Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Conflict of laws and jurisdiction in pandemic management: San Diego County and Native American owned casinos

Federally-recognized Native American tribes are considered nations somewhat independent of states and local jurisdictions. 

Of course that includes large and small "reservations," but also casinos ("Casinos Lead to Tribal Sovereignty Woes," AP; "Reconciling the Paradox of Tribal Sovereignity: Three Frameworks for Developing Indian Gaming Law and Policy," Nevada Law Journal [2003]).

San Diego County has no ability to forbid the Kumeyaay Nation from reopening the Sycuan Casino or the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians from reopening the Valley View Casino ("County to call on feds to help block tribal casinos from reopening Monday," San Diego Union-Tribune; "Valley View and Sycuan casinos plan to reopen next week," Riverside Press-Enterprise).

Even though if people become sick from the coronavirus, it is the County, its hospitals and public health agencies, that will have to deal it.

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