In 2000 (or 1999), I voted for a law that would allow American Indians to open casinos in more lands than they could before in California. It passed. I figured “hey, you know, we screwed up, lets let them get a bit of money back”.
Well, now I’m a little irritated, because what’s happened is that
- A tribe is reinstatated (or re-recognized) by the federal government.
- They don’t have a reservation, so they go “ok, we’ll take that land right there”, and another law say that they can have it.
- They open a casino on this land.
So basically, they can open a casino wherever they want, and in addition, don’t have to share any money with the town they’ve decided to put their casino in.
Where I live, north of the bay, a tribe has reformed and went “hey, lets take that land in Rohnert Park right here and put up a huge casino”.
This of course, ignores the wishes of the people that live in Rohnert park, who in true California style, have started a recall against the city supervisors (who are rather helpless in this matter, according to them). Highway 101 up here is mostly 2 lanes, and already congested.
So here I am, feeling like a dupe. I thought that indians would be given the right to have casinos on their pre-existing reservations, and all of a sudden tribes are popping up and getting the feds to give them land, and setting up casinos in places that don’t want them.
And that’s annoying.