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This article argues that the "Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) has comprised and is in contradiction to the relationship between the United States government and the Native American tribes of California." The policies of the Act undermine the principle that Native American tribes be treated as sovereign nations. Arguments from precedent and history are marshaled to illustrate contradiction in IGRA decisions. A history of California's Native American tribes, their prospect for economic self-sufficiency, and the current importance of their gaming industry is offered. The author concludes with a plea to California voters to turn jurisdiction over Native American tribes granted to the state under IGRA back to the federal government, or to allow tribes to stand as sovereign nations in relation to the state.

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