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Tribe Fights Federal Orders

19 June 2006

TACOMA, Washington – As reported by the Oregonian: "The Puyallup tribe is fighting a federal demand that it immediately stop sending its members $2,000 monthly profit-sharing payments drawn from the tribe's gambling income.

"The National Indian Gaming Commission in a recent notice said the tribe is misspending gambling profits by giving away more money than is permitted under tribal rules.

"The commission ordered the tribe to immediately halt those payments, which last year consumed 65 percent of the tribe's $134 million in net gambling revenues.

"Puyallup tribal officials, however, have a different take.

"'We agree that their notice was sent out on June 12,' tribal attorney John Bell said. 'Beyond that, we don't agree with anything in it.'

"…The $2,000 payments are allotted to each of the tribe's 3,450 members as a way to share the benefits of its gambling operations, including the Emerald Queen Casino…"

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