"California Indian tribes have had many years of experience working with
Smith continued, "
Burton was the author of legislation to put Proposition 1A on the 2000 statewide ballot, the proposition that authorized tribal gaming and allowed tribes to open their casinos. He was also the author of a hard-fought bill in 2004 to defend California Indian culture and dignity by protecting the ceremonial sites that are vital to their traditions. Burton also carried the legislation that assured non-gaming tribes that they would receive their full share of revenue sharing funds from tribal casino operations, money these tribes depend on for health care, education and housing programs.
"Burton fought hardest for the poorest tribes in this state," Chairman Smith said. "It is with pride that we stand behind him."
The California Tribal Business Alliance was formed in 2004 by six forward-looking California Indian tribes interested in developing partnerships and coalitions with like-minded governments and with business, community, and civic organizations, with the intent to build productive alliances based on mutual respect and cooperation.
The CTBA members are the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians, Pala Band of Mission Indians, the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, the Pauma Band of Luiseno Indians, the United Auburn Indian Community, and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians.
SOURCE California Tribal Business Alliance