Skibine comments on impact of Mashpee, Cowlitz rulings on casino law

Alex_Skibine_kdesuoS.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Alexander Skibine spoke with the The Herald News in Fall River, MA about recent rulings that could have a profound impact on the future of tribal casinos across the country.

“Personally, I think the judge issued a pretty sound decision in this case,” said University of Utah law professor Alexander Skibine, a former deputy counsel for Indian Affairs for the U.S. House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. “The question is, do you find this ambiguous or not?”

Despite apparent similarities between the Cowlitz and Mashpee cases, the rulings “are not contradictory” because they deal with different sections of the 1934 law, Skibine said.

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