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Oversight Hearing on “Executive Branch standards for land-in-trust decisions for gaming purposes”
Thursday, September 19, 2013 2:00 PM
Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs
1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515

Oversight Hearing on:

  • "Executive Branch standards for land-in-trust decisions for gaming purposes”

Member Statements:

The Honorable Don Young
Subcommittee Chairman

Witnesses and Testimony:


Kevin Washburn
Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
U.S. Department of the Interior


The Honorable Todd Mielke
County Commissioner
County of Spokane

Hazel Longmire
Colusa Indian Community Council

Alexander Skibine
University of Utah
(Truth in Testimony Form)


Indian gaming revenues have grown from a very small amount in 1988, to $16.8 billion in 2003, to $27.9 billion in 2012, the highest revenue amount on record. There are more than 420 casinos run by about 240 tribes across 28 states. Concerns have been expressed by tribes, state and municipal governments, and private organizations that the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ policy guidelines do not adequately take into consideration the adverse impacts of off-reservation gaming.

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