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Officials question legality of compact with Seminole Indians

Dec 30, 2008 5:08 PM
by Ray Poirier | State and federal officials can’t seem to get their acts together in Florida where the Seminole Indians have been raking in the gambling dollars under a compact that may or may not be legal.

The compact was negotiated with Gov. Charlie Crist but was never ratified by the legislature. Crist still wants the legislature to approve the compact and is including revenue from the Seminole gambling activity in his current budget.

But Atty. Gen. Bill McCollum insists that table games at Seminole casinos are illegal and should be stopped. The Florida Supreme Court agrees.

McCollum wrote the U.S. Attorney in Tampa that the Seminoles were offering Las Vegas-style slot machines and card games. He demanded that it be stopped immediately.

The tribe disputes the legal interpretation and says it is working with the National Indian Gaming Commission to resolve the issue.