Maine: House and Senate pass bill that offers Tribal communities more federal aid

June 22, 2023
By
Leer en Español

However, the proposal could be vetoed by the Governor.

Legislators in Maine recently voted to advance a bill in support of the state’s four Indigenous Tribes, according to a local report in the Portland Press Herald. The bill would permit the Tribes to “benefit from more federal laws.”

The proposal passed with overwhelming support in both the Senate and the House. The House of Representatives approved the bill by a vote of 100 to 74. The Senate endorsed the bill by a 26 to 8 vote.

However, advancing the proposal could potentially cause conflict with Governor Mills, who has opposed the bill and “instead prefers targeted reforms of a landmark settlement act that makes the tribes subject to state laws, unlike most other federally recognized tribes in the US.”

Passamaquoddy Tribal House Representative Aaron Dana told the Press Herald that the recent bill “would produce the largest step toward self-governance in recent history” but noted that “it falls well short of the full tribal sovereignty effort that is expected next session.”

Dana went on to comment, “The immediate and the critical impact this could have for the Wabanaki is why I say this could be the single most important bill in recent history.”

The Wabanaki Alliance said, “The 151 laws enacted by Congress since 1980 to benefit tribal communities could help improve public health, respond to natural disasters, promote economic development and protect the environment.”

Other Tribal leaders described the provision as “problematic,” citing that the Tribes have attempted to utilize federal laws on the books in the past but faced jurisdictional objections from the state.

State-by-State

Product Spotlight

Konami

Things get unruly in the company of some fleecy characters in the new Konami Gaming’s new Unwooly Riches slot series.

The top 5 properties that changed Las Vegas

Regular Gaming America contributor Oliver Lovat joins Tim Poole on the Huddle to discuss his 5 properties that changed Las Vegas - giving every resorts an influence rating out of 10. The question is: do you agree?

Peter Schoenke - Sports betting is here... but fantasy sports keeps growing

Peter Schoenke joins Tim Poole on the Huddle to discuss all things fantasy sports. His brand, RotoWire, is at the intersection of the affiliate and fantasy worlds, generating revenue from subscriptions, providing APIs to operators and via affiliate marketing. We discuss:


Within the states of Florida and California, Tribal gaming finds itself in a fascinating position. In Florida, only the Seminole Tribe, and Hard Rock, can provide mobile sports betting, with continued legal challenges f...

view-points
Viewpoints: Discussing the use of player loyalty programs
Industry experts answer Gaming America's burning questions on all things related to Tribal operators and player loyalty programs, including Rymax, CasinoTrac, OIGA, Mohegan and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
52-54-fabio-ferreira
Sports betting regulation in Brazil: What can we expect?
Mattos Filho's Fabio Kujawski speaks to Gaming America about the uncertainty surrounding Brazil's roadmap to regulation and the need for a singular gaming authority.
companies-going-private
Going private: Gaming's new standard?
A state of neo-IPO: Gaming America investigates, as more and more companies come off the public market.
46-47-michael-hershman
Soloviev Group CEO: Moving to New York
The Soloviev Group, in collaboration with Mohegan, continues to wait on the NYGC for approval on its Freedom Plaza project. Gaming America spoke with Soloviev Group CEO Michael Hershman to learn more.