The Colville, Shoalwater Bay and Muckleshoot Tribes received on Thursday the approval from the US Department of the Interior for revised gaming compacts that will allow them to move forward with sports betting.
Nine other Washington State tribes received approval last week to launch sports betting, and will do so in upcoming weeks. Four other tribes are still waiting for a final decision from the Interior Department. The announcement came in a statement issued by Executive Director of the Washington Indian Gaming Association (WIGA), Rebecca George, which reads as follows:
"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.
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. 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 betting 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."