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Delay On Vote To Revise Reservation Expansion Policy Draws Criticism From Tribal Leaders

Bo Mazzetti, chair of the Rincon Band; Danny Tucker, chair of the Sycuan Band...

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Above: Bo Mazzetti, chair of the Rincon Band; Danny Tucker, chair of the Sycuan Band and Alan Lawson, chair of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, appearing before the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 11, 2011.

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A decades-old policy that places a number of barriers to the region's tribes in acquiring land will be revisited next month by the County Board of Supervisors.

Aired: April 14, 2021 | Transcript

The San Diego Board of Supervisors recently delayed voting on a proposal that would lift a number of barriers to the region’s tribes in expanding their reservations.

If repealed, the decades-old restrictions would phase out restrictions on obtaining liquor licenses and would set up a tribal liaison to foster communication between the county and each of the region’s 18 tribal governments.

Though a new vote is set for May 5th, the decision to delay a decision on the policy has been met with sharp criticism by tribal leadership, who see the outdated restrictions as part of a larger legacy of racism and discrimination in county law.

Chairman Bo Mazzetti of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians joined Midday Edition on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing issues with the regions tribes.

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