Largest California Tribal Gaming Association Formally Re-Affirms Opposition to Sports Wagering Initiatives

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Largest California Tribal Gaming Association Formally Re-Affirms Opposition to Sports Wagering Initiatives

December 15, 2023

Sacramento, CA— Last week the 52 members of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association voted unanimously to oppose two sports wagering initiatives, including recent amendments that were filed with the California Attorney General’s office. The vote, taken during the association’s annual meeting, follows a previous vote held via Zoom.

“The disingenuous nature of these initiatives should be a red flag to every tribal government as well as every voter in California,” said CNIGA Chairman James Siva. “The proponent of the measures are attempting to divide and conquer tribes by pushing an initiative that attempts to legitimize illicit off-shore operators and putting our governments at risk”

“The opposition coming from Indian Country is loud and it is clear. Tribes will not be distracted by outside influences making empty promises. Indian Country will stand firm in protecting our sovereign rights and integrity. We call on the proponents to do the honorable thing and withdraw these flawed initiatives.”

CNIGA was founded in 1988 and is comprised of 52 federally recognized tribal governments and associate members who are dedicated to the tribal government gaming industry. CNIGA is dedicated to the purpose of preserving and protecting Indian gaming on federally recognized Indian lands. 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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