The Jamestown S’Kallam Tribe owns and operates the 7 Cedars Casino in Sequim, Washington. Photo: 7 Cedars Casino

Jamestown S'Kallam Tribe enters new Class III gaming compact

The Jamestown S’Kallam Tribe and the state of Washington have negotiated a new Class III gaming compact.

The compact updates an agreement that was last changed in 2015. It includes several new provisions, including one that authorizes a new gaming facility, although the tribe does not have one in the works at the moment.

“The Gambling Commission is responsible for negotiating tribal gaming compacts,” Bud Sizemore, the chair of the Washington State Gambling Commission, said in a press release. “The proposed changes reflect current regulatory practices, reduce duplication between tribal and state regulators and clarify the roles for each party.”

The agreement will be discussed at a public hearing on June 13. The commission must then decide whether to forward it to Gov. Jay Inslee (D) for his signature. Once that happens, the compact can be sent to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for review.

The BIA approved compacts for 27 tribes, including Jamestown S’Kallam, in Washington back in June 2015.

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