Indian Gaming Today

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Reservation Shopping in Richmond, CA?

The Richmond, CA city council approved a contract for a tribal casino project with the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians that would pay the city $335 million over 20 years. The Scotts Valley Band is landless, and is seeking BIA approval for reservation land in the East Bay area.

But critics question the tribe's historical ties to the land, and accuse the tribe of "reservation shopping." "A lot of people are crying wolf about reservation shopping (by tribes)," Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier, a Phoenix attorney who specializes in Indian gaming law, has said. "It just hasn't happened."


  • It seems that the term "reservations shopping" is happening more and more these days. You hear of tribes of one person setting up a casino somewhere, which doesn't seem right, but why make a big stink out of it when it will make another excuse for the government to be involved in something they don't need to be.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Monday, December 11, 2006 4:44:00 PM  

  • The term "Reservation Shopping" was actually coined by Jack Abramoff as a means of attacking the competitors of his clients. It's a catchy phrase, but seems more effective at stirring emotions than creating understanding. How about we do away with it?
    (Good luck with your new blog effort.)

    By Blogger calplanr, at Wednesday, December 13, 2006 5:08:00 PM  

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