Court Upholds Governor’s Power to Allow Indian Casinos

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — A California appeals court has upheld the governor’s authority to allow casinos on Native American land.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal on Thursday said the governor has not illegally assumed power to decide whether federal officials are correct in permitting a casino. To allow a casino, federal officials must determine it would be in the best interest of the tribe and would not be detrimental to the surrounding community.

The governor needs to agree with that decision under federal law for a casino project to move forward.

The 3rd District’s ruling came in a lawsuit by a Native American tribe that argued that the power to concur rightly belonged to the state legislature.

The tribe, the United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria, was trying to block another tribe from putting up a casino.

A spokesman for United Auburn did not immediately have comment.