The Indian Casinos are suppose to use a Workers' Compensation system that mirrors the CA Workers' Compensation system. Instead of using the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, workers who are injured at the Indian Casinos need to appeal their denial to the Intertribal Council for the region. Not all tribes are members in the San Diego area, but most are.
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Indian casinos, because of their independent nation status, do not fall under California workers' compensation laws. Your sister-in law is going to have to find someone in San Diego who does workers' comp that also does the Indian casino cases.
The Indian Casinos are generally Sovereign Nations that are "separate but equal." You will need a SDO Attorney who will deal with them.
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