SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The member tribes of the
California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) are pleased that
voters once again stood with California's tribal governments and supported
"We are extremely grateful that voters rejected this effort by outside
third parties who have their own financial and political agendas," said
Anthony Miranda, chair of the association. "Props 94-97 were a direct
assault on the sovereign right of all tribal governments throughout the
country to negotiate gaming compacts on a government-to-government basis as
outlined in federal law."
At its August, 2007 membership meeting the association voted
unanimously to support Props 94-97. While it is CNIGA policy not to get
involved in individual compacts or negotiations, the organization took a
position on this matter because the compacts were already approved by the
governor, the legislature, and the tribes involved. Overturning compacts
that have gone through the appropriate process would have grave
consequences for all tribes.
"CNIGA is eager to put this latest attack behind us and for tribes to
continue on the road to self-reliance. We hope that all tribes, gaming and
non-gaming, are able to economically diversify their economies through
gaming and to negotiate compacts the way IGRA intended -- in a respectful
government-to-government environment," Miranda said.
The California Nations Indian Gaming Association is the largest
regional Indian gaming association in the country. CNIGA is dedicated to
protecting the sovereign right of all Indian tribes to have gaming on their
land. It acts as a planning and coordinating agency for legislative,
policy, legal and communications efforts on behalf of its members and
serves as an industry forum for information and resources.
SOURCE California Nations Indian Gaming Association