Legal Affairs

As a politically active Association, CNIGA and our Members, are constantly engaging in the political arena to ensure that the sovereign right to game on Indian lands is fully protected.

Below, you will find a list of recent court decisions effecting tribal government gaming.

Legal Documents


CNIGA Amicus Brief – Casino Pauma vs. USA & Unite HERE

November 7, 2016


Amador County v. Department of Interior

March 16, 2016


CNIGA Amicus Brief – Soaring Eagle Casino v. NLRB

March 1, 2016


State of CA v. Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel

December 12, 2014


Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community

May 27, 2014


Pauma v. State of California – Order Directing Entry of Judgment

December 2, 2013


California v. Pauma Band of Luiseno Mission Indians

March 18, 2013


Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak

June 18, 2012


Big Lagoon v. State of California

September 23, 2011


Wells Fargo v. Lake of the Torches EDC

September 6, 2011


Alturas v. CGCC

August 10, 2011


CNIGA Application for Leave to File Amicus Curiae – Yavapai-Apache Nation v. Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel

June 15, 2011


Rincon v. Arnold Schwarzenegger – 9th Circuit

April 20, 2010


San Pasqual v. State of CA et al

March 29, 2010


CNIGA Amicus Curiae Brief in Colusa/Picayune v. CGCC

December 23, 2009


VGT v. Bureau of Gambling Control – Motion to Withdraw

January 14, 2008


CNIGA Amicus Curiae Brief in San Pasqual v. State of California Gambling Control Commission

January 22, 2007


CNIGA Request for Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief in San Pasqual v. CGCC

January 22, 2007


Colorado River Indian Tribe v. National Indian Gaming Commission

October 20, 2006


Campo Band of Mission Indians v. Superior Court of San Diego County

May 1, 2006


CNIGA Amicus Curiae Brief in Santa Rosa Rancheria et al v. NIGC

July 28, 2005


Cabazon v. Larry Smith et al

November 3, 2004


Supreme Court of CA order granting review in Agua Caliente v. FPPC

June 23, 2004


US v. Lara

April 19, 2004


United States v. Lara

January 21, 2004


Artichoke Joe’s et al v. Gale Norton et al – 9th Circuit Opinion

December 22, 2003


El Dorado County v. Gail Norton

October 29, 2003


Scott’s Valley v. USA

October 27, 2003


Coyote Valley, et al v. State of California

June 11, 2003


United States v. Navajo Nation

March 4, 2003


United States v. White Mountain Apache Tribe

March 4, 2003


US v. White Mountain Apache

March 4, 2003


City of Roseville v. Gail Norton

September 11, 2002


Chickasaw Nation v. United States

November 27, 2001


Chickasaw Nation v. US

November 27, 2001


CNIGA Amicus Brief – Artichoke Joe’s et al v. Gale Norton et al

October 19, 2001


Western Telcon v. CA State Lottery

June 27, 1996


California v. Cabazon

February 25, 1987