|David Lazarus in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, “Greed Tars Indian Casinos,” writes that non-Native American developers are cashing in on the legal advantages Indians have in California as to running casinos. Casino developers who have no interest in the welfare of the tribes are making a lot of money through the tribes. |
In a challenge to the Indian’s monopoly on the casino industry, U.S. District Court Judge David Levi ruled last Monday that the Indians do have a monopoly on California casinos but that this advantage is lawful. California voters having recently shown support for this advantage, a spokesperson for the Indians said, “With this legal challenge behind us, [we] can continue on our path to self-reliance.”
But Lazarus writes that “Cheryl Schmit, director of Stand Up for California, a Sacramento-area group seeking increased regulation of Indian casinos, said that what is now taking place is “... a total abuse of the system.” In Placer and El Dorado Counties multi-million-dollar casinos are being built in the name of the Indians and Chache Creek Casino in Yolo County wants to triple the size of its business premises and also erect a six-story hotel. West Sacramento will likely see a new casino. “This isn't what California voters approved,” Schmit said. “Sure, we want to help Indians, but this isn't about that. It's about greed.”
California now has 46 gambling establishments which earn $5 billion annually. None of this money is subjected to state or local taxes.
Please see the related story, “California Card Roomers Defeated.”