AGA drives consensus around common cause issues that impact Tribal and commercial casinos, and suppliers. AGA fully supports tribal gaming that is located on or near tribal lands that are within the historical and current territory of the tribe operating such gaming, and is operated in accordance with all applicable laws. The AGA also supports the development of tribal gaming on restored, or newly acquired, lands in those situations where a tribe has no land, as long as the federally recognized tribe complies with all applicable laws.
However, locating tribal gaming facilities “off-reservation” in areas where a tribe has limited, or no, historical connections and is not in reasonable geographic proximity a tribe’s existing land or population base alters the characteristics and intent of tribal government gaming. Therefore, AGA supports the incorporation of more transparency and additional bright-line standards into the current U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs’ approval processes. Such standards should require a tribe to have both historical and geographic connections to the land they are seeking to acquire for off-reservation gaming.