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Opinion
Editorial: Don't give California tribe more powers


"Leaders of the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians, the tribe that runs Cache Creek Casino, are quite clear about why they support AB 1747. The bill would fulfill their goal to gain acceptance as a legitimate government on par with other local governments in the region.

But therein lies the problem. The Rumsey Band is not like other governments. It is a federally recognized semisovereign American Indian tribe. Unlike other local public agencies, it was not created by the state, nor is it bound by state laws. Californians don't elect tribal leaders and can't hold them accountable.

AB 1747, by Assemblywoman Lois Wolk, D-Davis, would permit the Rumsey Band to participate in a joint powers authority with Yolo County and other local governments and public agencies in the county."

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