Pursuant to Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, a tribe may enter into a contract for the management and operation of its gaming operations. Such contracts, though, must be approved by the NIGC Chair, or else are void. 25 U.S.C. §§ 2710(d)(9) and 2711.  See also 25 CFR parts 531 and 533. IGRA also requires a tribe to maintain the sole proprietary interest in its gaming operation. The OGC is frequently asked to review agreements between tribes and outside parties to ensure that they are not management contracts, and therefore required to be submitted for the Chair’s review and approval, and do not violate IGRA’s sole proprietary interest requirements.  On request, the OGC will review drafts of agreements and issue an opinion as to whether or not a contract or an agreement implicates management of a tribe’s gaming operation or violates the sole proprietary interest requirement. The types of contracts and agreements reviewed typically include, but are not limited to: development agreements; loan agreements; security agreements; promissory notes; bond indentures; employment agreements; independent contractor agreements; and, depository account agreements.

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Date Tribe Company
04/23/2013 Nisqually Indian Tribe

Bank of America, N.A.

02/04/2013 Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians

WGSD, LLC

10/12/2012 Pueblo of Laguna

Wells Fargo Bank National Bank

09/24/2012 Forest County Potawatomi

PNC Bank N.A.

08/08/2012 Mohegan Indian Tribe of Connecticut

U.S. Bank, N.A.

07/24/2012 Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe of Indians

Columbia State Bank

07/06/2012 Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe of Indians

Columbia State Bank

06/06/2012 Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma

Bank of Oklahoma

06/04/2012 Pueblo of Santa Clara

BOKF N.A. dba Bank of Albuquerque

03/30/2012 Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians

PNC Bank, N.A.

03/29/2012 Nottawaseppi Band of Huron Potawatomi

FirekeeperÕs Development Authority

03/16/2012 Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians

WG-California

03/16/2012 Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians

Buena Vista Gaming Authority

03/16/2012 Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians

Buena Vista Development Company

03/15/2012 Quechan Indian Tribe

The Bank of New York Mellow Trust Company, N.A.

03/02/2012 Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma

Bank of Oklahoma

02/28/2012 Mohegan Indian Tribe of Connecticut

U.S. Bank, N.A.

02/27/2012 Mohegan Indian Tribe of Connecticut

U.S. Bank, N.A.

02/27/2012 Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Trustmark National Bank

02/22/2012 Pauma Band of Mission Indians

Capitol One, N.A.

02/14/2012 Pauma Band of Mission Indians

Capitol One, N.A.

02/10/2012 Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians

JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.

02/08/2012 Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Bank of America, N.A.

02/03/2012 St. Regis Mohawk Tribe

Keybank, N.A.

01/30/2012 Grand Traverse Band

PNC Bank

01/27/2012 Quechan Indian Tribe

The Bank of New York Mellow Trust Company, N.A.

01/19/2012 Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin

Bank of America, N.A.

01/19/2012 Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin

Bank of America N.A.

01/13/2012 San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians

Bank of America, N.A.

01/13/2012 Citizen Potawatomi Nation

Capital One, N.A.

01/10/2012 Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

12/27/2011 Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin

Bank of America N.A.

12/19/2011 Quechan Indian Tribe

The Bank of New York Mellow Trust Company, N.A.

12/15/2011 Jena Band of Choctaw Indians

PNC Bank, N.A.

12/13/2011 Pueblo of Sandia

Bank of Albuquerque

12/12/2011 Jena Band of Choctaw Indians

PNC Bank, N.A.

12/12/2011 Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe of Indians

Columbia State Bank

12/12/2011 Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians

TFA Consulting

12/12/2011 Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians

Cannery Casino Resorts

12/05/2011 Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians

Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas

11/29/2011 Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa

Great Western Bank

11/04/2011 Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation

BOKF, N.A. dba Bank of Albuquerque

10/27/2011 Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians

Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas

10/27/2011 Delaware Nation

Bank of Oklahoma

09/16/2011 Pueblo of Pojoaque and the Buffalo Thunder Development Authority

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

08/26/2011 Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi Yokut Tribe

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

08/16/2011 Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

08/03/2011 Port Gamble Indian Community

East West Bank

08/01/2011 Fort Sill Apache of Oklahoma

Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company

07/28/2011 Barona Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians

Bank

07/28/2011 Barona Band

Bank

07/15/2011 Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake

Luna Gaming Upper Lake LLC

07/01/2011 Jena Band of Choctaw Indians

PNC Bank, N.A.

07/01/2011 Jena Band of Choctaw Indians

Machal LLC

06/28/2011 Lummi Nation

Wells Fargo Bank

06/23/2011 Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

Bank of America N.A.

06/23/2011 Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria

Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

06/10/2011 United Auburn Indian Community

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

06/07/2011 Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma

Bank of Oklahoma

05/19/2011 Oneida Nation of New York

RBS Citizens, N.A.

05/11/2011 Jena Band of Choctaw Indians

Machal, Inc.

05/04/2011 Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

Wells Fargo Bank N.A., Wells Fargo Securities LLC and U.S. Bank N.A.

05/04/2011 Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians

Bank of America

04/21/2011 Wilton Rancheria

East West Gaming LLC

03/30/2011 Pala Band of Mission Indians

Band of America N.A.

03/23/2011 Temecula Band of Luiseno Mission Indians

Wells Fargo Bank

03/21/2011 Nottawaseppi Band of Huron Potawatomi

FireKeepers Development Authority_Full House Resorts, Inc

03/16/2011 Spokane Tribe of Indians

WG-Airway Heights LLC

03/16/2011 Shinnecock Nation

Gateway Casino Resorts LLC

03/10/2011 Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma Kansas Gaming

Canton Park Financial LLC, Kansas Gaming Ltd., AHG Group LLC

03/01/2011 Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

PNC Bank, N.A.

02/25/2011 Pauma Band of Mission Indians

Bank of America N.A.

02/24/2011 St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

Heartland Business Bank

02/18/2011 Kalispel Tribe of Indians

Bank of America, National Association

02/17/2011 Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Wells Fargo Bank

02/15/2011 Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana

Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc

02/03/2011 Confederated Tribes of Chehalis Reservation

Wells Fargo Bank National Association

12/23/2010 Ohkay Owingeh, Tsay Corporation

Bank of Albuquerque

12/23/2010 Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana

Wells Fargo Bank

12/15/2010 Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise

Navajo Nation

12/10/2010 Pueblo of Sandia

Bank of Albuquerque

12/10/2010 Pueblo of Pojoaque

Fine Point Group

12/09/2010 St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

Prudential Insurance Company of America

12/06/2010 Spokane Tribe of Indians

WG-Airway Heights LLC

11/30/2010 Suquamish Tribe, Port Madison Enterprises

Bank of America N.A.

11/29/2010 Winnebago Tribe

PNC Bank N.A.

11/29/2010 Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians

Wilmington Trust

11/05/2010 Seneca Nation of Indians

Bank of America N.A. and Banc of America Securities LLC

10/29/2010 Seminole Tribe of Florida

U.S. Bank National Association

09/29/2010 Spokane Tribe of Indians

WG-Washington LLC

09/14/2010 Berry Creek Rancheria for Maidu Indians of CA

Bank of America N.A.

08/20/2010 Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association

07/15/2010 Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians

Goldman Sachs Lending Partners LLC

07/02/2010 Big Sandy Rancheria and Big Sandy Entertainment Authority

Brownstone LLC

06/02/2010 Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians

Wells Fargo Bank

06/02/2010 Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association

05/27/2010 Sokaogon Chippewa Community

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association

04/06/2010 Manchester Band of Pomo Indians

Pueblo of Laguna and Morongo Band of Mission Indians

04/02/2010 LaJolla Band of Luiseno Indians

Panther Partners LLC

03/19/2010 Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Bank of America N.A.

02/23/2010 Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

02/22/2010 St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

Heartland Business Bank

02/22/2010 La Posta Band of Mission Indians

Yavapai Apache Nation

12/17/2009 Mescalero Apache Tribe

WG-IMG LLC

12/09/2009 Pueblo of Isleta

Hard Rock Hotel Holdings, LLC and HRHH IP, LLC

12/08/2009 Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma

Paragon Consulting Group Inc.

12/02/2009 Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake

Luna Gaming Upper Lake LLC

10/30/2009 Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma Kansas Gaming

AHG Group

10/30/2009 Otoe Missouria Development Authority

TW Gaming, LLC

09/02/2009 Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians

MPM Enterprises L.L.C.

09/02/2009 Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians

End to End Enterprises

09/01/2009 Caddo Nation of Oklahoma

Gaming Development Company LLC

09/01/2009 Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma

Thunderbird Entertainment Center

06/25/2009 Bay Mills Indian Community

Bally Technologies

05/07/2009 Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma

Sunway Hotel Group,Inc.

03/30/2009 Elem Indian Colony of Pomo Indians of the Sulphur Bank Rancheria

Pacific Development Partners

03/19/2009 Timbisha Shoshone Tribe

Global Investment Enterprises, LLC

02/26/2009 Chemehuevi Indian Tribe

Barstow Enterprises

02/19/2009 Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation

Lake Sakakawea and Associates LLC

02/17/2009 Cherokee Nation Entertainment LLC

HRHH IP LLC and Hard Rock Hotel Holdings LLC

01/23/2009 Muscogee (Creek) Nation

Re: Gross Revenue

10/21/2008 Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma

Caywil New York LLC

10/21/2008 Sac & Fox Nation Business Enterprises

American Gaming Systems

09/24/2008 Sac & Fox Nation Business Enterprises

American Gaming Systems

09/23/2008 Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma

Sunway-Postoak Gaming

09/23/2008 Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians

Employee

09/23/2008 Bay Mills Indian Community

Aristocrat Technologies

07/03/2008 Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma

RPDC LLC

06/04/2008 Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana

Duetsche Bank Trust Co Americas

05/16/2008 United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria

Wells Fargo, Station Casinos, Station California, Station Development

05/07/2008 Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

Lakes Management Co.

04/24/2008 Chippewa Cree Development

Employee

03/12/2008 Hoh Indian Tribe

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

03/06/2008 Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Harrah’s Entertainment,Inc

02/20/2008 Rosebud Sioux Tribe

RST Gaming Commission

02/08/2008 Jena Band of Choctaw Indians

Machal, Inc.

01/25/2008 Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Calleo Entertainment

08/29/2007 Osage Nation K&D Gaming, LLC
06/14/2007 Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Sharp Image Gaming, Inc
04/10/2007 Kiowa Tribe of OK and KCOA, CDG, TS Ventures Red River Gaming
03/29/2007 Caddo Nation of OK Onnam Native American Enterprises, LLC
02/26/2007 Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Indians Yavapai-Apache Nation
12/07/2006 Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation MGM MIRAGE
11/03/2006 Cowlitz Indian Tribe Salishan-Mohegan, LLC
10/27/2006 Pueblo of Jemez Pueblo of Jemez Tribal Gaming Enterprise, and Circle P Investments of NM, LLC
10/05/2006 Osage Tribe K&D Gaming, Oklahoma Gaming Development and Megabingo
09/27/2006 Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation MGM MIRAGE
09/27/2006 Kiowa Tribe of OK Casino Development Group-Kiowa I, LLC
09/06/2006 Kiowa Tribe of OK Kiowa Casino Operations Authority and Luna Gaming Randlett, LLC
07/07/2006 Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Indians Yavapai-Apache Nation
06/21/2006 Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of OK Caywil New York, LLC
06/16/2006 Kiowa Tribe of OK and Kiowa Casino Operations Authority and Luna Gaming Randlett, LLC Kiowa Casino Operations Authority and Luna Gaming Randlett, LLC
04/04/2006 La Jolla Band of Mission Indians Gold River, LLC
03/20/2006 Ho-Chunk Nation Autotote
01/19/2006 Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians Richmond Gaming
12/19/2005 Comanche Nation of OK CDST-Comanche, LLC
12/12/2005 La Jolla Band of Mission Indians Gold River, LLC
12/09/2005 Caddo Nation of OK Gaming Development Co, LLC
12/02/2005 Comanche Nation of OK CDST-Comanche, LLC
11/15/2005 Caddo Nation of OK Power Plant Entertainment OK, LLC
10/21/2005 Bay Mills Indian Community Michigan Magic and Penny Arcade
10/18/2005 Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians Buena Vista Development, LLC
09/20/2005 Comanche Nation of OK 49, L.L.C.
08/22/2005 Comanche Nation of OK 49, L.L.C.
06/02/2005 Bay Mills Indian Community Lieberman Companies, Inc.
05/24/2005 Hannahville Indian Community Sweetwater Gaming, Inc.
05/03/2005 Lytton Band of Pomo Indians California Indian Gaming Development, LLC
02/22/2005 Ottawa Tribe of OK C&S Gaming
02/07/2005 Western Delaware Tribe Sodak Gaming
02/04/2005 Western Delaware Tribe Miami Tribe of OK Business Development Authority
02/01/2005 Contract review The IGRA's sole proprietary interest requirement
12/21/2004 Guidiville Indian Rancheria N.G.V.
11/30/2004 Peoria Tribe of Indians of OK Multimedia Games, Inc.
11/30/2004 Osage Tribe K&D Gaming Megabingo, Inc
11/30/2004 Kickapoo Tribe of OK Megabingo, Inc.
11/30/2004 Iowa Tribe of OK Megabingo Inc.
11/30/2004 Delaware Tribe of Western OK Sierra Design
11/30/2004 Delaware Tribe of Western OK OK Coin
11/30/2004 Delaware Tribe of Western OK Megabingo, Inc
11/30/2004 Delaware Tribe of Western OK Megabingo, Inc unsigned contract
11/05/2004 Ely Shoshone Tribe Miami Tribe of OK Business Development Authority
11/04/2004 Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of OK Native American Land Group, LLC
11/03/2004 Western Delaware Tribe Sodak Gaming
11/03/2004 Osage Tribe K&D Gaming Megabingo, Inc
11/03/2004 Miami Tribe of OK Business Development Authority Western Delaware Tribe
08/19/2004 Timbisha Shoshone Tribe Tinaldo Corp
08/11/2004 Lytton Rancheria of CA Sodak Gaming, LLC
08/10/2004 Cahuilla Band of Indians Abello, LLC