Tribal Recognition System “Perverse”
By staff
Liz Bentson in the Las Vegas Sun has reported that Scott Scherer, a member of Nevada’s Gaming Control Board and a “top Nevada casino regulator” has called for a “review of the federal process by which Indian tribes are recognized and lands are approved for casino development.”

Scherer called the current system “perverse,” insisting that the system was “unfair for some tribes.” “It's a perverse system when older, more established tribes are at a competitive disadvantage to brand new tribes,” Scherer told gaming attorneys and regulators in Henderson, Nevada, at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association.

“Interpretations of federal law are allowing recently created tribes with a handful of members to secure more lucrative lands for casinos than the majority of tribes with historical lands that are in remote areas,” Scherer added. “It's a loophole that investors are exploiting,” he said, adding that landless tribes are bankrolled by developers to buy land, gain recognition, and then start up casino businesses, with the investors sharing the profits, of course, in a business they themselves would not otherwise have any right to.

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