PR-157 04-2011

For Immediate Release                    

Contact: Shawn Pensoneau

(202) 632-7003 

NIGC Begins Regulatory Review Consultations
Washington, DC April 14, 2011 — The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC/Commission) begins a series of consultations on April 28, 2011 at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma. These consultations are an opportunity for Tribal leaders to provide substantive input during the regulatory review process.
The Commission organized its review into five regulation groups. Each will proceed separately through three phases: 1) an initial phase when a preliminary draft regulation may be prepared; 2) thereafter the Commission may decide to move forward with publication of a proposed rule, if any, with an approximately sixty-day comment period; and 3) a final phase during which the Commission may decide to promulgate a final rule. Where necessary, a regulation may proceed through the regulatory review process independently from the other regulations in a particular group. 
Consistent with its commitment to transparency, the Commission will continue to consult with tribal governments throughout the regulatory review process. All information related to this review process can be found on our website at then click on the Tribal Consultation on the left side of the website.
The consultation scheduled for April 28, 2011 in Durant, Oklahoma will cover Group One regulations. Group One includes A Buy Indian Act regulation; Part 523 – Review and Approval of Existing Ordinances or Regulations; Part 514 – Fees; Part 559 – Facility License Notifications, Renewals, and Submissions; and Part 542 – Minimum Internal Control Standards for Class III Gaming.
The Commission invites all Tribal leaders and their designees to share their views with the Commission on the Group One regulations during the following scheduled consultation:
Date:              Thursday, April 28, 2011
Time:              9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location:        Choctaw Casino Resort, Room C 1
            3755 Choctaw Road
            Durant, Oklahoma
For planning purposes and to accommodate all who want to attend the consultation, please RSVP to Rita Homa, Executive Secretary, at (202) 418-9807 or by e-mail at
For those Tribal leaders or designees unable to attend this consultation, we invite you to submit written comments by e-mail to, or by US Mail to the National Indian Gaming Commission, Attn: Regulatory Review, 1441 L Street, NW, Suite 9100, Washington, DC 20005.   
The NIGC is an independent regulatory agency established within the Department of the Interior pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988.



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