(Sandy Huffaker / For The San Diego Union-Tribune) Chairman Bo Mazzetti of the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians speaks during a press conference about a proposal to repeal barriers to tribes expanding their reservations and enacting less-strict criteria to obtain liquor licenses. Proposal would also loosen liquor license requirements and create tribal liaison
San Diego County has prohibited the region’s 18 tribes from expanding their reservations for more than two decades. That ban, which was put into place when casino operations were proliferating at the turn of the century, could be lifted next week.
County Board of Supervisors Jim Desmond and Nora Vargas will propose Wednesday that the county repeal previously approved resolutions stifling tribal growth.
As part of the action, it would remove a blanket opposition to tribes processing fee-to-trust applications that transfer land purchased by tribes or tribal members to a trust under the U.S. government, allowing tribes to govern over and benefit from that land instead of the county.
Wednesday’s proposal would also scale back the current strict requirements for tribes to obtain liquor licenses, and it would establish a tribal liaison to strengthen the government-to-government relationship between the county and each of the region’s tribal governments.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs fee-to-trust process supports tribes’ rights to self-determination, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior website. Many federal programs and services to support tribal members are only available on reservations or trust lands.
Trust acquisitions allow tribes to develop the land they purchase as housing for tribal members, to […]