CNIGA Statement Regarding City and County Relations

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CNIGA Statement Regarding City and County Relations

March 9, 2004

Dozens of California Indian tribes have entered into legally binding agreements with surrounding cities and counties that provide for tribes paying hundreds of millions of dollars to address the environmental impacts of Indian gaming on non-tribal lands. The terms of these agreements are individually negotiated between the Indian nations and local governments. With few exceptions, tribes have created working relationships with their neighboring governments. In those isolated situations where there have been differences, tribes will continue to work diligently to resolve them.

In addition, gaming tribes annually pay millions into the state’s Special Distribution Fund which the state distributes to local cities and counties to address any environmental impacts of Indian gaming that take place off tribal lands.

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