CNIGA Statement on Amended Tribal-State Compacts

Press Release
For Immediate Release


CNIGA Statement on Amended Tribal-State Compacts

August 29, 2006

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association takes no position on the terms of any compact and is not engaged in the negotiations. Each tribe is a sovereign nation with unique circumstances. We believe any compact should address that uniqueness.

Each compact negotiated with the Governor must be ratified by the California State Legislature. Ratified compacts are then submitted to the Secretary of Interior for approval. Upon approval, the Secretary will forward them to the Federal Register. The compact takes effect only upon publication in the Federal Register.

“CNIGA would like to thank the Governor and members of the Legislature for their recognition of tribal self-determination and self-reliance and appreciates that they are addressing these critical issues on a government-to-government basis,” said Anthony Miranda, Chairman of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association.


Representing 69 federally recognized member tribes, CNIGA is the largest and most influential tribal organization in California. CNIGA is dedicated to protecting the sovereign right of Indian tribes to have gaming on their land. It acts as a planning and coordinating agency for legislative, policy, legal and communications efforts on behalf of its members and serves as an industry forum for information and resources.

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