Tribal Leaders Blast Off-Reservation Casino ‘Radio Silence’

More than a year after taking office, the Obama Administration is sitting on nearly a dozen proposals by tribes to build off-reservation casinos that supporters say could create badly needed jobs in a tough economy.Dashing hopes for a swift reversal of the Bush Administration’s crackdown on off-reservation casinos, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has yet to rescind or even modify controversial rules that bar tribes from building new casinos beyond daily commuting distance from their home reservations.

The lack of action has left off-reservation casino plans in limbo and frustrated some in the Indian gaming business, even as President Obama has established warmer relations with tribal leaders.

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