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Big Supreme Court Win for Rincon Band
by Michael Gardner, June 27, 2011 (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
SACRAMENTO — The U.S. Supreme Court Monday sided with a North San Diego County Indian tribe that had challenged the state’s bid to exact money from casinos in return for permission to add slot machines.
The court, without comment, declined to hear an appeal of an earlier 9th Circuit Court of Appeal ruling in 2008 that declared the assessment illegal.
The decision is a big win for gaming tribes that had claimed former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s demands for money in return for gambling expansions amounted to an illegal tax.
The Rincon Band of Luiseno Mission Indians led the court challenge...READ THE SAN DIEGO U-T NEWS ARTICLE.
Soboba tribal member Joseph Burton played a college basketball game for President Barack Obama and the first family, and met them later at the White House. Joseph is a 2009 graduate of West Valley High School and won a full basketball scholarship with Oregon State University OSU — Joseph is the second Soboba tribal member to meet a sitting president.
|Soboba 62-Year Water Struggle Not Over Yet
Just when the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians thought their water battles were over...the Obama administration has decided that it doesn’t have the money to pay Soboba the $11 million dollars the federal government owes the tribe...(submitted by Ernie Salgado July 7, 2009)
U.S. ARMY STAFF SARGENT Conrad Begaye, Navajo, receives the Silver Star in recognition for his leadership and valor during an enemy ambush Nov. 9, 2007, in Nuristan Province.
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