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Alabama . . . Again

Mar 24 2011
Alabama won't take no for an answer.  Or, more to the point, it won't take "Class II" for an answer.

State officials continue to try to apply state regulations to the gaming machines operated by the Poarch Creek Indian Tribe.  The NIGC has determined that the tribe's machines are Class II.  And as anyone familiar with Indian gaming law knows, Class II gaming falls under tribal and federal jurisdiction.  Unlike Class III gaming, there is no regulatory role for the state with Class II gaming.  State law only comes into play in determining whether Class II gaming is legal in the state as operated "for any purpose by any person."  And bingo is legal in Alabama.

Update from Alabama

Oct 27 2010
Alabama Governor Bob Riley continues to target "illegal" tribal gaming in his state.  Too bad the law isn't on his side.

As we've written about before, Riley has been crusading against electronic bingo machines, which are illegal under state law.  He's shut down commercial electronic bingo across the state.  And he continues to try to shut down the Poarch Band of Creek Indians' Class II gaming operation, which features some 3000 electronic bingo machines.  He claims that because the machines are illegal under state law, the tribe can't operate them.

No Surprise in Alabama, But a Little Surprise on Class II v. Class III

May 12 2010
Well, it's no surprise to us that the NIGC told Gov. Bob Riley that he couldn't shut down "illegal" electronic bingo machines operated by the Poarch Creek Indian Tribe.  According to the NIGC, the machines are Class II, and bingo is legal in Alabama.  Riley has been targeting electronic bingo in the state, and wanted to include tribal bingo in his sights.  But his crackdown on electronic bingo can't extend to the Tribe's bingo machines, which are governed by IGRA rather than Alabama law.

Thoughts on the Class II Controversy in Alabama

Feb 6 2010
A recent column got us thinking about Class II gaming and Alabama, in light of our last post on Gov.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee Oversight Hearing on the NIGC

Apr 25 2008
We testified at the April 17 U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee's oversight hearing on the National Indian Gaming Commission. The impetus for the hearing was tribes' concerns about the NIGC's consultation practices. The NIGC has an internal policy that obligates it to conduct government-to-government consultation with tribes in adopting policy and promulgating regulations.

Report from BingoWorld (sounds intriguing, no?)

Mar 8 2008
We've just returned from BingoWorld Conference and Expo , hosted by BNP Media Gaming Group at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas. We spoke on a panel titled, "Class II Bingo: The Battle for the Bright Line," along with National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) Chair Phil Hogen and Quapaw Tribe Vice Chair J.R. Mathews.

More on "Bingo Slots"

Feb 19 2008
In our last post, we talked about the impact of the National Indian Gaming Commission's proposed Class II regulations on the debate over casino gaming in Massachusetts. The Mashpee Wampanoag, though, isn't the only tribe impacted by the proposed regulations.