This week, two significant hearings on online gambling took place in the United States. First was before the Commerce Trade and Manufacturing Subcommittee in relation to a bill, which has sponsored for legalization of online poker. Second was hearing on online gaming on Indian Affairs in the Senate Committee. In the Indian Affairs Committee, representatives of two separate tribes from India have given different viewpoints related with the issue.
The Chairman of Mohegan Tribe as Bozsum, has although, supported legalization of online gambling, but mentioned that gambling law should give protection to tribal rights. They should given opportunity for competing on fair and equal gaming field. In contrast, Vice Chairman of Tulalip Tribe has opposed the legalization of online gambling, because he stated that it will endangered all the prosperous and successful Indian land based casinos. However, Chairman of NIGA (National Indian Gaming Association) has supported the viewpoints of Bozsum. He added that any part of revenues of tribal gambling operators should not take as tax by federal or state government.