Absent express federal authorization, the State of California lacks jurisdiction to regulate the licensing
of contractors on the tribal trust land of the Twenty- Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians. Neither Public Law 280 nor any other federal law authorizes Call- fornia to so regulate. May a tribal corporation none- theless act as a private attorney general by suing a non-Indian contractor in state court for disgorgement under California Business & Professions Code § 7031(b), for being unlicensed while constructing improvements on tribal trust land in connection with a tribal gaming enterprise?
Previous coverage here.