Does the Commission approve the opening of every Indian casino?

The Commission does not specifically approve the opening of Indian gaming facilities. However, before a tribe may operate a gaming facility, the NIGC must have reviewed and approved a tribe's gaming ordinance. A tribe must also license every gaming facility and submit to the NIGC notification that a license will be issued and a copy of any license that is issued. In addition, the land upon which the gaming operation will be located must be Indian land for gaming purposes. Additionally, if a tribe wishes to have management by a third party, the Chair must review and approve the management contract.

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