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November 18, 2022 Tribal, Legal

Governor Gavin Newsom releases statement on Tribal-State gaming compacts

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The US Department of the Interior decided to approve Class III gaming compacts with two Tribes.

After the US Department of the Interior decided to approve Class III gaming compacts with the Tejon Indian Tribe and the Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statement. 

Back in August, Governor Newsom signed two separate compacts and was recently reelected as the California State Governor. 

The statement reads: "For the first time in more than 15 years, the U.S. Department of the Interior has affirmatively approved compacts with California tribes for class III gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. 

"California is proud of the work in partnership with the Tejon Indian Tribe and the Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria to negotiate these compacts, which ensure Indian gaming benefits all tribes in the state and that impacts to local communities are mitigated. 

"The state and other tribes now have a clear path forward to finalize additional compacts for approval under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act."

Newsom's reelection comes only a year after the attempt of some Californians to recall the governor. In total, 62% of voters were against his removal, according to the results of the September 2021 recall election.

In his first reelection ad, Newsom stated: "As your governor, I promise you, whatever challenges come our way, I will always lead California based on compassion, common sense, telling the truth, following science, treasuring our diversity and defending our democracy."

Newsom beat Republican state senator Brian Dahle, receiving 56.2% of the votes compared to the 17.5% of votes that went to Dahle. 

As a result of his victory, rumors of Governor Newsom running for president have been put on hold. 

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