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Obama’s NIGC Offers New Perspective On Tribal Regulations

American Indian tribes are applauding an ongoing comprehensive review of National Indian Gaming Commission regulations that most believe will lessen federal oversight of a maturing $26.4bn tribal casino industry.

Although the three-member NIGC commission appointed by President Obama has been criticized for its lack of regulatory, legal and law enforcement experience, Indian leaders are pleased the panel is consulting with tribal governments, calling it a dramatic departure from the agency’s approach under the Bush Administration.

“I really like the approach they’re taking,” said Teri Poust, an attorney, former NIGC commissioner and citizen of the Alabama Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

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