MCCAIN TO HOLD HEARINGS ON INDIAN GAMING
U.S. Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today announced his intention to hold additional hearings, beginning early in 2006, on off-reservation gaming and Indian gaming on recently-acquired lands. During the past session of Congress, Senator McCain held a series of hearings on the issue and introduced a bill, S. 2078, to amend the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). At hearings in the upcoming second session of Congress, Senator McCain intends to examine not only S. 2078's proposals to stem the proliferation of gaming on newly acquired land, but also to further examine the administrative process by which lands for gaming are taken into trust.
"When Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988, no one foresaw that Indian gaming would become as wide-spread or as far removed from existing reservations as it has. It is time for Congress to re-examine the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, and its implementation, to determine what amendments are warranted" Senator McCain said.