The Kalispel Tribe of Washington State is suing the government that is federal its decision to allow the neighboring Spokane tribe to construct a casino just two miles from the flagship Northern Quest Casino and Resort.
Curt Holmes, Kalispel Executive Director of Public and political Affairs, said his tribe supports the Spokanes’ right to look for opportunity that is economic yet not at the cost associated with the Kalispels and its future generations.
The lawsuit, filed last week, claims the the brand new casino will jeopardize the operation of Kalispel’s government. The tribe is demanding the court halt the construction of the brand new casino on the grounds that the Spokane lands are newly acquired.
The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act prohibits Class III casino gaming on lands acquired after 1988, the year it had been enacted. But there is an exception to this rule,, known as ‘two-part determination,’ which allows casino gaming on newly acquired lands.
This is dependent, nonetheless, on the Secretary of Interior consulting the tribe, state and local officials, along with other nearby tribes, to find out that a new casino is within the desires of the tribe and does not adversely impact the wider, surrounding community.
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The Kalispel believes the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) failed to do this.
Furthermore, it contests that, in making its de