Tribes want meeting to resolve issues

July 10, 2001 12:14 AM
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The Pechanga and San Manuel bands of Mission Indians, two of California’s most powerful gambling tribes, say they are unhappy with Gov. Gray Davis’ interpretation of the state’s gambling agreement with tribes and they want to meet to resolve their disagreements.

“We cannot continue to ignore the situation,” said Mark Macarro, chairman of the Pechanga band, which has operated a gambling casino on its reservation just south of Temecula since 1995. “The state is making unilateral changes as if it is the only party to the compact.”

The San Manuel band operates a casino just east of San Bernardino, about 100 miles north of San Diego County.