Federal Government Considers ‘Patchak Patch’ For Tribal Gaming

The federal government may begin taking land into trust for tribal casinos before opponents can sue, according to Kevin Washburn, the Department of Interior’s new assistant secretary in charge of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).

The BIA is considering the regulatory change after a ruling last year by the U.S. Supreme Court in the so-called “Patchak case.”

The 8-1 decision last June allowed David Patchak of Michigan to pursue his lawsuit to close a tribal casino near Grand Rapids even though the land already had been taken into trust by the BIA.

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