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So I've been trying to figure this out for weeks and I can't find the answer anywhere.

No one brings this up, and maybe I'm just ignorant of how the political system works and it's perfectly normal for foreign entities to use bribes, err... "lobbying" to affect laws in sovereign state they are not a member of.

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Perhaps I misunderstand the whole Native American Sovereign Land thing, but as far as I know and can tell, Native American Reservation Land is considered sovereign territory and not bound by the laws of The United States.

So why then, do these purveyors of probably the most popular gambling establishment in our state have any say in whether or not online poker is legal in California?

Of course they don't want it legalized, they lose business. Businesses don't like to lose money and neither do their investors and stock holders, so all companies will do anything they can to maintain and increase profits and prevent decrease. It's the way any business works. A business is not a person, contrary to the idiotic corrupt supreme court ruling. Businesses do not have morals or a conscience, you would be hard pressed to find one that operated ethically, though they do exist.

So since Pechanga has a conflict of interest, why does every article I read claim that if "The Pechanga Coalition" doesn't get everything it's little heart desires, then the CITIZENS of California, which is located in The United States of America, are assed out and don't get what they want even though polls are showing a majority of Californian voters WANT ONLINE POKER TO BE LEGAL!

The Native American Casinos in California have been draining our economy for DECADES! BILLIONS of dollars leaving our economy into foreign hands EVERY YEAR. And now that we are trying to keep some of that money in our financially fledgling state, the very people who have been bilking us and draining us dry are the people we have to ask for permission?

I don't understand at all. Can someone PLEASE PLEASE help me understand this!

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So why then, do these purveyors of probably the most popular gambling establishment in our state have any say in whether or not online poker is legal in California?

Any citizen has a say in the laws of the land. Native Americans are American Citizens: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_Americans_in_the_United_States#Native_Americans_and_U.S._Citizenship

As for lobbying, I'd say claiming the reservations are 'foreign' is a stretch, but regardless, there's all sorts of precedent for lobbying by foreign interests: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobbying_in_the_United_States#Foreign_lobbying

Perhaps I misunderstand the whole Native American Sovereign Land thing

I think you're confusing the concept of tribal sovereignty with the status of the land the tribes posses (the reservation). Tribal sovereignty refers to the rights of Indian Tribes to self govern within the confines of their land (the reservation). Said land is still within the confines of the United States. It's just that they are allowed to have their own laws as well: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribal_sovereignty_in_the_United_States

As for your gripe that a majority of the people want something but aren't getting it, alas, that's not how our system always works.

  • Great Answer! I had this up on another exchange site for months with nothing. Thanks for all the info, I see I was very confused on this issue indeed and you helped clear it up! – Tech Savant Oct 22 '15 at 13:57

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