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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs looks into tribal gaming

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More on: 113th, arizona, dianne feinstein, h.r.1410, igra, off-reservation, s.477, scia, senate, tohono o'odham

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The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding an oversight hearing on Indian gaming tomorrow.

The committee hasn't paid much attention to the $28 billion tribal casino industry during the 113th Congress. Sen. Jon Tester, the chairman, (D-Montana) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington), his predecessor, instead have focused on education, housing, economic development and trust relationship issues.

But with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act having passed a milestone -- the law turned 25 last year -- the committee will be hearing from federal officials and tribal leaders about the state of the industry and what lies ahead in the next quarter-century.

There's also a very specific political and legal controversy on the agenda -- the proposed Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. Five witnesses, including two lawmakers, two tribal leaders and a local official, will be discussing the West Valley Resort, which remains mired in litigation and could be stopped by H.R.1410, the Keep the Promise Act.

And Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) is making a return visit to the committee At a hearing in November, she called for a limit on the number of tribal casinos in her state and has proposed S.477, the Tribal Gaming Eligibility Act, as a way to restrict new development.

The hearing takes place at 3:30pm in Room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The witness list follows:
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
Senator-United States Senate

The Honorable Paul A. Gosar
Representative-United States House of Representatives

The Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
Representative-United States House of Representatives

Panel 1
The Honorable Kevin Washburn
Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs-United States Department of the Interior

Mr. Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri
Vice Chairman-National Indian Gaming Commission

Ms. Anne-Marie Fennell
Director-Natural Resources and Environment-United States Government Accountability Office

Panel 2
The Honorable A.T. Stafne
Chairman-Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation

The Honorable Michell Hicks
Principal Chief-Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Mr. Ernest L. Stevens, Jr.
Chairman-National Indian Gaming Association

Panel 3
The Honorable Diane Enos
President-Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation

The Honorable Ned Norris, Jr.
Chairman-Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona

The Honorable Jerry Weiers
Mayor-City of Glendale

Committee Notice:
Oversight Hearing on "Indian Gaming: The Next 25 Years" (July 23, 2014)

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