Trust land decision called sneaky
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FEBRUARY 5, 2001

An Associated Press story today characterizes a law which takes 10 acres of land near Oakland into trust for the the Santa Rosa Band of Pomo Indians of California as sneaky.

The Omnibus Indian Advancement Act, signed into law by President Clinton in December of last year, contains the provision. Some lawmakers weren't aware of the amendment and one, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va), a gaming opponent, say its inclusion was a "disgrace."

But others knew of the amendment and its planned inclusion in the act. Immediately after it was signed into law, two Bay Area card room cubs issued a press statement condemning the action to take the land at the Lytton Rancheria.

The tribe already runs a card house on the land and wants to sign a compact with the state to offer expanded gaming, which would include slot machines.

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Law Pushed for San Francisco Gambling (AP 2/5)
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Get the Law (See Section 819 for the Lytton provision):
The Omnibus Indian Advancement Act (H.R.5528)

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