Eight tribes push for passage of new gaming compacts in California

The Yurok Tribe owns and operates the Redwood Hotel Casino in Klamath, California. Photo from Facebook

The California Senate Governmental Organization Committee held a series of informational hearings on Tuesday for eight tribal gaming compacts.

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Barona Band of Mission Indians, the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians, the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, the Jamul Indian Village, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, the Yurok Tribe have all reached new or amended Class III agreements with the state. They need to be ratified by the Legislature before they can be sent to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for review.

The new agreements include provisions that address revenue sharing and unions, according to background documents provided by the committee. Tribal leaders and labor officials testified at the hearing to seek passage of the compacts.

"Casinos have become part of California, and casino workers deserve protections that strong unions can provide," The Sacramento Bee wrote in an editorial that praised the new compacts.

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