Archive - Jul 2007
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued a decision, following an en banc hearing, in Carcieri v. Kempthorne last week. This case stems from the 1998 decision of the Interior Secretary to take into trust a 32-acre parcel of land in Charlestown, Rhode Island, for the benefit of the Narragansett Tribe. The tribe had purchased the parcel in 1991, and pursued trust status so that it could use the land for housing. The Secretary took the land into trust under 25 U.S.C.
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has ordered Florida Governor Charlie Crist to negotiate a tribal-state compact with the Seminole Tribe for Class III games.
In 2004, Florida voters authorized slot machines, and three non-tribal casinos have been operating slots since last year. IGRA allows tribes to operate gaming if state law "permits such gaming for any purpose by any person."
G’day, mates! This extensive article on the U.S. Indian gaming industry in the Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald is further indication of the international interest in Indian gaming. Kathryn is quoted on tribes' use of gaming revenue, per capita payments, the uneven profitability of tribal casinos, and the Abramoff scandal. Click here for a link to the July 14th story, entitled "How Blackjack Saved the Tribe."
The National Indian Gaming Commission's release of 2006 tribal gaming revenue has spurred coverage of Indian gaming in the U.S. around the world. Here's a sampling of some recent articles:
Financial Times (London)
A number of tribes have decided that the negotiation of Class III or casino-style gaming compacts with the state presents difficulties that compel them to turn to Class II gaming, primarily bingo, instead. (Under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, tribes do not have to enter into a tribal-state compact to operate Class II games, as long as they are permitted under state law and public policy.)
In Buffalo, the Seneca Nation has opened a temporary casino following a National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) ruling that the tribe’s new land falls under one of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act’s small number of exceptions for opening a gaming facility on newly acquired land. The Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino has just 124 slot machines, but the Senecas plan to build a $125 million casino and entertainment complex that is expected to create 1,000 new jobs.
We've just returned from two weeks in Boston, where Kathryn attended a program on higher education administration at Harvard and Steve conducted research on Indian gaming. The talk there, of course, is about the newly federally recognized Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribe's plan to open a casino. Read more here.