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Contracts And Poker: Indian Gaming

by Scott J. Burnham |  Published: Sep 21, 2022


In 1988, Congress passed IGRA, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Some people think that it was IGRA that got gambling going on Indian Reservations. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth – the IGRA actually limited Indian gaming. Let’s review a bit of history to see what really happened. Governance of Indian lands in the United States has long been problematic. In 1832, in the landmark case of Worcester v. Georgia, the US Supreme Court ruled that Indian lands were sovereign territories, free from regulation by the states. Congress had exclusive power to regulate the tribes. This formulation was tested over and over again. In the early 1980s, California became concerned that the Cabazon and Morango bands of Mission Indians were operating bingo parlors and poker games on tribal land near Palm Springs. The state tried to shut down the games as violating state regulations. The state claimed ...

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