U.S. District Judge rules against the Mishewal Wappo tribe effort for Federal recognition
Rex Stults of the Napa Valley Vintners talks about the immediate and long term impacts of the court’s ruling and what it means now for casinos in Napa.
Congressman MIKE THOMPSON STATEMENT ON WAPPO TRIBE RULING
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) today released the following statement after U.S. District Court Judge ruled against the Mishewal Wappo tribe in their suit against the federal government seeking status restoration. Had the tribe been successful in its suit, land in Napa County would have been placed into federal trust, exempting it from all local and state regulations.
“More than 50 years after the Wappo tribe was congressionally derecognized, an attempt to circumvent Congress and the U.S. Department of Interior by going through the courts rightfully failed,” said Thompson. “The motivation behind this lawsuit was clear. By the group’s own admission, if the lawsuit was successful, they would have attempted to build a casino in Napa or Sonoma Counties. This ruling respects separation of powers, complies with established statute of limitations law, and protects our region’s important agricultural lands from Las Vegas-style gambling.”
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