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WASHINGTON - The US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is having an Oversight Hearing on the regulation of tribal gaming. A lot of the focus will be on how it has evolved from strictly casino buildings to the internet recently.
This change came about last December when the Justice Department increased the opening for intrastate internet gaming. It said that the Federal Wire Act only applies to sports wagering and does not prevent state lotteries from selling lottery tickets on the internet. The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act affects only gaming that takes place on tribal lands. That makes things difficult when it comes to gaming online when it comes to tribes and new legislation might have to be enacted to allow from tribes to take full advantage of online gaming.
Many tribes have casinos and more and more are being planned and built each day. Like any business, tribal casinos can only succeed if they can evolve with the times. Now those times may involve moving some aspects of gaming to the internet. With that comes a lot of hurdles and tricky aspects that this hearing can address to help tribes succeed in moving their gaming into the modern world.
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WHEN: Thursday, July 26
TIME: 2:15 pm est
WHERE: Senate Dirksen G50
The Honorable Tracie Stevens
National Indian Gaming Commission
The Honorable Bruce "Two Dogs" Bozsum
The Mohegan Tribe
Mr. Glen Gobin
Tulalip Tribes of Washington
Mr. Jamie Hummingbird
National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators
The Honorable Jon Porter
Porter Gordon Silver Communications
Las Vegas, NV
Ms. Elizabeth Homer
updated 6:20 am edt; posted July 25, 2012 6:00 am edt