The Kalispel Tribe of Washington State is suing the federal government over its choice to permit the neighboring Spokane tribe to construct a casino simply two miles from the flagship Northern Quest Casino and Resort.
Curt Holmes, Kalispel Executive Director of Public and Governmental Affairs, stated his tribe supports the Spokanes’ right to seek opportunity that is economic although not at the cost associated with Kalispels and its future generations.
The lawsuit, filed week that is last claims the the new casino will jeopardize the procedure of Kalispel’s government. The tribe is demanding the court halt the construction for the brand new casino on the grounds that the Spokane lands are newly acquired.
The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act prohibits Class III casino video gaming on lands obtained after 1988, the it was enacted year. But there is however an exception to this rule,, referred to as ‘two-part determination,’ which permits casino gaming on newly acquired lands.
This depends, however, on the Secretary of Interior consulting the tribe, state and local officials, as well as other nearby tribes, to find out that the brand new casino is in the needs of the tribe and does not adversely influence the wider, surrounding community.
Legal Action the Only Course
The Department is believed by the Kalispel of the Interior (DOI) and also the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) failed to take action.