Monday, August 25, 2014

No Casino In Plymouth: Support requested

           The Indian casino proposed in 2003 for Plymouth would bring overwhelming traffic, crime, and financial burdens to our community and destroy our traditional foothill lifestyle.  With your support, No Casino In Plymouth (NCIP) has prevented this from happening for the past 11 years.  Your help is needed now more than ever.
           The Department of Interior approved the application to take the Plymouth parcels into trust for gaming purposes in May 2012 and NCIP immediately filed suit.  In an attempt to end the case quickly in our favor, NCIP filed a Motion for Judgment on the Pleading in February 2014. This past week the Court denied our motion based solely on procedural issues raised by the defendants. Significantly, the Court noted that the federal defendants did not address the merits of our motion. In addition the Court ordered that we file a Motion for Summary Judgment within 60 days.
           We now face a lengthy and costly trial in the Federal District Court. We remain confident that we will prevail when the facts of the case are heard and that our future motions will be decided on the merits. The next 12 to 18 months are critical and your continued support is extremely important.
           NCIP is joined in this suit by Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA).  CERA is a national organization that has participated in several Supreme Court cases, including the landmark 2009 Carcieri decision which stated that a tribe must be recognized as well as under federal jurisdiction in 1934 in order to be eligible to have land taken into trust. The “tribe” with casino plans for Plymouth does not meet either of those criterions.
           We are fortunate to have a knowledgeable, motivated legal team willing to work with us to minimize costs while presenting the strongest case possible.  With a strong case and with effective, experienced and dedicated representation we are confident we will prevail.
           Your financial help now is vital.  Without your continued financial support the time and effort of the past 11 years will have been for naught and the casino will become a reality. Tax deductible donations to support and continue the fight in federal court can be made in the following manner.

Please make your tax deductible donation payable to CERF (Citizens Equal Rights Foundation) with a notation that it is for the NCIP/CERA suit and mail to NCIP at the following address:
P.O. Box 82
Plymouth, California 95669

**NCIP is pleased to announce that CERA will be holding a one day Regional Conference on Fee to Trust and Indian Gamingat Plymouth City Hall on September 27th (9am-5pm  doors open at 8am).  Cost for the Conference is $15 with lunch and refreshments provided.  Space is limited so contact Butch Cranford at 209 245 4588 or email to reserve a seat or for more information. **

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