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Fort Sill Apache ordered to cease bingo games at Akela casino
Silver City Sun-News,
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 11:20:27 AM
The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma on Tuesday received a notice of violation from the federal government for operating paper bingo at its Akela casino.
Philip Hogen, chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission, in an eight-page document indicated there was no way to correct the violation and told the tribe to cease gaming at the site.
According to the notice, the tribe may also be issued a fine for the violation.
But Jeff Houser, chairman of the Fort Sill tribe, contended the legal argument Hogen used to back the notice of violation is flawed. Houser re-emphasized a claim long held by the tribe that it has a right to host bingo at the site and said the Fort Sill Apaches, at least for now, plan to move forward with bingo.
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