TRIBES DEMAND MEETING OVER GAMBLING RULES

July 08, 2001 7:39 PM
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Two of California's most powerful gambling tribes say they are unhappy with Gov. Gray Davis' interpretation of the state's gambling agreement and want a meeting to resolve their disagreements.

The Pechanga and San Manuel bands of Mission Indians claim that the state has made "unilateral decisions" in interpreting the gambling compact, which sets forth the framework on American Indian Lands.

The tribes are claiming that the state is withholding money from the revenue-sharing trust fund for non-gambling tribes and that authority to issue gambling licenses is being delegated to a commission of political appointees, rather than tribal governments.