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  Governator Releases Tribal Gaming Policy Statement
May 18, 2005

The following was just received from Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay describing a policy statement from Governor Schwarzeneger regarding tribal gaming which included the following points:

1.  He will oppose any proposal for federal acquisition of lands within urbanized areas intended to facilitate gaming activities.

2.  He will not engage in negotiations for tribal-state gaming compacts where the Indian tribe does not have Indian lands eligible for class III gaming.

3.  He will consider requests for gubernatorial concurrence only when:

     -   the land that is sought for class III gaming activity is not in an urbanized area;

     -   the local jurisdiction in which the tribe's proposed gaming project is located supports the project;

     -   the tribe and the local jurisdiction demonstrate that the affected local community supports the project, such as by a local advisory vote;

     -   the project substantially serves a clear, independent public policy separate and apart from any increased economic benefit or financial contribution to the State, community or the Indian tribe.

4.  He will support legislative ratification and Department of Interior approval of each compact negotiated by his administration, including the one compact for a casino in an urban area that is not yet ratified by the Legislature.

5.           For purposes of his policy, "urbanized area" means the definition of that term as defined in Public Resources Code section 21071(a).  (Note:  A list of affected cities is attached to his policy statement and includes the City of Richmond.  The policy essentially applies to cities in excess of 100,000 in population.)