More than 800,000 signatures were turned in across California in support of a ballot measure that would stop Indian casinos from being built outside reservation lands.
The referendum targets the North Fork Mono Indians' proposal for a casino 36 miles west of its rancheria, north of Madera. Gov. Jerry Brown approved the compact to allow construction on 305 acres of a 50-table, 2,000-slot project by Station Casinos.
Opponents of the proposed casino say voters 13 years ago approved Proposition 1A, which allows Indian gaming to take place only on a tribe's originally restored Indian lands.
North Fork Mono Indians claim they once inhabited land near Madera. They also contend their rancheria, which has 61 acres for housing, is too small for a casino.
Statewide, 504,760 signatures were required to place the measure on the November 2014 ballot. The signatures will have to be verified by county elections offices, a process that would last until January.
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