Issue 307
July 31 - August 4, 2006
Volume 6
page 2

McCain Bill Hits Snag

As Reported by the Arizona Republic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – "An Indian gaming reform bill sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that would bar tribes from establishing casinos off of their reservations has hit a snag, with more than a half-dozen senators putting a "hold" on the legislation.

"McCain's bill (SB 2078) was a response to the scandals involving convicted former lobbyist Jack Abramoff's nefarious dealings with tribes. The proposed legislation addresses instances in which tribes work with developers to locate casinos off ancestral lands, where developers would otherwise be restricted from developing casinos.

"The Senate Indian Affairs Committee, headed by McCain, already has approved the legislation. But other senators, some anonymously, are now seeking to block the bill, which would impose the strictest regulations on Indian gaming since Congress approved the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. That act opened the door to the flood of tribal casinos.

"McCain needs to find 60 Senate votes to overcome the opposition. That would procedurally release the bill from the holds placed by senators trying to block it.

"…Only four tribes nationally have off-reservation casinos. But the exemption would protect more than 44 off-reservation applications filed prior to the deadline, including three by Arizona-based Indian tribes…"




Biloxi Mayor Vows to Veto Casinos
As Reported by the Biloxi Sun Herald

BILOXI, Mississippi -- "The City Council will consider today whether Biloxi should allow gambling at two areas across from sand beaches, but Mayor A.J. Holloway said he will use his veto power to prevent the city's waterfront from going 'wholesale casino.'

"The two areas are 30 acres on the north side of U.S. 90 at the Tivoli Hotel site and 20 acres south of the Gulf Coast Medical Center at the city's western edge.

"If the city approves the rezoning, it would be the first time Biloxi has allowed casinos across from the open beach.

"…The council's vote today is not on rezoning the property, but on whether to direct the Biloxi Planning Commission to hold a public hearing and consider the proposals. If the city rezones the land, the developers will next ask the Mississippi Gaming Commission to declare the locations legal sites for gambling…"

Oregon Tribal Casino Gets Congress' Approval
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – By an overwhelming vote of 27-9, The House Resources Committee of the U.S. Congress approved legislation which allows the Warm Springs Tribe to move forward with their proposal for the Bridge of the Gods Casino and Resort at Cascade Locks. The bill, HR 4893, is cited as the "Restricting Indian Gaming to Home Lands of Tribes Act of 2006," and was supported by Oregon Congressman Greg Walden and Peter DeFazio.

"We are pleased that the Resources Committee adopted this legislation so that our gaming proposal can move forward and can be considered without the rules being changed on us. In the near future, The Bridge of the Gods Casino will deliver 1700 jobs, education scholarships for Oregon students and a better future for our Tribe, for the families living in and near Cascade Locks and all Oregonians. We are thankful to Representatives Greg Walden and Peter DeFazio and Governor Ted Kulongoski for their continued support of our just cause," said Ron Suppah, Tribal Chair of the Warm Springs.

The Oregon congressman apparently most disappointed by this result was David Wu, who tried unsuccessfully to lobby the members of the committee, but was rejected by democrats and republicans alike.

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