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November 05, 2014

The ballot measure, Proposition 48, that would have allowed for off reservation casinos was denied by Californian voters.

Opposing groups to the bill presented it as a way for Native Americans to develop Las Vegas style casinos off of their land.

Gov. Jerry Brown and California state Legislature approved the law for the North Fork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians. The tribe was approved to develop a casino that would be located nearly 40 miles from their reservation and about 25 miles from Table Mountain casino. The North Fork Casino would also be allowed to opperate 2,000 gaming and slot machines.

Table Mountain Rancheria tribe opposed the North Fork tribe casino stating that the tribe was looking for an area closer to a city center. That the tribe was reservation shopping for a better casino location.

However, the North Fork tribe stated to have claim to the land in the 1850's.

The federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act permits casinos to be developed on reservation land that was established before 1988. However, land that was taken into trust after that time would not qualify.

However, the secretary of Interior is allowed to give exceptions to tribes where it benefits a tribe to acquire new land. As long as any near by communities are unaffected.

The local community was in favor of the proposed North Fork casino. The project would create 4,500 jobs.

Proposition 48 was rejected by 60 percent of the votes.

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