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    This page contains letters signed by elected officials, usually written to the President or relevant members of Congress.

99-NGA26 on Jul 27, 1999

Letter: a letter to Senate leaders from 4 Governors:
Source: National Governor's Association letter to Congress
The nationís Governors urge you to support the Indian gaming amendment sponsored by Senator Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and Senator Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.). This amendment would ensure that the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior could not use federal funds to approve Class III gaming in the absence of a tribal-state compact, as required by law. The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 (IGRA) requires that tribes negotiate compacts with states as a condition for conducting Class III gaming in that state.

The National Governorsí Association is currently in discussions with Indian tribes and the U.S. Departments of Interior and Justice about a wide range of tribal-state issues, including Indian gaming. The nationís Governors strongly believe that no statute or court decision provides the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior with the authority to intervene in disputes over compacts between Indian tribes and states about casino gambling on Indian lands. The secretaryís inherent authority includes a responsibility to protect the interests of Indian tribes, making it impossible for the secretary to avoid a conflict of interest or to exercise objective judgment in disputes between states and tribes. We respectfully urge Congress to adopt the Graham-Enzi amendment to ensure the integrity of IGRA.

  • Topic: Civil Rights
  • Headline: Decide Indian gaming rules at state level, not DOI

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Democrats participating in 99-NGA26

Tom Carper s1aDE Democratic Sr Senator 
Jeanne Shaheen s1aNH Democratic Sr Senator 

Republicans participating in 99-NGA26

George Pataki s1aNY Former Republican Governor (1995-2006) 

Independents participating in 99-NGA26

Mike Leavitt s1aUS Cabinet-2008 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 2
Republicans: 1
Independents: 1

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