Tribal Interests to Provide Testimony at Thursday's Online Gambling Senate Hearing

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According to Poker News Report, Indian tribes may express interest in drafting their own online poker and gambling legislation at Thursday's U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing, “Regulation of Tribal Gaming: From Brick & Mortar to the Internet.”

Senators Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) and Harry Reid (D-Nevada) have authored a federal Internet poker bill that has yet to receive support from many Republican senators. The details of that bill will not be made public before tomorrow's meeting, as the bill has yet to be submitted to Congress, reported PartTimePoker.com.

Among the tribal representatives presenting testimony at the oversight hearing are:

  • Tracie Stevens, chairwoman of the National Indian Gaming Commission in Washington, D.C.,
  • Bruce ”Two Dogs” Bozsum, chairman of the Mohegan Tribe in Uncasville, Connecticut,
  • Glen Gobin, secretary of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington in Tulalip, Washington,
  • Jamie Hummingbird, chairperson of the National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and
  • Elizabeth Homer, attorney at Homer Law in Washington, D.C.

The only speaker invited to attend who is not a tribal representative is Jon Porter, a lobbyist for the Poker Players Alliance, a former congressman and currently president of Porter Gordon Silver Communications in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This is the Committee on Indian Affairs' third hearing to address the subject of Internet gaming in the past year. At the first hearing in November 2011, “Two Dogs” Bozsum and Gobin provided testimony before the Committee. Another hearing was held in February of this year.

PartTimePoker.com reported that Thursday’s hearing will commence at 2:15 p.m. EST with a webcast of the hearing expected to be shown on the committee website here.