Published July 7, 2016
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) released the following statement after the Supreme Court denied to hear petitions in California v. Pauma Band of Luiseño Mission Indians of the Pauma and Yuima Reservation and Pauma Band of Luiseño Mission Indians v. California, affirming the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ opinion that the state made certain misrepresentations during gaming compact negotiations, requiring the tribe to share greater slot machine revenues with the state of California. The 9th Circuit ruling upheld a lower court’s order for the state of California to repay the tribe with $32.6 million for the overpaid funds.
“I strongly agree with the Supreme Court’s decision to not interfere with 9th Circuit’s previous ruling requiring the state of California to repay the Pauma Band of Luiseño Mission Indians $32.6 million.”
“This is a major victory for the Pauma Band of Luiseño Mission Indians. I believe that California must respect the tribe’s sovereignty and repay the tribe for the overpaid funds unfairly obtained by the state.”
“There is a long and shameful history in our country of states displacing tribal treaty rights, oppressing tribes and unethically taking advantage of tribes. Going forward, I hope the outcome of this litigation will sternly warn California and other states that they must treat the tribes fairly and with dignity and respect.”