New federal rules and California communities

08/04/2014 5:08 AM

08/04/2014 5:33 PM

Re "Indian gambling opponents criticize proposed change to federal tribe recognition" (Capitol & California, July 9): A recent article published by The Sacramento Bee regarding new roles that would increase the number of Indian tribes was stunning. How could these rules be introduced in May without the involvement of California's elected officials?

The article states that the new regulation could result in over 30 new tribes and nearly two dozen new casinos in California. This rapid increase is of vital significance, and our representatives in Congress should be paying close attention. I urge them to work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to ensure that California's communities are not harmed.

-- Elida A. Malick, DVM, Fiddltown

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