Bishop Shamana alerts voters to Propositions 94, 95, 96, and 97

January 17, 2008

Bishop Beverly J. Shamana of the California-Nevada Annual Conference is calling voters’ attention to the position of California Church IMPACT in opposing Propositions 94, 95, 96, and 97 that are scheduled to appear on the February 5, 2008 Presidential Primary Election ballot.


The four referenda would overturn amendments to Indian Gaming Compacts with the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians (Prop. 94); Morongo Band of Mission Indians (Prop. 95); Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation (Prop. 96); and Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (Prop. 97).


The California Church IMPACT statement reads, in part, “…. our support for indigenous people’s rights means we cannot pit one band or people against another giving unfair advantage to some that would not accrue to all. These four bands would be unfairly enriched with lax standards for casino development unavailable to other bands. We think these measures may be well-intentioned, but the outcomes have the potential to do great harm to our earth, our fellow humans, and to the solidarity of native peoples and we therefore recommend a NO vote to stop the implementation of these four compacts.”


California Church IMPACT is the lobbying arm of the California Council of Churches, an organization of 51 Protestant and Orthodox judicatories in 21 denominations devoted to issues of concern to the faith community such as hunger, homelessness, health care, violence, civil rights, economic justice and religious liberty.


Bishop Shamana encourages United Methodists of the California-Nevada Conference to review the material on the IMPACT website at and to inform themselves on all issues before heading to the polls.