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Congratulations to our California Native American Delegation to the Democratic National Convention!

Charlotte North Carolina on September 3 - 6, 2012
Tribal Chairman Mark A. Macarro
Tribal Council Members:
Mary Ann Andreas
Charles Martin
Andrew Masiel, Sr.
Corrine R. Garbani Sanchez
Daniel J. Tucker
At- Large Alternates
Russell G Murphy
Richard W Sanchez

February 2012 CA Legislative Report

The second half of the 2011-2012 CA legislative year looks as though it is going to be a busy year for Indian country.  Word around the Capitol building is that Legislators will introduce several measures impacting Tribes, ranging from Internet Poker to CEQA changes.  Legislators have until February 24 to introduce new bills for consideration in 2012. 

Issues that will be considered in 2012 are:

Sacred Sites

  • AB 742 (Lowenthal & 38 co-authors) – would prohibit a lead agency from approving a reclamation plan for an aggregate mining operation if the proposed land is located within a specified distance of the external boundaries of an Indian reservation, a Native American sacred site, or the San Margarita River, unless the tribe whose reservation is nearest the operation consents to the operation. This is the bill the Luiseno Tribes sponsored and supported to save their place of origin.  The bill is pending in the Senate Rules Committee and county hearings continue.

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