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State Officials Certifies Penchaga Tribe Referendum for February 2008

On November 17th, 2007, an American Indian tribe from Temecula's gaming agreement with the state will be decided by voters on February, according to Secretary of State Debra Bowen. Bowen allowed a referendum proposal between the state and the Penchanga Band of Luiseno Indians.

It would allow the Indian tribe to increase the total of the slot machines they offer to 5,500 slot machines in their casino. The tribe needs to pay the state $300 million every year. Opponents of the deal need to get 434,000 voter signatures to allow the referendum. Election officials used a sampling process that the campaign gave in almost 479,000 signatures.

There is no immediate reaction from the Penchanga leaders. The Penchanga gaming agreement is one of the four gaming compacts that are targeted by casino employees' union and two horse racing tracks. They stated that the gaming agreement failed to protect employees and would only affect the horse racing industry.

Officials are still investigating the petition signatures for the referendum on the gaming compact between the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in the Coachella Valley, the Morongo Band of Missions in Banning and the Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians in El Cajon.

 

12/03/2007 06:21 PM
Richard Kennedy