9th Circ. Says Tribe's Casino OK Under NEPA

Law360, New York (July 20, 2009, 2:51 PM EDT) -- The National Indian Gaming Commission did not violate the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to prepare an environmental impact statement in connection with the construction of a Washington casino owned by the Nooksack American Indian tribe, a federal appeals court has ruled.

In a decision Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit shot down a challenge by North County Community Alliance Inc. to the NIGC's approval of the Nooksacks' gaming ordinance in 1993 and the subsequent construction of...
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