By Acee Agoyo A bipartisan bill recognizing the sovereign rights of two tribes in Texas and placing them on the same footing as just about every other Indian nation when it comes to gaming is moving forward. The House Committee on Natural Resources approved H.R.759, the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas…
House Resolution 759, authored by U.S. Congressman Brian Babin of Texas, clarifies the right of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe to offer electronic bingo games at their entertainment facility on tribal land. On July 24, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of this bill! Now it will go the U.S. Senate for consideration.
There are three federally recognized Tribes in Texas. Only one Tribe, the Kickapoo, are legally allowed to offer Class II gaming on its reservation. This is not fair.
In order to correct that imbalance, HR 759, will do the following;