Aboriginal Online Gambling Politically Stalled in Canada

Published Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - Online-Casinos.com

According to a recent news article in the Montreal Gazette authors claim that the Mohawk Gambling operations in Kahnawake Quebec, are being politically stalled in Canada. The article even says that certain political voices are stating the businesses operated by the Mohawk nation, are illegal. When politicians say things, not everyone listens, but the press has a great time interpreting what it all means. In this case it is obvious that the government does not favour the idea of a successful industry thriving without that industry getting permission to do so from the State. Aboriginal online gambling in Canada has grown into a global hub that services a large number online gambling clients. Mohawk Internet Technologies provides servers for a wide selection of online casinos and sports books offshore. "Turning away from the issue and remaining silent will continue to, and ultimately, undermine First Nation communities, their economic ambitions, political autonomy, health and prosperity," a Montreal lawyer wrote in an soon to be released issue of Gaming Law Review and Economics. The Kahnawake Gaming Commission and MIT are inquiring about being listed in the British 'white list' of online regulators and casinos. Being listed means the company is a regulated operation with proper standards which translates into more business. When the official regulating 'white list' inclusion asked the Federal Government about MIT they were passed onto the Provincial government of Quebec quoting jurisdictional concerns. The legal limbo that the Canadian government leaves aboriginal gambling will not change overnight. This kind of inaction chills the dialogue and imposes containment, sticking one's head in the sand doesn't make the problem go away. American politicians have worked out compacts and partnership agreements with about two-thirds of the Aboriginal Nations. Quebec and a number of other provinces are planning to dive into the online gambling business, effectively creating competition for native gaming initiatives.

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