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Native Americans

Mar. 1, 2024

Judge rules against state in tribe casino negotiations

The judge found that state negotiators repeatedly reinserted environmental and tort law provisions into a gaming agreement, which violates the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

In another setback for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s bid to convince tribe casinos to agree to enforce state labor and environmental laws, a federal judge has granted summary judgment to a Northern California tribe.

Newsom’s administration could now face a pivotal choice in how it approaches other compacts. The language in different gaming compact Newsom signed this week suggests his administration may be at least partly abandoning some positions....

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