American Indian Tribes Cautious On Online Gambling

By Salon Staff

Published March 6, 2012 9:36PM (EST)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Leaders who run casinos for Indian tribes are telling regulators and companies that they won't support new laws involving online gambling unless it's clear how tribes nationwide will be affected.

Chairwoman Leslie Lohse of the California Tribal Business Alliance said Tuesday that online gambling has cultural and economic implications that shouldn't be brushed off because others are in a hurry to start taking bets.

Lohse says tribal sovereignty and other issues need to be addressed before tribes eagerly support Internet gambling laws in California or nationwide.

The comments reveal fierce competition between those who might want Internet gambling in some form. The tribes, like others, don't want to be hurt or left out.

Salon Staff

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