California Nations Indian Gaming Association Applauds Governor’s Opposition to Deceptive Gambling Initiative

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California Nations Indian Gaming Association Applauds Governor’s Opposition to Deceptive Gambling Initiative

June 21, 2004

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) appreciates that Gov. Schwarzenegger views the race tracks and card clubs' deceptive initiative in the same negative fashion that we do. We welcome his strong opposition and campaign against the initiative. The proposition is a fraud built on deceptive representations about Indian tribes and where the money from such a proposition would actually go. That deception is the very reason so many groups who allegedly would be helped by the initiative in fact oppose it. We also appreciate the governor's commitment to protect Indian gaming and the support it has twice received from California’s voters.

CNIGA takes no position on the terms of any tribe’s compact with the state and is not engaged in the negotiation process. Each tribe is a sovereign nation with unique circumstances and any negotiations are a government-to-government matter. We believe any compact should address that uniqueness.

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