Indians vs. Governor
By Earl
In a joint press release from both tribes, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians in California have announced their decision to pursue their respective sovereign rights in a legal action against Governor Grey Davis.

Governor Davis is said to have made “unilateral decisions” about their sovereignty “without Tribal participation as [required] in the Tribal Gaming Compact.” They charge the Governor with a breach of the Compact between the Tribes and the State.

Governor Davis maintains that the Tribes and the state government last September had agreed to disagree about the issues under question. The Tribes disagree about that outcome to that meeting. According to their press release, the issues include; “the delay in distributing the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund monies to ‘non-compact’ Tribes; the method for calculating payments into the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund still has not been resolved; and, the State continues to maintain that it has sole authority to issue device licenses and need not, at the very least, participate in a joint licensing process with the Tribes as provided under the Compact and by law.”

'Not only have the Tribes been negatively affected by the unilateral decisions made by the Governor directly impacting our sovereignty and rights as outlined in the Compact, but the autonomous actions of the Governor are unacceptable and go against the agreed upon terms of the Compact,' said Deron Marquez, Chair of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “I am sincerely disappointed in the Governor's behavior and the actions he has taken ...”

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