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Gabe Galanda in “Indian Gaming”: Why Isn’t the NIGC Enforcing IGRA?

Posted December 15, 2014 by Galanda Broadman, PLLC

In a column for the feature, “Ask the Experts: Spotlight on 2015 and Beyond,” in the New Year edition of Indian Gaming magazine, Gabe Galanda questions the NIGC’s commitment to enforcing IGRA and related laws in Indian Country:

2015 will bring answers to growing questions surrounding the National Indian Gaming Commission’s ambivalence about enforcement of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.Indian Gaming

In Bay Mills, various state amici curiae argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that the “Commission only rarely invokes its authority to enforce the law against Indian tribes.” That criticism tracks with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)’s recent preliminary report to Congress that “[i]n recent years, the Commission has rarely initiated enforcement actions.” According to GAO findings, the NIGC issued a single Notice of Violation in 2012 and 2013—combined.

Meanwhile, as tensions boil over at several California tribal casinos, people are asking: Where’s the NIGC?

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