Are The Quebec Mohawks Operating Legally?
By claire
The results of an investigation by the Surete du Quebec could resolve whether online casinos are illegal, or whether the provincial government will have to rework its gambling regulations to maintain control of the lucrative industry. The government's position is that while there may not be any specifics in the gaming regulations to address virtual casinos, anything not sanctioned by the province is a no-no.

But the Mohawks of Kahnawake disagree. Through their company Mohawk Internet Technologies, the Mohawks have been making money using an Internet-service provider, or ISP, that offers online gambling. Credit-card bets on games such as poker, bingo and slots, are placed in faraway computers that hook up to the Kahnawake server through the Internet.

La Presse recently reported that about 20 companies are using the server, up from 12 last autumn. Provincial police launched an investigation late last year following a request by Public Security Minister Serge Menard. The results have not yet been made public.

Representatives for Mohawk Internet Technologies have said in the past that the company is not afraid of being shut down because the Internet is in a grey zone when it comes to the law and, technically, the gambling isn't taking place on the reserve.

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