Chairman Mark Fox of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation told the AP that it was too early to tell whether his tribe's gaming enterprise has been affected by the new machines. According to figures obtained by the AP, electronic pull tabs took in more than $410.5 million in the first nine months of operation. Nearly 2,000 machines are in operation across the state, in about 80 percent of cities and towns, the AP reported. Pull tabs of the paper variety are usually considered Class II games under federal law. They typically fall in the same category as bingo and electronic forms of bingo. North Dakota law defines electronic pull tabs as games of chance, which would seemingly include Class II games. However, "electronic facsimiles of any game of chance" are considered Class III games under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, according to the National Indian Gaming Commission. Class III games can only be operated under an agreement between a tribe and a state. The most recent Class III gaming compacts in North Dakota cover "electronic games of chance with video facsimile displays," which would seem to include electronic pull tabs The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Spirit Lake Nation and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe all signed the agreements, which were negotiated before state lawmakers authorized electronic pull tabs in 2017. Quarterly reports for non-Indian gaming are available from the North Dakota attorney general's office for the quarters ending March 2019, December 2018 and September 2018. The September report contains the first figures from the electronic pull tab machines.
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