Calif. Gov. Signs Two New Tribal Gambling Compacts

Law360, New York (August 21, 2017, 6:27 PM EDT) -- The Golden State has signed two new tribal-state gambling compacts under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act for the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians and the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown announced on Friday. 
The agreements cover slot machines, banking card games and California State Lottery games that have been authorized under state law, the compacts said.

“The compacts respect the strong government-to-government relationships that the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians and the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians have with local jurisdictions by affirming existing agreements that address issues important to each tribe and their local community in a manner that reflects their values and unique historical background,” a statement from the governor’s office said on Friday. “The terms of each compact reflect the tribes' specific circumstances and the markets in which each tribe operates its gaming facility.”

The new gambling compacts with the Tuolumne Band and the Dry Creek were individually negotiated, the governor’s office said, and include licensing and compliance enforcement provisions, plus provisions for any effects that the businesses may have off the reservations, as well as certain protections for patrons and employees.

“The regulatory provisions respect the authority of each tribe's professional regulators and build upon their constructive relationships with state gaming regulators,” the announcement said.

The tribes are permitted under the agreements to run up to two gambling facilities on lands held in their trust. The Tuolumne Band is entitled to have up to 2,000 slot machines, and the Dry Creek can operate up to 1,200 of the devices, according to their respective compacts.

The gambling agreements can be altered at any time as long as both parties have come to a mutual and written agreement, the compacts said.

Labor relations disputes are to be resolved through a tribal labor panel of 10 appointed arbitrators, the compact said.

The agreements will not go into effect until they are ratified in accordance with state law, the compacts said.

The governor also announced amendments to the tribal-state gambling compacts that currently exist between California and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the United Auburn Indian Community.

The amended compact agreement with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and the United Auburn Indian Community brings in line older provisions — such as those relating to workers’ compensation and gambling activities — with the terms of more recent agreements, the governor’s office said.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ amended compact clarifies ambiguity that existed around the use of certain tribal trust land, the office said.

Representatives for the parties were not immediately available to comment on Monday.