CNIGA Unanimously Endorses Indian Gaming Fair-Shaire Revenue Act

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CNIGA Unanimously Endorses Indian Gaming Fair-Shaire Revenue Act

July 16, 2004

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) has unanimously endorsed Proposition 70, a November ballot initiative that would lift restrictions on Indian gaming in return for 99-year agreements and tribes paying the state the equivalent of the prevailing corporate tax rate on net gaming income.

Meeting in Sacramento Thursday, the tribes took the action following a presentation by Richard Milanovich, chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the primary sponsor of the proposition.

Chairman Milanovich urged member tribes to stand together behind the initiative to assure that gaming tribes retain the exclusive right to gaming on tribal lands for the “good of our children and our children’s children.”

Anthony Miranda, chairman of CNIGA, said tribes endorsed what is formally known as “The Indian Gaming Fair-Share Revenue Act of 2004.” He said: “Indian gaming has proven to be the most successful means of funding tribal governments and the services they provide to tribal members.”

CNIGA is a trade association that represents 64 California Indian tribes.

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