'We're at the end of the sovereignty cycle'

The 2004 Sovereignty Symposium that concluded on Thursday included a panel discussion on Indian gaming.

Attorneys discussed the tribal-state gaming compact that will go before voters in November. Mike McBride, who represents several Oklahoma tribes against the compact, said only larger tribes will benefit. He said the 6 percent of gross revenues that would go to the state is not justified because tribes will not have exclusivity for certain electronic casino machines.

Jess Green, an attorney who represents the Chickasaw Nation, which supports the compact, wouldn't say whether it was good or bad. But he said it was the result of pressure on tribes and their perceived successes.

"We're at the end of the sovereignty cycle," he was quoted as saying.

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