The northern Washington Nooksack Indian Tribe has received a license to offer A Las Vegas-style Casino games having eventually agreed to terms and conditions with the state following its initial four-year absence.
After a series of deliberation, they agreed with the state’s gaming compact. The Bellingham Herald Newspaper recently reported that the well-known and recognized tribe which formerly operated a couple of casinos which was set up in Washington DC is set to be back in business.
The Casinos were Nooksack River Casino and Smaller Nooksack Northwood Casino. These casinos offered various games including, Blackjack, poker, craps, and roulette but the facilities went down the drain when they were shut down due in the year 2015 due to perpetual financial difficulties.
Going down the memory lane, Nooksack Indian Tribe initially signed a gaming compact in March 1991 but however, they have revised the terms and conditions. The federally-recognized tribe now intends to start offering a more profitable range of Class III games at one of its facilities, Nooksack Northwood Casino, once they recommission the casino.
The facility is situated at Whatcom County which is only a stones throw from the Country’s international border with the neighboring country, Canada. However, the Bureau of Indian Affairs purportedly shut down the casino in 2017. The agency justified its action by claiming the casino had violated the rules guiding the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
The Nooksack Northwood Casino contribution towards combating gambling problems
Following the reports from The Bellingham Herald, the Nooksack Northwood Casino has been set up in the northern part of Lynden, a small Washington city. Over the years, various programs and campaigns have been created to combat the issues associated with gambling problems. Casinos have been charged to make meaningful contributions towards tackling these problems. In fact, the Nooksack Northwood Casino will be required to give out over 0.07% of its net annual revenue.
This is to pledge the Tribe’s support to the campaigns and programs organized towards combating gambling problems. The whole agreement was made on the 14th of March while a publication was released on the 16th of April.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs made it known in an official announcement passed across in April that the Washington based Indian Tribe’s new deal shows what the agency’s Seventh Such Revision of its gaming compact stands for.
The deal will allow the casino to operate on ‘Class III gaming activities on Indian lands’.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs statement goes thus
“The amendment authorizes Class III gaming at two facilities to be located on tribal lands, requires the tribe to initiate a problem gambling program, updates the tribe’s community contributions, updates the application of state law consistent with the compact and provides for review and renegotiation of the compact on a regular basis”.
Finally, The Class III gaming license gives casinos authority to offer games which includes table games, slot machines, ball and dice games, bingo, pull tabs and electronic forms of these games.