Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma Subpoenaed

The National Indian Gaming Commission, a federal entity responsible for regulating tribal gaming, issued a subpoena to the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma. This was to seek details on the poker tournament the tribe had hosted in Akela last month. The subpoena demanded details on the number of participants, name of employees and other critical tournament information.

Since this tournament was already under investigation by the New Mexico gaming committee, the tribe refused to provide this information unless there was some written assurance that the information provided would not be used to prosecute the officials and would also not be handed over to the New Mexico government.

This tournament was hosted on June 22. The tribe stated that this was an effort to force the NIGC to take action against the tribe, thus paving the way for a lawsuit against the government. All of this stems from the fact that the tribe’s casino east of Deming was under heavy debate. The government believes that the tribe has no legal rights to start a casino.

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