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North Dakota AG Can't Stop Electronic Bingo

26 June 2006

NORTH DAKOTA – As reported by the Grand Forks Herald: "The North Dakota attorney general's office cannot stop the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa from pursuing a casino with electronic bingo, even if the machines bear a strong resemblance to slot machines.

"That's what Wayne Stenehjem said he told tribal officials when they met with him Thursday.

"…But, he added, the governor still could do plenty.

"…The issue of electronic bingo arose earlier this year when tribal officials, stymied by the governor's refusal to let them have slot machines in their casino. Slot machines are considered Class 3 gaming devices and would require an amendment of the state gaming compact.

"…Tribal chairman Ken Davis has said the tribe might decide to put electronic bingo casinos in trust lands it already has near Williston, N.D., and between Minot and Bismarck. The governor's veto wouldn't apply there and the attorney general couldn't regulate the bingo machines."

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