Amador Dealt A Blow In Court Over Casino

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Amador Dealt A Blow In Court Over Casino

Amador County has lost another round in Federal Court to stop a Casino in Plymouth.  Last week, a District of Columbia Circuit Court backed a lower court’s decision to toss Amador County’s suit challenging a U.S. Department of the Interior decision supporting a proposed tribal casino, saying the tribe and the county agreed in a 1987 deal that the tribe would be treated as a federally recognized reservation.  The DOI had argued that the 1987 deal showed clear intent by the county and the tribe to treat the Rancheria as an Indian reservation under all federal laws pertaining to tribes and individual Indians, which includes the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.   However, the county has insisted that the 1987 deal merely resolved the unpaid taxes the tribe owed the county.  Under the 1987 agreement, the tribe and the county agreed that the Buena Vista Rancheria had not been lawfully terminated by the California Rancheria Act, and that the original boundaries of the Rancheria would be restored and that all federal laws relating to tribes would apply to the Rancheria.   The three-judge panel affirmed the March 2016 dismissal of Amador County’s suit by U.S. District Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein, who found that a 1987 settlement of tax issues between the county and the Buena Vista Rancheria of Miwuk Indians blocked the county from challenging the tribe’s casino plans. The County is currently fighting the Buena Vista Band of Miwuk Indians over the proposed Plymouth casino and the Ione Band of Miwuk over a proposed casino in the Jackson Valley.   While the exact figures are unavailable, it’s rumored the County has spent hundreds of thousands of dollar in their fight to block both casinos.

 

Written by KVGC Staff