� require consultation of local governments within a 10-mile radius of the proposed off-reservation casino.For the exceptions, the notable parts of the proposal would:
� require consultation of nearby tribes within 50 miles of the proposed off-reservation casino.
� require tribes to submit financial projections, consulting agreements and financial agreements, and require tribes to disclose possible adverse impacts and plans to address those impacts.
� create a 60-day comment period, with possible extensions, to consult with local governments, state officials and nearby tribes
� define "contiguous" as "land(s) sharing a common boundary, or adjoining with nothing intervening. However, parcels of land are contiguous even if separated by roads, railroads, other rights of way, or streams." This definition applies mainly to the Oklahoma former reservation exception.In addition to the four meetings, the BIA is accepting written comments until April 20. Sometime after that, the proposal will be published in the Federal Register and will be open for additional comments. No further meetings, however, are being planned, according to the BIA. Along with skipping Oklahoma altogether, the BIA doesn't plan on going to the Rocky Mountain region or to the Great Plains, the location of the largest Indian land base. The schedule is as follows:
� require tribes to obtain Congressional approval for a land claim settlement and obtain state or federal court approval of the settlement before gaming on land acquired through the settlement.
� require newly recognized tribes to stay within their service area for an off-reservation casino. If no service area is defined, the tribe must demonstrate "significant historical and cultural ties" to the land being sought for an off-reservation casino.
� require restored tribes to obtain an act of Congress to acquire restored land, or demonstrate a "modern connection" to the land being sought for an off-reservation casino. Several criteria are laid out to determine the modern connection.
Thursday, March 30: 9:00 a.m. � 12:00 p.m.Press Release:
Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, Conn.
Wednesday, April 5: 2:00 p.m. � 5:00 p.m.
Albuquerque Convention Center, San Miguel Rm. 330 Tijeras N.W., Albuquerque, N.M.
Tuesday, April 18: 9:00 a.m. � 12:00 p.m.
Radisson Hotel Sacramento, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento, Calif.
Thursday, April 20: 9:00 a.m. � 12:00 p.m.
Crown Plaza, 2200 Freeway Blvd., Minneapolis, Minn.
DOI to Hold Consultation Meetings on Proposed IGRA Section 20 Regulations (March 27, 2006) Draft BIA Regulations:
Gaming on Lands Acquired After October 17, 1998 Relevant Documents:
Kevin Gover Testimony | Aurene Martin Testimony | Title 25 CFR Part 151 Land-into-Trust Process | Section 20 of IGRA | GAO Report Pombo IGRA Bill:
To amend section 20 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act to restrict off-reservation gaming (H.R.4893) McCain IGRA Bill:
Indian Gaming Regulatory Act Amendments of 2005 (S.2078) Relevant Links:
Senate Indian Affairs Committee - http://indian.senate.gov
NIGC Indian Land Determinations - http://www.nigc.gov/nigc/nigcControl?option=LAND_DETERMINATIONS
National Indian Gaming Association - http://www.indiangaming.org