How Native Americans in California thwarted the odds | Dan Walter | Journalist

You can’t turn on your TV or click on a YouTube video these days without being subjected to a deluge of ads for and against California’s ballot measures that would legalize betting on sporting events.

Virtually all of these spots feature members of California’s Native American tribes. Most tribes oppose Proposition 27, an online gambling measure sponsored primarily by FanDuel and other gaming companies, saying it would hurt the finances of casino-owning tribes. However, a few tribes that don’t have casinos are touting Proposition 27, saying its provisions would help them escape poverty.

No matter what happens to Proposition 27 or Proposition 26, which is sponsored by casino-owning tribes and would expand their virtual gambling monopoly, the intense campaigns remind Californians of their state’s very large Native American population.

CALmatters is a public interest journalism company committed to explaining how the California State Capitol works and why it matters. Dan Walters has been a journalist for nearly 60 years, spending most of those years working for California newspapers.

Nohemi M. Moore