Coleman Indian Law represents Tribal Nations’ legislative, regulatory and litigation interests before Federal and state agencies, Congress, universities, and organizations. We work with tribal leaders, gaming commissions and tribal lawyers to improve gaming procedures and revenues and provide advice to tribal program managers as they work to comply with federal and tribal law.
Representation before Federal, State and Tribal agencies, Congress, universities and organizations
Internet Gaming by TribesInternet gaming remains a hot topic as States are authorizing Internet gaming within their states and other jurisdictions. To stay competitive and attract the dot com generation, Tribes need to change their focus from solely developing brick and mortar facilities and also provide gaming services on smart phones and iPads. Joining a consortium that can pool its resources to lobby, develop a gaming site and provide liquidity seems to be a viable strategy. Tribes also need to keep abreast of Congress’ many Internet bills, all of which limit tribal Internet gaming opportunities.
Federal Recognition ProcessFor Tribes adversely impacted by unreasonable Federal recognition decisions or Tribes seeking Federal recognition, involvement in DOI’s pending effort to change the federal recognition regulations is absolutely essential. Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn seems to really empathize with the difficulties encountered by bona fide Tribes in the recognition process. This does not mean, however, that regulatory amendments will help Tribes. Without tribal involvement, especially by Tribes with direct experience in the recognition process, Tribes cannot expect an improvement in the process.
Increased Competition for Indian GamingIndian gaming continues to encounter more competition as States attempt to gain a bigger share of the revenue by opening more casinos. Not willing to accept only a share of tribal gaming, states are expanding their gaming exponentially. The State of New York recently authorized more commercial casinos in addition to the tribal casinos and the facility in New York City. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is racing to establish commercial casinos before a tribal casino opens. Other states are adding table games to their slot parlors. Tribes will need to develop new strategies to stay ahead of the game.