‘Too conservative’ NIGC Chairman resigns
By Linda
As reported by the Associated Press: “National Indian Gaming Commission Chairman Montie Deer, whose conservative approach to gambling on reservations often conflicted with gaming tribes, has resigned.

“Richard Schiff, the commission's acting chief of staff, said Deer is leaving to pursue other career opportunities in Tulsa, Okla. Deer submitted his letter of resignation to President Bush last Friday, with his resignation effective Sept. 5.

“Most recently, Deer angered several Oklahoma tribes when he issued a sweeping decision that a machine popular in dozens of casinos was a slot machine, prohibited in the types of casinos the tribes operated.

“Multimedia Games Inc., manufacturer of the machines, and several tribes sued the gaming commission over Deer's determination and that lawsuit is pending.

“…In recent appearances before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Deer cautioned that gaming commission's $7.8 million budget has made it impossible for it to keep pace with the rapid growth in Indian gambling…”

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