo reservation outside Palm Springs.
April 24, 2004 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
A strong majority of Californians believes Indian tribes that own casinos should pay more of their gambling revenue to the state, and does not want card rooms and horse tracks to gain slot machines, a Los Angeles Times poll shows. And regardless of political party affiliation, age, gender or churchgoing habits, California residents have a favorable view of tribes that have casinos and continue to approve of gambling on tribal land.
June 13, 2004 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
Before neighbor turned against neighbor, before the mayor made the front page in jailhouse shackles, before the blustery talk of wells running dry and the town's moral fiber blowing away, this was just another pipsqueak of a place embraced by the golden folds of the Sierra foothills. Then came a proposal for an Indian casino. The Ione Band of Miwok Indians figured it was time it tapped into the gambling riches being mined by other California tribes.
July 3, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Santa Clara County had the lowest crime and homicide rates among California counties of more than 1 million people in 2002, according to figures released Tuesday by the state attorney general. Among the eight California counties with more than 1 million people, Santa Clara had the lowest rates for overall crime and homicide, and the second-lowest for all violent crime. Last year in Santa Clara County, the overall crime rate fell 7.2% from 2001.
August 31, 1998
With Gov. Pete Wilson's signature, California has established a structure of casino-style Indian gambling. Now it must take care that this first formal approval for tribal casinos is not the beginning of a slippery slope leading to wide-open gambling a la Las Vegas. The Assembly on Thursday approved legislation that ratifies a compact negotiated by Wilson and the Pala band of Indians from San Diego County. The Senate promptly concurred and sent the measure to the governor.
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