The Interior Department has granted approval to three more Washington tribes’ sports betting compacts, allowing them to begin operations immediately.
The Colville Indian Reservation, the Shoalwater Bay Tribe, and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe have all received approval to offer sports betting at their casinos.
The former is home to the 12 Tribes Resort Casino, Coulee Dam Casino, and Mill Bay Casino, while Shoalwater is home to the Shoalwater Bay Casino and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe operates the Muckleshoot Indian Casino.
The Tulalip, Stillaguamish, Suquamish, Snoqualmie, Lummi, Puyallup, Squaxin, Cowlitz, and Spokane tribes, among others, gained Interior Department authority to begin sports betting earlier this month and will do so in the coming weeks.
The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Kalispel Tribe of Indians, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and The Skokomish Indian Tribe are the four tribes that have yet to receive permission.
The announcement was welcomed by Rebecca George, executive director of the Washington Indian Gaming Association: “The strong partnership that tribal governments in Washington state have built up over the last three decades with the state of Washington and the federal government was further affirmed today, with the Interior Department approving three more tribal compacts, covering the Colville, Shoalwater Bay and Muckleshoot tribes, allowing those tribes to move forward with sports betting.
“Those three tribes join the nine others that received Interior Department approval last week. four more tribal sports betting compacts are pending approval.”
She went on to say that the Snoqualmie Tribe began offering sports betting last week, with the other tribes anticipated to follow suit in the following weeks.
“The Snoqualmie Tribe launched their sports betting operation last week, and the other 15 Washington state tribes will begin offering sports betting in upcoming weeks,” George continued.
Safe and responsible sports betting
“The public can rest assured that tribal sports betting will be conducted safely and responsibly, and will be fair for casino patrons. And the revenues sports bettin generates will remain in Washington state to boost tribal and non-tribal communities alike.
“Tribal gaming is highly regulated gaming, and our tribal sports betting operations will meet the same high standards that have governed other forms of tribal gaming here in Washington.
“Our tribes are justifiably proud of our stellar record of offering safe and responsible gaming at our casinos. Washington tribes do gaming right, and we look forward to continuing to offer the highest quality gaming and entertainment options to visitors to our casinos.”