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Gaming Law: American Indians & Gambling

Government and Non-Govermnet Organizations

Florida & Tribal Matters

There are two federally recognized tribes within Florida; the Seminoles and the Miccosukees. 

What is Indian gambling?

Indian gambling is gambling conducted by a federally recognized Indian tribe and regulated by federal law. 

The Commerce Clause doctrine and federal preemption has obstructed states' attempts to regulate gamblinga ctivity on Indian reservations within state borders. See Missouri ex rel. Nixon v. Coeur D'Alene Tribe, 164 F.3D 1102 (8th Cir. 1999).

The Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 25 U.S.C. § 28 (2000), governs gambling activity on Indian reservations, but the extent to which it and other federal gambling laws preempt state action in the Internet arena is uncertain. 

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