NIGC Nominee Says Tribes Bet On Sports Before Supreme Court Ruling

Gaming tribes already were accepting wagers on sporting events before last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling lifted a federal ban on sports betting, President Trump’s nominee to become the new chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) said Wednesday.

“The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act [of 1988] did not prohibit sports betting in Indian Country. It did not limit it in any way,” E. Sequoyah Simermeyer told Republican Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, during his confirmation hearing.

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