BREAKING: SCOTUS sides with Native American tribe in Texas casino case

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On Wednesday, the Supreme Court sided with Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Indian Tribe in a case against Texas gambling officials regarding gaming activities that went against Texas laws, but were permitted under federal legislation.

The Tribe had sought to bring class three games, like blackjack and baccarat, to their reservation, but Texas refused, stating that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) passed by Congress in 1988 was displaced by the Ysleta del Sur and Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act.

The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo has a reservation near El Paso, Texas, with the tribe including more than 4,000 members. It is one of three federal recognized Indian Tribes in the state.

A summary of the ruling stated that Texas’ Restoration Act “bans as a matter of federal law on tribal lands only those gaming activities also banned in Texas.”

“The State reads the Act as effectively subjecting the Tribe to the entire body of Texas gaming laws and regulations. The Tribe, however, understands the Act to bar it from offering only those gaming activities the State fully prohibits, and that if Texas merely regulates bingo, the Tribe may also offer that game subject only to federal-law, not state-law, limitations,” Gorsuch wrote.

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