Free Slots!
Slots
Free Bingo!
Bingo
Free Baccarat!
Baccarat
Free Blackjack!
Blackjack
Free Craps!
Craps
Free Keno!
Keno
Free Roulette!
Roulette
Free Poker!
Poker
Free Video Poker!
Video Poker
  • Free Slots and Casino Games
  • Free Slots and Casino Games
1 2

Three Rivers Casino legal existence challenged in court

June 13, 2008

FLORENCE, OR - The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that a lawsuit to stop the operation of the Three Rivers Casino will go back to the trial judge to decide whether the governor has the legal authority to enter into a gaming agreement given the state’s constitutional ban on casinos.

A decision in this case could affect nine other Indian casinos in Oregon whose tribes have signed gaming compacts with the state. The state could appeal the decision to the Oregon Supreme Court.

For the past three years the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians have operated Three Rivers Casino at Florence but it has been opposed for five years by the People Against a Casino Town (PACT).  After years of court battles this decision was the first significant legal victory for PACT.

“We’re finally going to have our day in court,” said Kristian Roggendorf, an attorney for PACT. “The governor doesn’t have the legal authority to sign these compacts. …The Oregon Constitution says there shall be no casinos. If casinos aren’t allowed, we can’t have one operating.”

Tribal Chairman Bob Garcia disagrees. He said that the outcome of the lawsuit will have no effect on the Three Rivers Casino because it operates on tribal lands that are sovereign lands held in trust by the federal government.

“We’ll be watching what happens with interest, but recognize that ultimately it is federal law that applies on federal lands and we are obeying all applicable federal laws,” said Garcia. “This is still a last-ditch effort. Lets say the compact isn’t valid. Does that mean gaming stops? No. The only way gaming gets stopped is by the federal government, if someone made a lawsuit in federal court. The worst-case scenario is the governor and the tribe would have to sign a new compact.”

Return to Oregon Casinos.

Today's Specials
Friday  January 20, 2017
Our "Most-Visited" Casino

US Players Welcome
A World-Class Casino for everyone's favorite Slots and Table Games. Rated #1 by 500 Nations players.
300 Free Slots & Casino Games
No Sign-up | No Download
Casino $3,000 Welcome Bonus
100% Match Redeem 8 Times
Slots $3,000 Bonus
100% Match Redeem 8 Times
Blackjack Weekends (Today!)
Up to $100 casino bonuses
Ahora en Español
Bono Casino de Bienvenida de USD3,000
View All Bovada Promotions
Member benefits, daily promos.
Join Bovada
Join Bovada
Join Bovada
500 Nations is an independent directory and information service free of any gaming operator's control and not affiliated with any casino.
Warning: You must ensure you meet all age and other regulatory requirements before entering a casino or placing a wager. There are hundreds of jurisdictions in the world with Internet access and hundreds of different games and gambling opportunities available on the Internet. Do not assume that Internet gaming sites are in compliance with the rules and regulations of every jurisdiction from which they accept players. YOU are responsible for determining if it is legal for YOU to play any particular game or place any particular wager under the laws of the jurisdiction where you are located.
>