Twenty years ago, on February 25, 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in California v. Cabazon Band of Mission Indians. Cabazon was a landmark case because it kicked open the door for Indian gaming. At the time, though, no one quite new how significant it would be.
Today, the Cabazon Band's gaming operations look a lot different than they did in 1987. The modest bingo parlor and card room have morphed into the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, featuring "Las Vegas action" and headliners including Dolly Parton, George Carlin, Reba McIntyre, and Jamie Foxx. Meat Loaf will perform on February 25, two decades to the day after the Band won its landmark case before the Supreme Court. Paradise by the slot machine lights?
Check out our op ed on Cabazon here (and please excuse the newspaper’s editorial error in stating that Cabazon is 25).
A transcript of the oral arguments in the case is available here on the Oyez Project web site.