Indian gaming an issue |

Indian gaming an issue

A recent letter writer to The Union should do some research before venting his liberal bias by calling people racist.

First let me say that I am not involved with any local candidate’s campaign. And my Native American heritage is Cherokee. Most of my tribe perished along the Trail of Tears, but I doubt that anyone guilty of that atrocity is still alive.

Voters in every county need to be very cautious about whom they elect to the Board of Supervisors and other local officials. Because the Bureau of Indian Affairs will seek and receive comments from state, county and local officials before a proposed property is acquired and placed into trust for gaming, etc. A voting member of a sovereign tribal government (in gaming) running for supervisor raises a legitimate question and is not a race issue. With the passage of Campaign Finance Reform, tribes can contribute without limit to tribal or non-tribal politicians who support gaming. Follow the money.

The United Auburn Indian Community is a federally recognized tribe whose “service area” includes Nevada County.

Stand Up For California Director Cheryl A. Schmit, wrote in opposition to SB 1828 that this bill “expands tribal government authority to exercise the right to civil jurisdiction over non-Indian citizens and local governments of California. This is a blatant abuse of tribal domestic dependent sovereignty attempting to assert virtual veto power over any public or private construction project in the State of California.”

SB 1828 is a benefit to developers, large landowners, moneyed gaming tribes, their investors and the politicians they support.

“This is the cancer of the valley, and it just grows bigger and worse, and no one has the skill or clout to arrest it, least of all our politicians … gambling profits steadily pour out in the Brinks trucks to fat-cat Vegas-like operators.” – Sandy Power, Santa Ynez.

Save Nevada County.

Shirley Hendrickson

Nevada City

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