VOLUME 13 EDITION 10 California, Oklahoma Crawling Toward Internet Gambling Dave Palermo/www.gamblingcompliance.com America’s two largest Indian casino markets — California and Oklahoma — still face political and legal hurdles that will likely delay, if not prevent, their involvement in Internet gambling, a panel of experts said Aug. 16. Legislative proposals to legalize intrastate online poker in California, where 59 tribes operate 60 casinos, will almost certainly fail to make it out of the state legislature before the end of this year’s session in mid-September, largely due to political infighting among politically powerful tribal governments. “Are we going to have any legislation in California this year? No,” Tuari Bigknife, legal counsel for the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians near San Diego, told attendees of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) meeting in Oklahoma City. “I don’t think it’s going to come very quickly,” Bigknife said. “I think the stakeholders and the divergent interests that exist out there are going to insist upon it being debated and considered for quite a long time.” In Oklahoma, where 33 tribes operate 114 gambling facilities ranging from hotel resorts to truck stops, tribes are faced with a myriad of legal complexities created by federal law and regulatory restrictions within tribal-state regulatory compacts. “Indian gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) has to occur on Indian lands,” said Michael McBride, a Tulsa attorney, and most legal experts believe tribes are precluded from accepted off-reservation wagers. “I’m really concerned about Indian gaming,” McBride said. “I believe IGRA is a real shackle to the advancement of Internet gaming. “We’re going to have to see a change in federal law to get parity for Indian tribes.” The political and legal obstacles are significant because the two states combined represent 92 of the 247 Indian governments operating casinos in 28 states. California and Oklahoma generated more than $11bn of the $27.9bn won by tribal casinos nationwide in 2012. There are two pending bills in Congress to legalize and regulate different forms of Internet gambling while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he may again pursue legislation. But OIGA attendees were told there is little impetus in Congress to legislate online gambling. “There is not enough oxygen in the room right now, in the United States Congress, for any issue, in my opinion, nevertheless a See INTERNET GAMING, Page 4 Lawton, OK September 2013 SPECIAL SECTION 2013 Comanche Nation Fair Schedule of Events and other Information Section 2 of the Newspaper 22nd Annual Comanche Nation Fair September 27th, 28th, & 29th, 2013 Comanche Nation Princess Sareva (Posey) Liles Comanche Nation Jr. Princess Johnetta Silverhorn M. C. : Eddie Mahseet & Neil Lawhead Head Gourd Dance Singer: Gene Sovo Head War Dance Singer: Anthony Monoessy Visiting Northern Drum: Pipestone Creek of Canada Head Man Dancer: Bobby Pewo Head Lady Dancer: Opal Gore A.D.: Larney Silverhorn, Travis Codynah & Freddy Banderas Crowning of the 2013-14 Comanche Nation Princess and Jr. Princess Co-Host: Friday - Comanche War Dance Society, Comanche Homecoming Saturday - Tia-piah Society, Comanche Little Ponies Sunday - Chasenah Family, Comanche Indian Veterans Association (Kawaykla Fire Dancers - Friday Night) A “Old Time War Dance” contest, $1,000 winner take all, sponsored by the Chibitty, Saupitty and Watchetaker Families. Contest in ALL categories Drawing for 2009 Cadillac Scheduled Events: Pow-wow, 3 on 3 Basketball, Bull Riding, Parade, Handgame, Free Carnival, Children’s Games, 49 Laughs Comedy Show, Softball Tournament, 1K Fun Run, Spirit Walk, Teen Dance, Skate Board Competition, Sunday Church Services, Rations, Quilt Show, Art Show, Horseshoe Tournament, Golf Tournament, Peyote Meeting, Comanche Hymn Singing, 4th Annual Comanche Warrior Run, 2nd Annual Comanche Warrior Bike Ride, Higher Education Silent Auction (All events are FREE and open to the public) Comanche Nation Complex Lawton, Oklahoma General Information: (580) 492-3384 Vocational Rehabilitation Program to hold the 3rd Annual Disability Awareness Day Submitted by Comanche Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program Staff On, September 17, the Comanche Nation Vocational Rehabilitation program will hold the Third Annual Disability Awareness Day in the Watchetaker Hall at the tribal complex. The day will start with a traditional cedar ceremony at 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. CNVR program participants as well as Native Americans with disability(s) are welcome to join in. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Program informational booth visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Coffee, drinks and snacks will be available until 10:00 a.m. Speaker presentations will begin at 9:30 a.m. Some of the presenters will include a physician and various programs of the Lawton Indian Hospital. There will be numerous Comanche Nation Programs on site to give out program service information and information about the up-coming Comanche Nation Fair. Other program participants will include Disability specialists, Home Health care groups and other local community resources. Two CNVRP participants will share their personal experience. Representatives from the State Dept. of Rehabilitative Services will be available to answer information about state rehabilitative services. Other tribal vocational rehabilitation programs have also been invited. Lunch will be served to participants. Surveys in reference to the needs of the disable will be taken. Door prizes will be held for those in attendance. According to the Comanche Nation VR program director, Charlotte Niyah McCurtain, it is hopeful that this year’s DAD will be as successful as the previous years. The public is invited. Call (580) 492-3605/06 for additional information. Christian Rock Comes To The Comanche Nation A Christian Rock Concert will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., at Watchetaker Hall, Oct. 17. The bands performing are: The Revolving (first performers), Chaotic Resemblance (second performers), and Blissed ( main event performers). “Blissed” will be headlining the concert. Blissed is from Ontario Canada, who has been touring with the current, popular band “Skillet,” and has shared the stage with big bands such as “Thou- “Blissed” sand Foot Krutch.” Blissed has also had mem- ber Robert Sweet, drummer of the MTV Christian rock band “Stryper” as their drummer a few years ago. Their music is more of the 80’s and early 90’s style of hard rock/ metal, like Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, and Sixx Am. Tickets for the show are $10. They can be purchased at The Salt Cellar or from Eva Holt (580) 699-4965. For more information contact: Eva Holt (580) 699-4965 or on Facebook under Eva Holt.