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Sovereignty of Indian tribes at stake

2003-01-27 00:00:00

Governor Gray Davis of California has made a proposal to tax the state's Indian tribes for 25% of the take from slot machines, which is estimated to amount to a total of 1.5 billion dollars.

The Indian tribes state this is in violation with the tribes' sovereignty, as no state law is superior to the law of the Native American tribes. In fact the constitution treats all sovereign governments equally, including countries, states *and* American Indian tribes.

Sean Walsh, a former spokesman to Gov. Pete Wilson, says "The Indian tribes hold all the cards...(Davis)... is asking the tribes to bail him out of a fiscal mess, and they don't seem inclined to do so."