New version of anti-gaming amendment circulates on Capitol Hill

A new version of an anti-gaming amendment requires tribes to overcome new hurdles before opening casinos on newly acquired lands.

The proposal essentially bars tribes from crossing state lines to open casinos. It requires newly acquired lands to be "within the same state in which the reservation or seat of government of the Indian tribe is located."

The new version also requires a tribe to demonstrate "a direct connection" to the newly acquired lands. This can be shown through a "final judicial decision" or a "ratified treaty" or through "records" that show a "clear and convincing historical and modern-day connection" to the lands in question.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), the chair of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, has announced her intent to offer the amendment. She claims it will stop "reservation shopping" in California and other states.

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