United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta would like to see Native American tribes in California offer in-person sports betting at their casinos.
Huerta voiced his support for the tribal sports betting law in an announcement Wednesday.
The Tribal Sports Betting Act will appear on the November ballot. If adopted, tribal casinos and some racetracks will be able to offer in-person sports betting. Casinos would also have access to roulette and dice games like craps.
“Latino and Indigenous communities have a deeply intertwined history of oppression and are treated as second-class citizens in California,” Huerta said in a statement. “Tribal gaming has given Indian tribes in California the resources to fight generational poverty, oppression and disenfranchisement. The In-Person Tribal Sports Betting Act will allow tribes to create new economic opportunities for their members and all Californians through safe and responsible sports betting.
While the Tribal Gaming initiative is already on the November ballot, a competing online initiative may also be added soon, once signatures are certified.
This initiative, titled California Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Act, would legalize sports betting outside of tribal lands.
Companies such as FanDuel, DraftKings and BetMGM – the backers of the initiative – could offer online sports betting by partnering with an Indian tribe.
Despite this proposed partnership, Huerta spoke out against the online gambling initiative, calling it “misguided and dangerous.”
“This measure is a direct attack on India’s self-sufficiency which would also expose the young and disadvantaged to the perils of online gambling,” Huerta said. “We are no strangers to corporations that view California as nothing more than a piggy bank to extract wealth at the expense of the underprivileged. That’s why I urge all Californians to stand against this deceptive online gambling scheme.
The Tribal Gaming Initiative would impose a 10% tax on sports bets placed at racetracks, which would fund problem gambling and mental health research within the California Department of Public Health, enforcement of rules of the game and would go into the general state fund.
On the other hand, the online sports betting proposal would impose a 10% tax on all sports bets. The tax revenue would be used to address the state’s homelessness crisis, 15% of which would go to Native American tribes not involved in online sports betting.
Opponents of the tribal sports betting initiative fear that the state’s many gambling halls are suffering from a loophole in the law that would allow tribes to bring an infinite number of lawsuits against them over an extension. of the Private Attorneys General Act.