RL34325 – Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA): Gaming on Newly Acquired Lands – 2016-08-23

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Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA): Gaming on Newly Acquired Lands

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Author: M. Maureen Murphy, Legislative Attorney
Pages: 28

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) (P.L. 100-497) generally prohibits gaming on lands acquired for Indians in trust by the Secretary of the Interior (SOI or Secretary) after October 17, 1988. The exceptions, however, raise the possibility of Indian gaming proposals for locations presently unconnected with an Indian tribe. Among the exceptions are land (1) acquired after the SOI determines acquisition to be in the best interest of the tribe and not detrimental to the local community and the governor of the state concurs; (2) acquired for tribes that had no reservation on the date of enactment of IGRA; (3) acquired as part of a land claim settlement; (4) acquired as part of an initial reservation for a newly recognized tribe; and (5) acquired as part of the restoration of lands for a tribe restored to federal recognition. Bills: H.R. 249, H.R. 2190, H.R. 308