New DOI Test May Prove Costly For Tribal Casino Projects

Law360, New York (March 31, 2014, 8:05 PM EDT) -- While several tribes with pending casino proposals can cheer a recent Department of the Interior opinion providing some much-needed clarity on how to get a project site covered by tribal land laws, groups with fewer resources could be elbowed out by the agency's tough new test without a major gambling partner with deep pockets, attorneys say.

On March 12, the DOI's Office of the Solicitor issued an opinion explaining how it's choosing to understand the phrase “under federal jurisdiction” in the Supreme Court's 2009 Carcieri v. Salazar...
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