“Tribal Gaming Agency” means the person, agency, board, committee, commission, or council designated under tribal law, including, but not limited to, an intertribal gaming regulatory agency approved to fulfill those functions by the National Indian Gaming Commission, as primarily responsible for carrying out the Tribe’s regulatory responsibilities under IGRA and the Tribal Gaming Ordinance. No person employed in, or in connection with, the management, supervision, or conduct of any gaming activity may be a member or employee of the Tribal Gaming Agency. – (Sec. 2.20) 1999 Tribal State Gaming Compact
The Pit River Gaming Commission is the Tribal Gaming Agency established under the Pit River Tribe Gaming Ordinance
QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE:
The following minimum requirements must be met to qualify for membership on the Commission:
i. Must be an enrolled member of the Pit River Tribe;
ii. Qualified by experience or education to serve as a full time working member of the Tribe’s gaming regulatory body;
iii. Twenty-one (21) years of age; and
iv. Successfully pass a background investigation and sign the Code of conduct.
DISQUALIFICATION FOR OFFICE:
The following persons shall not serve as Commissioners:
i. Employees of any Gaming Entity on the Reservation;
ii. Persons related to any Gaming Contractor (including any principal thereof or Closely Associated Independent Contractor); or
iii. Persons who have been convicted of a felony.
Gaming Regulatory Framework
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1987 that states had no regulatory control over gaming
conducted on Indian land (California v. Cabazon ). State governments reacted with alarm and
Congress began development of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. In 1988, IGRA became law
after tribes and states reached a compromise to give states unprecedented joint authority over
tribal government gaming. This is achieved through tribal-state gaming compact negotiations,
such as those affirmed by compacts, the contents of which were made legal by voter passage of
Proposition 1A in California in March 2000. IGRA recognizes the right of tribes to conduct
similar gaming on tribal land in states where such gaming is permitted outside the reservation
for other purposes. IGRA also emphasizes the dire economic need of tribes, and gaming is one
of the few revenue producing ventures that have generated income for tribal governments. The
Indian Gaming Regulatory Act creates three classes of tribal gaming:
Social games for prizes of minimal value or traditional forms of Indian gaming as part of tribal
ceremonies or celebrations.
Bingo and related games, including pull tabs, lotto, punch boards, tip jars, instant bingo and
some card games, excluding house banked card games.
All forms of gaming that are not Class I or Class II, including video lottery terminals, slot
machines and house banked table games, like blackjack, roulette and dice games. Only Class
III games require tribal-state compacts.