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Indian tribe in West Texas to end sweepstakes games

July 25,2016 00:17

According to the El Paso Times (http://bit.ly/2aq8bE9 ), the Tigua tribe had long been embroiled in a dispute with the Texas Attorney General's office over games of chance that aren't legal in the state. The tribe's position was that it had federal ...and more »



EL PASO, Texas (AP) — An Indian tribe says it will stop offering sweepstakes games to comply with a federal judge's ruling, but instead offer traditional bingo-hall games.

According to the El Paso Times (http://bit.ly/2aq8bE9 ), the Tigua tribe had long been embroiled in a dispute with the Texas Attorney General's office over games of chance that aren't legal in the state. The tribe's position was that it had federal authority as a sovereign tribal nation that superseded the state.

But a federal judge ruled the tribe's sweepstakes games are illegal.

Whether the tribe can offer bingo may also be ambiguous. The attorney general's office said bingo operators need a state license, but the Texas Lottery Commission said it doesn't have the authority to license Indian gaming.

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Information from: El Paso Times, http://www.elpasotimes.com

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