CNIGA Grateful to Voters for Supporting Props 94-97

Feb 06, 2008, 00:00 ET from California Nations Indian Gaming Association

    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
 Propositions 94-97.
     "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.
     About CNIGA
     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