Tribal Coalitions Being Formed For Internet Poker

American Indian tribes gathering this week in Phoenix, Arizona, are expressing an increased desire to begin establishing interstate coalitions for the purpose of offering online poker and other Class II games.

Although many, if not most, of the 246 tribal governments with casinos remain opposed to a federal scheme for online gambling, sentiments expressed at the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) annual meeting and trade show indicate a growing willingness to embrace Internet technology.

It also signals a more proactive attitude by tribes and their lobbyists to weigh in on the potential for federal Internet legislation, a shift from previous efforts to defeat moves by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and others to get Internet legislation through Congress.

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