Alaskan Tribal Gaming
In August 2008, the Metlakatla tribe made an effort to add a five-line amendment to its gaming ordinance. This change would have made one-touch machines legitimate Class II machines. This reclassification would have changed the standards for gaming machines for all tribes, not just for those in Alaska. The state of Oklahoma challenged the appeal because of the effects the reclassification would have had on its gaming industry. If the appeal had been successful, thousands of machines currently played in Oklahoma would have become illegal without a compact with the state of Oklahoma for Class III machines. Later that same August, the Metlakatla tribe withdrew its appeal, preventing the NIGC from taking further actions on the matter and stopping any potential precedent the change in law might have set.
On 5 June 2010, NIGC chairman Phil Hogen denied allowance of "one-touch" bingo games for Class II gaming tribes as actual electronic Class III games of chance.
In 2016, the National Indian Gaming Commission approved an ordinance for the Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes. Also in 2016, the Craig Tribal Association became the first Alaska tribe to apply for land to be put in a trust, even though there were no definitive plans to offer gaming on the land., and the application was approved in 2017.
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