Opinion: Montana should approve Class III table games for tribes

Gray Wolf Peak Casino in Evaro Montana
The existing Gray Wolf Peak Casino in Evaro, Montana. Photo from GWPC

Writer argues for an expansion of Class III gaming to benefit the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and other tribes in Montana:
The Montana Legislature should allow casino table games like craps and roulette. The state of Washington has gambling laws that allow table games as well as machine games. Individual jurisdictions can decide whether or not such gambling can be operated in their jurisdictions. This is why Northern Quest operates on an Indian reservation; Spokane does not allow table games in its jurisdiction. This is a law that Montana should adopt.

CSKT, under Montana law, cannot offer table games. If Montana allows table games, a compact could be worked out with the tribes so that table games are allowed on the Indian reservations. States like New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts provide gambling opportunities for their citizens, instead of forcing them to fly/drive to other destinations.

Gambling is not a sin; it's not immoral. Most responsible gamblers like me see it as a form of entertainment and understand we pay a price for it. Montana is already exploiting those who cannot afford to gamble with cheap video games; those who play table games can afford it.

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