|One of the leading jurisdictions for the licensing of online casinos, Canada’s Kahnawake Gaming Commission, has announced that all is well despite the announcement last week that CyberWorld Group had been ordered to pay over one million dollars in fines.|
The owners of the GoldenPalace.com online casino, CyberWorld Group, were found guilty of operating sites in the Canadian province of Quebec illegally even though they were licensed by the Kahnawake reservation.
'Actually, as these events have little, if anything, to do with the jurisdiction of the Mohawks of Kahnawake and it has not been an issue for us,' said Chuck Barnett, a Member of the Board Of Supervisors for Mohawk Internet Technologies.
'My understanding is that the offices of GoldenPalace.com were located well into the city of Ville St Laurent, a borough of Montreal, and that it was the offices of CyberWorld Group that were raided. This entity is not licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.'
The Quebec provincial government has reportedly been building a case for more enforcement for online casinos but Kahnawake argues that traditional native rights protect it.
“We tell them that this is our right to do this and we're doing it properly,” said Joe Delaronde, a Member of the Kahnawake Council.
“We're administering it properly. The world seems to think that we're doing a good job and we're confident we'll continue to do a good job. You go to any of the publications around the world about this and Kahnawake is well respected.'