The Nucksack Indian tribe recently closed its Northwood casino in northern Washington after the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) noticed it was believed to have violated Indian gaming regulations.
Last Thursday, gaming board officials ordered Northwood casino officials to close the site until further notice. The sudden decision was made not only because of the numerous violations of the law found, but also because of the fact that the Nooksak Tribal Parliament is not currently recognized by the Home Office or the Indian Secretariat. This means casinos should be closed because they are operating illegally in the state.
Some of the breaches stated by authorities are not limited to the failure to properly manage game buildings to protect public health and safety – the EPA found a major problem with the water system in the facility and concluded that it did not meet the standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
In addition, the U.S. government decided that casinos were “failed to maintain their own ownership” and were inadvertently handling gaming activities. The casino’s management team also failed to properly review the licensing of the members of the Green Corporation, the main management in charge of game management in the casino 카지노사이트
Jonodev Chauhury, chairman of the National Board of Indian Games, said the Tribal Commission takes the problems found very seriously and will investigate further the situation in which these problems have occurred. They also filed a $13.7 million damages suit against the government, but were later dismissed because the tribe was not authorized to file it. If the tribe wants to reopen the casino, it must meet all the requirements of the officials.
All of this has a background that goes back to 2016. Last November the Noksak tribe came to the conclusion that it was best for them to expel 289 people from the tribal membership list. According to some tribal lawmakers, the individuals lacked sufficient ties and blood ties to the tribe, and this decision only corrected the mistake of registering them before.
A legal battle with the Indian Games Commission followed, of course. The fact that there are four remaining councillors in the tribe and their membership expired at the end of 2016 also doesn’t help them. No legitimate elections were held for the new lawmakers, which is why the U.S. government has issued a statement that it no longer recognizes them as tribal.