CNIGA Statement on Amended Tribal-State Compacts

Aug 29, 2006, 01:00 ET from California Nations Indian Gaming Association

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Nations
 Indian Gaming Association takes no position on the terms of any compact and
 is not engaged in the negotiations. Each tribe is a sovereign nation with
 unique circumstances. We believe any compact should address that
     Each compact negotiated with the Governor must be ratified by the
 California State Legislature. Ratified compacts are then submitted to the
 Secretary of Interior for approval. Upon approval, the Secretary will
 forward them to the Federal Register. The compact takes effect only upon
 publication in the Federal Register.
     "CNIGA would like to thank the Governor and members of the Legislature
 for their recognition of tribal self-determination and self-reliance and
 appreciates that they are addressing these critical issues on a
 government-to- government basis," said Anthony Miranda, Chairman of the
 California Nations Indian Gaming Association.
     About CNIGA
     Representing 69 federally recognized member tribes, CNIGA is the
 largest and most influential tribal organization in California. CNIGA is
 dedicated to protecting the sovereign right of 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