CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2003 |
After months of negotiations with dozens of Indian tribes, Gov. Gray Davis on Wednesday announced the first new gambling agreement with a California tribe that will funnel money directly into the state general fund. The agreement with the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians of Southern California marks a breakthrough in the administration's efforts to increase the state's share of Indian casino revenue and ease the environmental impact of casinos on local communities.
September 19, 2000 |
Hours after rival Native American bands worked out a land agreement, the House approved legislation Monday that would grant the Torres-Martinez Indians, whose reservation was flooded almost a century ago, the right to buy more than 11,000 desert acres. The bill, passed by voice vote, is controversial because it would also allow the Torres-Martinezes to build California's first Indian casino off a reservation.
September 23, 1996 |
The impoverished Torres-Martinez Native American tribe thought it had finally reached the dawn of a brighter future--the chance to unshackle itself from the putrid Salton Sea and expand its reservation into richer lands. Half of the tribe's reservation is under saltwater, and a novel settlement now before Congress promises to give the tribe new land, farther north into the affluent niches of the Coachella Valley--places like Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta and Palm Desert.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2007 |
Calling conditions at a Thermal trailer park indecent, offensive and representing an immediate threat to the life of its residents, the U.S. government Tuesday filed a lawsuit against park owner Harvey Duro demanding that he make immediate improvements or be closed down.
October 24, 2000 |
Tribal Chairwoman Mary Belardo gazes out over the windblown 40-acre piece of desert in the Coachella Valley, lays out the grandiose plans for the site and intones: "This is our chance at economic gains. Our biggest one by far." She proceeds to talk up not a casino, hotel or retail strip center--all developments common to Indian reservations but unfeasible in this desolate corner of east Riverside County.
September 18, 2000 |
At first blush, it seems a rather innocuous attempt to right a century-old wrong. A bill before Congress would expand the reservation of the impoverished Torres-Martinez band of Indians by more than 11,000 desert acres as reparation for flooding that left half their current land under water. But the bill's subplot--gambling--has made it a roll of the dice at best: It also would allow the Torres-Martinez band to build California's first Indian casino off a reservation.