Tribal Internet Gaming Alliance Formed

Materials here:

LDF-TIGA Media Release

TIGA Fact Sheet 2013-10-21

TIGA Treaty (Final) 2013-7-25

Press release text here:

Tribal Internet Gaming Alliance forming 25 Years After IGRA
 

Twenty-five years to the day after Congress enacted the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa began a new era of Indian gaming.  On October 17, 2013, the Tribe’s governing body voted unanimously to ratify an inter-tribal agreement to create the Tribal Internet Gaming Alliance (TIGA).  The agreement, being called an inter-tribal treaty, will organize tribes across the country to both offer and regulate internet and mobile phone gaming.  Until laws change, TIGA will accept real-money wagers only from people who are physically present in the member tribes’ jurisdictions, such as patrons at tribal casinos and visitors to other tribal lands.  When customers are outside of tribal jurisdiction, the games will be fun-play and will offer casino promotions.  Games will be those categorized as class II under IGRA, such as slot-like bingo, traditional bingo, pull tabs, and poker.  Because the games are class II, no tribal-state compacts will have to be amended.    

 

Using this strategy, TIGA tribes will jump ahead of the online competition and get extremely valuable experience with real-money wagering before other tribes and gaming operations.  The idea for TIGA began among tribes in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.  TIGA developments are now being followed by 28 tribes in 13 states.

 

Attached you will find: 1) a TIGA Fact Sheet; 2) a media release from the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; and 3) a copy of the TIGA Treaty. 

 

If you have any questions or would like to have a unique quote, please contact me.  I am an Indian gaming attorney at the law firm of Kanji & Katzen, a former Senior Attorney at the National Indian Gaming Commission and a former Assistant Solicitor at the United States Department of the Interior.  You may reach me by email or at (202) 261-6528.

 
Jeffrey Nelson, Counsel
Kanji & Katzen, PLLC
1250 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC  20036
Office:   (202) 261-6528
Mobile: (202) 746-6149
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4 Responses to Tribal Internet Gaming Alliance Formed

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  4. Bryan Lee Franz says:

    What exciting times we are in and the continuous success to help achieve sustainability while providing exceptional entertainment for many.

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