Alaska tribe drops gambling appeal
August 21, 2008
TULSA - In a issue that could impact Oklahoma Indian gaming, the Tulsa World
reported “The chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association says an Alaska
tribe's decision to drop an appeal could be good news for casinos in the Sooner
“Chairman David Qualls says he believes the Metlakatla Indian Community's
decision to withdraw its appeal ended a dispute involving the distinction
between certain types of casino games.
“At issue is the whether a so-called bright line needs to be drawn between Class
Two gambling devices, essentially bingo and similar games, and Class Three
devices such as slots, which can be operated only under a tribal-state compact.
“However, National Indian Gaming Commission chairman Philip Hogen disagrees with
Qualls' interpretation. He says his rejection of "one-touch" electronic bingo
machines is the most current action by the commission.
“The Alaska tribe had appealed that decision and believes that it does not
affect other tribes because the full commission didn't act on it.”
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com
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