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Coalition Supporting In-Person Tribal Sports Wagering Act Grows to More Than 80 Organizations

June 22, 2022

Civil Rights Groups, Faith Leaders, Business Advocates and Public Safety Organizations Join California’s Indian Tribes Supporting the November Ballot Measure

For Immediate Release: June 22, 2022
Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, (916) 813-1010
kfairbanks@bcfpublicaffairs.com

Sacramento, CA – Today the Coalition for Safe, Responsible Gaming announced that more than 80 civil rights organizations, faith leaders, public safety groups, business advocates and California Indian tribes have joined in a broad coalition to support the in-person, Tribal Sports Wagering Act which has qualified for the November 2022 California ballot.

The measure would authorize highly regulated tribal casinos and four licensed horse race tracks to offer in-person sports wagering. It also allows tribes to offer additional table and dice games such as craps and roulette. 

“The in-person, Tribal Sports Wagering Act is the responsible approach to authorizing sports wagering because it’s modeled off the successful model that Indian tribes have used to operate gaming for more than 20 years,” said Tracy Stanhoff, President of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California. “The revenue generated by this measure will bring tens of millions of dollars each year to our state budget and local governments alike. It will also support tens of thousands of jobs. It’s a win for tribes and all Californians.”

“Requiring individuals to be physically present in-person to place bets is the safest and most responsible way for California to legalize sports wagering,” said Bill Young, President, Riverside Sheriffs’ Association. “It is the best way to prevent underage gambling and ensure people are not placing bets illegally, and it provides funding for enforcement against illegal gambling and problem gambling programs.”

“California’s tribes have been strong partners to the San Diego community,” said, Al Abdallah, Chief Operating Officer of the Urban League of San Diego County. “The Tribal Sports Wagering Act will create new economic opportunities for tribes and all Californians – creating new jobs and revenues that will benefit our region as a whole.”

Tribal communities remain among some of the most impoverished communities in the country, but legal tribal gaming has been the main economic engine driving tribal self-sufficiency. The revenue generated by tribal gaming over the past 20 years has empowered California’s tribes to provide vital services like health care, housing, infrastructure and education to tribal members.

“I’ve seen first-hand the transformative impacts tribal gaming has had on our people – providing funding for essential services like housing, healthcare, infrastructure and education,” said Chairman Anthony Roberts, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. “The in-person, Tribal Sports Wagering Act will allow Indian tribes to build on this legacy as the responsible stewards of gaming in California. We’re proud to join with so many respected organizations as we make our case to the voters.”

Organizations in Support of the Tribal Sports Wagering Act*:

Social Justice and Faith-Based 

  • California Hawaii State Conference NAACP
  • AYPAL: Building API Community Power
  • Baptist Ministers Conference of Los Angeles and Southern California
  • Greater Sacramento Urban League
  • La Raza Roundtable of California
  • Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches
  • Los Angeles Urban League
  • National Action Network – Los Angeles
  • Racial Justice Allies of Sonoma County
  • Rural SURJ of Northern California
  • Santa Clarita Branch NAACP
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice – San Francisco
  • SURJ Mendocino Coast
  • SURJ Sacramento
  • SURJ Santa Barbara
  • SURJ North San Diego County
  • Urban League of San Diego County

Business 

  • American Indian Chamber of Commerce
  • Asian Business Association of San Diego
  • Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
  • Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce
  • El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce
  • Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • La Mesa Chamber of Commerce
  • Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
  • Murrieta-Temecula Group
  • Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce
  • Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce
  • Solvang Chamber of Commerce
  • Southwest California Legislative Council
  • Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Universal City /North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
  • Visit Temecula Valley

Public Safety 

  • California District Attorneys Association
  • Citizens for a Safe Ventura County
  • Deputy Sheriff’s Association of San Diego County
  • Riverside Sheriffs’ Association
  • San Diego Police Officers Association
  • Yolo County Fire Chiefs Association

Labor

  • Communications Workers of America (CWA)
  • SEIU Local 280

Veterans

  • Veterans Affiliated Council of Sacramento and Vicinity

Homelessness Advocates

  • Western Regional Advocacy Project

Local Government

  • Solano County Board of Supervisors
  • City of Winters

Political

  • California Young Democrats
  • Asian Americans for Good Government PAC
  • Kennedy Club of the San Joaquin Valley
  • Madera County Democratic Central Committee
  • Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee
  • Trinity County Democratic Central Committee
  • Tulare County Democratic Central Committee
  • Tulare County Stonewall Democrats

California Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations

  • California Nations Indian Gaming Association
  • Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
  • Barona Band of Mission Indians
  • The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria
  • Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians
  • Bishop Paiute Tribe
  • Chemehuevi Indian Tribe
  • Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians
  • Colusa Indian Community Council
  • Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians
  • Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
  • La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians
  • La Posta Band of Mission Indians
  • Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeño Indians
  • Manchester Point Arena of Pomo Indians
  • Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria
  • Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California
  • Pala Band of Mission Indians
  • Pechanga Band of Indians
  • Redwood Valley Little River Band of Pomo Indians
  • San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians
  • Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi-Yokota Tribe
  • Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
  • Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians
  • Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
  • Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians
  • Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians
  • Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians
  • Wiyot Tribe
  • Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation

*Partial List