N.I.G.A. U.S.A. Vote Not to Oppose Online Gambling Bill

Published Saturday, April 10, 2010 - Online-Casinos.com

Anticipating a better outcome in the recent vote by the National Indian Gaming Association the Morongo Band of California Mission Indians were upset that a motion to block Barney Frank's federal legislative proposal to legalise and regulate online gambling in the USA was defeated. The Indian Country Today reported recently that, "Tribal members of the National Indian Gaming Association voted 27-6 with one abstention to table what was intended as a compromise resolution in response to proposed bills by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and others to legalize and tax online poker." The issue of online gambling has divided tribes with some believing that if legal it will cut into profits gained by Native casinos and poker rooms. There are 440 tribal casinos in 28 states, with the opposing tribes contending that the use of the web for gambling is an opportunity to expand hospitality markets in the regions that need more revenues. Some Indian operators are sitting on the fence saying this is a complex issue that should be thoroughly thought out before committing to action. These sceptical bands "were apparently the tribes who carried the vote to table the motion." Robert Martin, Morongo chairperson, said, “I’m disappointed. Very, very much so. I thought we had the votes to get it done."
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Chief Miko Beasley Denson, commented, “I want to know more. I don’t want to make a decision prematurely,” It was suggested that a study be done to assess impact on Tribal gaming by online gambling legalisation. Most tribal counsels have came to the conclusion that the benefits of working with the Federal government will give the Tribal gambling establishments a much fairer shake should the legalisation eventually come to pass. Lynn Malerba, chairperson for the Mohegan band said, “I don’t believe gaming tribes are opposed to Internet gaming as much as the legislation,” adding in the news article, “We’re looking to protect IGRA. We’re looking to protect tribal-state compacts. Why not help craft the language?”

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