Official Title: Tribal-State Gaming Compacts. Tribal Casinos.

Official election results are available from the Secretary of State


62.4 %


37.6 %



The way it is now:
The state of California has limits on legal gambling. It prohibits casino-style slot machines and allows horse racing, bingo for charitable purposes, and the California State Lottery.

What Prop. 5 would do: The state would be required to enter into an agreement to allow gambling such as lotteries, slot machines and horse race betting on Indian lands for those tribes that want to do this. If any tribe wants a different agreement, the Governor woud have to work out another one with them.

What it would cost: It is difficult to determine the cost.





This measure would protect Native Americans' rights to have limited gambling on their tribal land.

Prop 5 would help Indian tribes become more self-supporting.
Federal law already guarantees that tribes can operate casinos with slot machines on their lands with an agreement from the Governor.

Prop 5 Indian gambling, which pays no taxes on casino winnings, would be expanded


Californians for Indian Self-Reliance
Committee ID# 980247
PO Box 252039
Los Angeles, CA 90025-8928
phone: (800) 258-7471

Californians for Native American Rights and for Proposition 5
Committee ID# 981874
10 East Tregallas Road
Antioch, CA 94509
phone: (925) 757-4271

Coalition Against Unregulated Gambling
Committee ID# 981499
915 L Street, Suite C119
Sacramento, CA 95814
phone: (800) 866-6433

Stand up for California
Committee ID# 981803
7911 Logan Lane
Penryn, CA 95663
phone: (916) 663-3207

WHO SIGNED THE OFFICIAL BALLOT PAMPHLET ARGUMENTS Daniel Tucker, Chairman, Californians for Indian Self-Reliance; Mary Ann Andreas, Tribal Chairperson, Morongo Band of Mission Indians; David R. Edwards, Tribal Chairman, Tyme-Maidu Tribe. Griselda Barajas, Small Business Owner; Jack Gribbon, California Political Director, Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union, AFL-CIO; Sheriff Glen Craig, Former President, California Police Officers' Association.


Follow the money - CVF has compiled summary campaign finance information and a list of top ten contributors for each ballot measure committee that has filed a report with the Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State's Voter Information Guide - features the Attorney General's summary, official pro/con arguments, the Legislative Analyst's analysis (including background information, details of the proposal, and the fiscal effect of the measure) and the full text of this measure.

The California Journal - provides independent, in-depth analysis, including background on the issue and arguments for and against the measure.

The League of Women Voters' Pro/Con Analysis - provides an excellent, nonpartisan review of this measure.

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Final update December 12, 1998

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