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."