Two online gambling hearings took place in quick succession recently. One was organized in the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, while the other was presented before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Manufacturing. The second pertained to the bill forwarded by Representative Barton in an effort to make online poker legal. The first was in connection with legalizing online gaming and suggested the keenness amongst American Indian tribes to have a say in regulatory policies regarding online gambling. Here, representatives of the Committee of Indian Affairs hailing from two distinct tribes offered divergent viewpoints on this issue. The chairman of the Mohegan Tribe Bozsum wanted to regulate online gambling. At the same time, he expressed his wish that the laws must protect the rights of all tribes and should allow them the chance to compete on fair grounds as he believed that the American Indian tribes had the capability to perform as well as others. He did not favor state regulatory laws because that would benefit smaller groups. Tribal casinos must also be granted the right to accept wagers given by nontribal land players. He felt that those online casinos that were not subject to regulations should be banned completely. The Vice Chairman of the Washington state-based Tulalip Tribes protested against gambling online because it threatened the existence of land-based casinos run by the Indians. The huge profits likely to be generated by these casinos are expected to be many more times than the profits likely to be churned out by online casinos. Hence, the ultimate gains through online gaming were not worth taking because they would adversely affect North American gambling profits.
Chairman Ernie Stevens of the National Indian Gaming Association, or NIGA, favored Bozsum’s stand. He believed that online laws must acknowledge the fact that tribes should be given a hand in regulating online gaming. Moreover, he suggested that tribal revenue should not be subject to federal taxation.
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