Indian Country, Interior Weigh Rincon Ruling Impact

A high court ruling hindering California’s ability to use Indian casino revenue to help alleviate a budget deficit will likely influence U.S. Department of Interior policy regarding tribal-state agreements in other states, according to legal experts.

The nationwide impact of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which the U.S. Supreme Court let stand last week, will be limited by several factors unique to California, which has the nation’s largest tribal gambling industry with some 60 casinos generating nearly $7bn a year.

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