California Appellate Court Orders Cal. Miwok to Pay Costs in Revenue Sharing Matter

Here is the unpublished opinion in California Valley Miwok Tribe v. California Gambling Control Commission (Cal. Ct. App. — 4th Dist.): D068909

An excerpt:

Plaintiff California Valley Miwok Tribe (the Tribe) appeals from the trial court’s award of costs in favor of defendant California Gambling Control Commission (the Commission), following the Commission’s successful summary judgment against the Tribe in its lawsuit seeking an order requiring the Commission to pay over the funds to the Tribe from the Indian Gaming Revenue Sharing Trust Fund (RSTF). The Tribe contends that it is protected by tribal sovereign immunity from incurring any obligation to pay costs to the prevailing defendant in a lawsuit that it initiated. As we will explain, the Tribe’s position lacks merit, and accordingly we affirm the award of costs.

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One Response to California Appellate Court Orders Cal. Miwok to Pay Costs in Revenue Sharing Matter

  1. Tiger Paulk says:

    Not only has the California Valley Miwok Tribe been financially put back into the stone age by refusal of the BIA and the California Gambling Control Commission to release their rightful funds,
    but now they even owe some of said funds to the state of California. The Commission will not have an issue putting their hands in the cookie jar for the state though.

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