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Valley View Casino tribe fights over blood ties

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June 30, 2008

SAN DIEGO, CA - The San Diego Union-Tribune reported today "The San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians says about 50 members aren't really Indians and don't deserve the nearly $4,000 a month they each get in shared casino profits.

"The tribe, which runs the Valley View Casino in San Diego County, withheld the checks on Friday. The tribe also fired some members from tribal jobs and says it will evict them from their homes on tribal lands.

"The 300-member tribe contends the 50 don't have the blood requirements to be members because they have an ancestor who was adopted.

"But the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs says only it can decide who's a member and says the tribe acted improperly.

"A local BIA official says he's reported a potential violation to the National Indian Gaming Commission.

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