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Off-reservation-casino rule challenged


Arizona Republic,  Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 2:13:02 AM

Las Vegas -- A major policy change this year by the Department of Interior will slow the growth of the multibillion-dollar Indian casino industry, which has gained controversy for developments in communities far from reservation land.

The change, made in a series of letters and a memo issued in early January, essentially rejected 22 applications for new off-reservation casinos, by hinging their approval on a single criterion: the distance from the reservation.

While the change was hailed by opponents of the sprawling business that raked in $25.1 billion in gambling revenues in 2006, many tribes attacked the ruling as unfair and unjust, robbing them of what many consider their only economic opportunity.


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