The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe is Seeking Fair and Equal Treatment Regarding Class II Indian Gaming in Texas
(June 21, 2019) – The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Equal and Fair Opportunity Settlement Act (House Resolution 759), authored by Congressman Brian Babin of Texas, clarifies the right of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe to offer electronic bingo games at their entertainment facility on the reservation.
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, if passed by Congress will do the following;
- Corrects conflicting congressional statutes stemming from the 1987 Restoration Act and the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act;
- DOES NOT allow Class III Vegas style gaming such as table and card games against the house.
- Allows for the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe to conduct electronic bingo and only electronic bingo on their reservations;
- Provides for the equal and fair opportunity for tribal economic development in the State of Texas
Thousands of Native American tribes in this country operate gaming facilities. There are three classes of Indian Gaming.
- Class I – Traditional Tribal games
- Class II – Bingo
- Class III – Games of chance against the House