USET Passes Resolution Relating State-Nation Exclusivity Agreements


On October 31, at its annual meeting at Harrah's Cherokee Resort Event Center in Cherokee, North Carolina, the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) Board of Directors voted to pass 23 resolutions, including one opposing any geographic exclusivity agreements a tribe signs with a state or government that could impact a neighboring Indian nation's interest in conducting Class III gaming on their tribal lands.

The USET Resolution No. 2014:016 calls upon the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) to "oppose, and withhold approval of any agreement or other arrangement that purports to grant Class III geographic exclusivity to one Indian nation over any territory of another Indian nations."

The resolution additionally urges the BIA and NIGC "to formally adopt policies and procedures barring such agreements and arrangements and take all steps necessary to preserve each Indian nation's ability to exercise exclusive jurisdiction over its lands and conduct any lawful activity thereon."

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