A recent landmark appeal court ruling in California which found that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had strong-armed tribes over revenue sharing agreements is unlikely to be enough to reverse a growing tide of anti-sovereignty sentiment.
For two decades American Indians have complained that states have been extorting unreasonable if not illegal revenue sharing agreements from tribal governments in exchange for the right to operate casinos.
Tribal leaders claim revenue sharing called for in the agreements, referred to as “compacts” under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, violate the intent if not the letter of the act, which prohibits taxation of tribal governments.
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