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Federal Appeals Court Upholds California’s Indian Casino Law

A federal appeals court upheld California´s tribal gambling law today – ruling that it violates no federal law even though it gives tribes special privileges to operate casinos.

The 9th Appellate Court in San Francisco ruled against four Bay Area card clubs trying to stop the state´s first urban casino in San Pablo.

The justices ruled the ballot measure approved by California voters in March 2000 does indeed give American Indians a monopoly on Nevada-style gaming, which includes slot machines and blackjack. But it found the state´s decision to permit tribal casinos violates neither the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act nor the U.S. constitutional guarantee of equal protection.