Friday, August 10, 2007

Interior Department comments on off-reservation casinos

After meeting this week with U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Kempthorn, a U.S. senator reported on Kempthorn's reluctance to approve off-reservation gaming. Kempthorn was reported as telling the senator that he now has 32 off-reservation casino appplications and if he approves one of them, he would have to do them all.

The senator met with the Interior Secretary on behalf of a tribe's application to take land into trust in the Catskills in New York. After the meeting, the senator suggested that if it's going to be a bad decision, it might be better to wait rather than to get a ‘no’ and have to start everything all over.