Indian Gaming Money Comes Under Scrutiny:
In the post-Abramoff era politicians are taking a second look at Indian sovereignty rules. The Christian Science Monitor explains that two things are under scrutiny: “the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), which is meant to control Indian casinos, and tribes’ unique position regarding campaign contributions.” Tribes do not face the same restrictions as corporations or unions and can make unlimited political contributions. In 2004 Indian tribes contributed $8 million to political candidates. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) are noted as being in favor of oversight and regulation of Indian gaming money. The Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on the issue.