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Soboba Casino license in jeopardy after clashes

 The Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff has requested from federal authorities to shut down the California's Soboba Casino after clashes between police and residents on the tribe's reservation. Sheriff Sniff has sent a letter to the National Indian Gaming Commission, the agency which regulates the Indian casinos, with a request for stripping the tribe from their casino license. The request comes after five members of the tribe have been shot in clashes with the police during the past few months. According to reports, the tribe does not allow police to enter the reservation without a warrant, claiming it is illegal for sheriffs' deputies to patrol sovereign tribal land without it. In return the Sheriff is attempting to pull out the casino license from the tribe. The National Indian Gaming Commission confirmed that they have received the Sheriff's letter, but declined to elaborate on any action the agency may take.

 Published on 07/30/2008

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