- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California will pay a Southern California Indian tribe more than $36 million after losing a lengthy legal battle.

Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that he signed SB1187, authorizing the money for the Pauma Band of Luiseno Mission Indians.

The state had little choice after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year in favor of the tribe, which operates a casino in northern San Diego County. The U.S. Supreme Court wouldn’t consider the state’s appeal.

The tribe sought to add slot machines in 2003, but says Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration falsely said no more licenses were available. The tribe says that misrepresentation led tribal leaders to agree to a new and more costly deal with the state.

The courts ordered the state to return $36.2 million in overpayments.

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