National Indian Gaming Commission Affirms Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas’ Class II Gaming Ordinance
The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) in coordination with the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) has affirmed the right of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas to operate a Class II gaming facility on tribal lands pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
The tiered classification system for gaming applies only to Indian gaming regulated by the federal government’s National Indian Gaming Commission. Generally, Class I is considered traditional and ceremonial activities, Class II typically includes bingo and electronically aided versions of bingo, and Class III refers to casino style gaming with agreements negotiated with the State of jurisdiction.
The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe has sought approval at the state and federal level since the closure of the Tribe’s Entertainment Center in 2002. This approval provides clarification that the Tribe is able to provide Class II games pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. In addition, the National Indian Gaming Commission will provide regulatory oversight to the Tribe’s Class II gaming facility.