"Does the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in California v. Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, 480 U.S. 202 (1987) allow the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, a federally recognized Indian tribe, to conduct gambling on tribal trust land without permission to do so from the State?"House Order 72 was sponsored by State Rep. Henry John Bear, who is a citizen of the Houlton Band. The bill passed by a vote of 70 to 54 on August 30.
The provisions of any Federal law enacted after October 10, 1980, for the benefit of Indians, Indian nations, or tribes or bands of Indians, which would affect or preempt the application of the laws of the State of Maine, including application of the laws of the State to lands owned by or held in trust for Indians, or Indian nations, tribes, or bands of Indians, as provided in this subchapter and the Maine Implementing Act, shall not apply within the State of Maine, unless such provision of such subsequently enacted Federal law is specifically made applicable within the State of Maine.The state's interpretation of the language has prompted some tribes to ask the Maine Legislature for the approval to offer more than just bingo games. Lawmakers have repeatedly refused to take action. Some tribes also have asked voters to authorize gaming projects. Those efforts also have failed even as voters have approved two non-Indian casinos in the state. It's not clear when the Maine Supreme Judicial Court will answer the gaming question. No one responded when The Associated Press asked for comment on the issue.
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