2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 19:02:31 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE: Point Molate (CA) Casino
For Guidiville Band, a casino isn't the main point

Tribal vice-chairperson Donald Duncan was in good spirits on Tuesday. The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors had just unanimously agreed to support the tribe's casino project at Point Molate.

By Phoebe Fronistas
Richmond Confidential (CA)
November 13, 2009

The Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians doesn't talk about the proposed casino resort at Point Molate without bringing up their history. Opponents are concerned about urban gaming, social ills and environmental dangers to the Richmond promontory. But for the Guidiville Band, the salient issue is their quest for a homeland large enough for the entire tribe to live on.

"Point Molate is the culmination of a 160-year effort for lands that were taken away in 1850," vice-chairperson Donald Duncan told the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors on Nov. 3. The main challenge the tribe faces is to persuade West County residents that they (and their enterprise) would be good neighbors.

The Guidiville Band's lawyer, Little Fawn Boland, works for the Native American-owned Rosette & Associates. She is a member of the Piro-Manso-Tiwa of the San Juan de Guadalupe Pueblo. Her tribe applied for federal recognition in 1970. They are still waiting. "When you have no land and lack recognition, it is hard to stay together, the tribal membership ends up moving away and becomes a diaspora," she said. "It is hard to maintain to maintain your culture, your language and you have a brain drain. That's why you need to create opportunities on your own land. Gaming is just a way to pay for it all."


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