Excerpted from Victor Rocha's California Indian Gaming News Digest 
Pechanga Band of Luiseņo Indians 

   I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were 
great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to 
keep it for themselves.
~ John Wayne

Court to hear arguments on Indian gambling
  (WASHINGTON)The Colville and Spokane Indian tribes will be in court today, trying to 
keep 1,800 slot machines that the U.S. government wants to seize from their casinos.

Morongo tribe sees gold in dried snacks
Deal with Navy would provide security if casino were to close The Morongo Band of 
Mission Indians is banking on its dried-snack-food business to create a stronger 
economy no longer sustained solely on gaming, said a tribal member. 

Palm Springs approves land transfer with tribe, but talks about bridge continue
  (PALM SPRINGS) -- Agua Caliente tribal leaders and the City Council continued 
ironing out a long-standing deal Wednesday requiring the city to build a bridge and 
hand over 12 acres of land in exchange for already completed flood-control 
improvements to Tahquitz Creek. 

The lawyer who swam upstream
`Rez kid' brings degree home to her people Her great-grandmother told her stories 
about the young Salmon People. They swam to the ocean and to foreign lands and then 
returned home. They often became thin and bruised while traveling, but they always 
kept going. 

Pueblo Ready To Close N.M. 4
(LOS ALAMOS) -- San Ildefonso Pueblo says it will close a stretch of N.M. 4 early New 
Year's Day if an impasse continues over renewal of the highway easement. 

Tribe begins work on grocery
(SHAWNEE) -- Ground was broken Wednesday for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation's latest 
profit venture -- an 83,000- square-foot deep-discount grocery operation to be built 
about 11/2 miles south of Shawnee. 

Sun, Wind To Power Laguna Ranch
(NEW MEXICO) A ranch owned by Laguna Pueblo will soon turn to the sun and wind for 
energy. Diversified Systems Manufacturing, a Native American- owned alternative energy 
development company, will design, install and maintain a wind turbine and solar panels 
at the Laguna Majors Ranch. 

Guardian of dead child gives up rights to three Native American  siblings
(MINNESOTA) Terri L. Allen, the great-aunt and guardian of an 8-year-old girl who was 
fatally beaten in her Minneapolis home last month, gave up legal custody Wednesday of 
the girl's three younger siblings. 

South Carolina 29 casino to stage nude dancing,1325,120420,00.html
  (BLACKSBURG) - The Lady Luck may be readying its stage for totally nude dancers, but 
a small band of residents is not quite sure they're ready for the naked truth. 

Canada legislators end vote marathon on Indian treaty
(OTTAWA, Dec 9) (Reuters) - Canada's House of Commons resembled a battleground on 
Thursday but the combatants were more haggard and bleary-eyed than feisty at the end 
of the longest vote the country's parliament has ever seen. 

Treasury kept backup copies of deleted data, government says
(WASHINGTON) (AP) The Treasury Department kept backup copies of deleted computer files 
that could contain evidence in a lawsuit over American Indian trust funds, government 
lawyers said Thursday. 

Tribal finances examined
(WASHINGTON) -- It may be a case of the pot calling the kettle black, but the head of 
the Bureau of Indian Affairs wants more proof that the Cherokee Nation is improving 
its accounting system. 

Nethercutt Criticizes Food Allocated to Native Americans
Government program contributes to poor nutrition, congressman tells clinic staff The 
congressman stood in the cultural center at a Native American chemical dependency 
treatment center for youth, posed for a photo with the staff and turned a joke into a 
serious point. "Say cheese," someone said. 

Casino Partners May Fold Gatzaros, Papas hit trouble in background check
(DETROIT) Two key partners in the Greektown Casino, who helped to bring casinos to 
Detroit, may have to sell their 23-percent stake in the project. 

Caddo Tribe vote ordered for Saturday
(BINGER) -- Despite contrary claims by the interim head of the Caddo Tribe of 
Oklahoma, a judge has ruled there will be an election Saturday in a three-way race for 
the top tribal post. 

Group objects to Dawn plan to fill pond Tribe joins environmentalists in taking case 
to governor
(WASHINGTON) An environmental watchdog group and members of the Spokane Tribe of 
Indians are urging Gov. Gary Locke to reject plans to use radioactive materials to 
close a tailings pond at a defunct uranium mill. 

Peyote Law Has Navajos in Bind
  (SHIPROCK) -- As illegal use of hallucinogenic peyote buttons rises, including 
Navajo teens who are smoking it, Navajo Nation legislators are looking for ways to 
restrict the drug's usage without obstructing those who use it for religious purposes. 

Artist Brien says logo is not racist
(NORTH DAKOTA) The man who designed a new Indian-head logo for UND says it is not 
racist and that people opposed to his design are using it as a "ploy for division." 

Tribal Police Officer Shot To Death Near Pinetop-Lakeside Suspects flee after shooting 
tribal officer
(PHOENIX) - A White Mountain Apache tribal police officer was shot to death Thursday 
in eastern Arizona. 

Tax filing may jeopardize land claim negotiations
(VERONA, N.Y.) (AP) -- Madison County officials are jeopardizing land claim settlement 
talks by moving to foreclose on tribal-owned properties for tax delinquency, says the 
leader of the Oneida Indian Nation. 

Santee enter round two of attempted fund seizures
OMAHA, Nebraska, Dec 10th. Prosecutors tried a new tactic to seize some of the tribe's 
funds, hoping to get their hands on what money was not granted federally. 

Lake Coeur d'Alene ownership argued
(IDAHO) The ownership of Lake Coeur d'Alene was argued once again on Thursday, when 
attorneys for the State of Idaho and Coeur d'Alene Tribe appeared in Seattle before 
the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Court dates in Indian tribal fishing case delayed
(KALAMAZOO) -- A federal judge's decision to postpone a trial may increase the chances 
for an out-of-court settlement in a dispute over Indian fishing rights. 

On Sacajawea's land, no site for Shoshone
(SALMON, Idaho) Here in the valley where the Shoshone teen Sacajawea led Lewis and 
Clark to one of the most serendipitous encounters in the annals of discovery, the 
stores are full of Indian art, the pastures are grazed by Indian-bred horses, and the 
land itself is imprinted with Indian names. But there are no American Indians here. 

4th Judge Assigned To Casino Lawsuit Quits,1575,SAV-9912100044,00.html
(ILLINOIS) Groups fighting over the future of Illinois' new gambling law and a planned 
casino in Rosemont lost yet another judge Thursday when Lake County Circuit Judge 
Charles Scott said he had followed media coverage too closely to handle the case. 

Native Hawaiians Seek Reparations
(HONOLULU) (AP) -- More than a century ago, Queen Lili'uokalani was overthrown in a 
plot orchestrated by American businessmen and supported by American troops. 

Healing Lodge gets Wells Fargo grant
(SPOKANE) The Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations, a nonprofit Native American 
adolescent treatment center, received a $10,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation 
for cultural and education programs. 

Indian Religions, Telescope Clash Planned array site near sweat lodge
(ARIZONA) In a quiet canyon south of Tucson, Indian religious observances and the 
study of quasars appear to be on a collision course. 

President Clinton Signs into Law Administration's First Indian Water Rights Settlement
(WASHINGTON) -- President Clinton today signed into law the Chippewa Cree Tribe of The 
Rocky Boy's Reservation Indian Reserved Water Rights Settlement and Water Supply 
Enhancement Act of 1999. 

Another broken promise
(PICHER) The tons of mining wastes produced by some of the nation's largest lead and 
zinc mines originally were seen as an economic safety net for area Indian tribes. 
That's become just another broken promise. 

McCain Calls For Probe Of Slots With 'Child-Enticing Themes'
(LAS VEGAS) (AP) - Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Friday he will 
investigate the use of slot machines that feature such childlike themes as the board 
game Candy Land or "The Pink Panther" movie. 

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