Now they want to cut in to yet another profitable venue that the native americans dominate in. http://www.modbee.com/local/story/8024495p-8887980c.html PALM SPRINGS -- Confronted with a proposed initiative to end their voter-approved monopoly on slot machines, California Indian casino tribes have begun assembling an arsenal that includes legal challenges, lots of money -- and possibly an initiative of their own. "This is clearly the first step toward a massive expansion of non-Indian gaming in the state," California Nations Indian Gaming Association Chairman Anthony Miranda told attendees last week at the ninth annual Western Indian Gaming Conference. "It goes without saying that this initiative must be resisted." The proposed measure, drafted and bankrolled by the state's horse racing and card room industries, would require California tribes with casinos to contribute 25 percent of their revenues to the state and meet other requirements. If any one tribe failed to do so, or if the proposed initiative were thwarted by the governor, Legislature, federal government or courts, five racetracks and 11 card rooms would be allowed to have a total of as many as 30,000 slot machines. Once the measure is certified by the state attorney general, which should occur next week, proponents must gather about 665,000 valid signatures of registered voters to put the plan on the November ballot. Racetracks and card rooms long have complained that they are handicapped in selling their gambling products because only Indian tribes can operate slot machines, and only on federally recognized tribal lands. Slots are the single most lucrative gambling device in the country. But the tribes, most of them in rural areas, fear slots at tracks and card rooms in urban areas would cut deeply into their business. Tuolumne County is home to two Indian casinos: Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne City and Chicken Ranch Bingo & Casino in Jamestown. "This is self-preservation for the tribes, and they are going to take this as seriously as they need to," said Howard Dickstein, a Sacramento attorney who represents five casino tribes, including some in Placer, Yolo and Amador counties. Tribal officials and their attorneys are working on a strategy to defeat the proposed initiative. Part of that, sources said, could be for the tribes to sponsor their own initiative that would let voters decide some details of compacts between the tribes and the state, including extending the length of the current compacts, which expire in 2020.