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Old 07-03-2011, 07:58 AM
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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Originally Posted by ColoNative View Post
Cool! Now I don't have to go to Chumash to see all the washed-up bands! Where they gonna build it, on that patch of ground in front of Wal*Mart?

Don't you need a Res & indians before you can have a casino?

When I was working for OSH Commercial Services a couple years ago I had to send letters to wineries, seems like there were nearly 200 in the north county, but that includes a few independent vineyards that don't actually produce wine. IMHO, they also use up way too much of our aquifer for something that is a luxury while I'm on watering restrictions "to conserve precious water". But, I suppose if I brought in a billion dollars a year I could use as much water as I want.
Yep, about 200 in north county and more in south county.
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:29 AM
Location: Paso Robles, CA
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Originally Posted by .highnlite View Post
Don't you need a Res & indians before you can have a casino?
That would be helpful lol. The Salinans already have legally recognized cultural ties to Paso (the aforementioned plot in front of Walmart). If they wanted to they could also petition for cultural significance of Mission San Miguel. If I remember correctly there are a few hundred Salinans buried there. Since they were never given a Reservation why not put it here, they truck stop between here and San Miguel would be a good spot.

In case anyone thinks that couldn't happen, it has. The Snoqualmie Tribe lost recognition in about 1955, later petitioned for re-recognition. They were granted this in 1999 and given a small reservation. Conveniently, the reservation is just big enough to hold a decent sized casino, which they built. There have probably been other tribes who have pulled this off, I just have an affinity for the Suquamish tribes up north so I'm familiar with the story. Never underestimate a determined First Nation tribe, or a financially strapped legislature looking for a new source of revenue.

Snoqualmie Tribe (http://www.snoqualmienation.com/about/about.htm - broken link)
read near the bottom starting at "In October of 1999".

Both the Salinan Nation and Salinan Tribe of Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties have been petitioning for Federal recognition. I say good luck to them and bring that awesome buffet and those washed up bands here. We could use something different. Wineries and bean feeds in the park are only interesting for so long.

Oh, and it turns out that we already have a 'casino' here. The Central Coast Casino at Black Oak Lodge. Two tables!
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