Governor Backs Tribes In Court Battle

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has stepped into the tribal gaming controversy by backing the Agua Caliente tribe’s lawsuit that seeks to block a public vote on its renegotiated gambling compacts with the state.

Earlier this week California Secretary of State Debra Bowen set in train the last of four referenda that seek to overturn casino expansion agreements that Schwarzenegger signed and the Legislature approved with the Agua Caliente, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.

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