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Sports Betting on Tribal Land: Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Secures Approval for In-Person Wagering

BySamantha Jones

Apr 2, 2024
Legislative progress underway for Iowa Tribe’s sports gambling agreement with Kansas • Kansas Reflector

The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska has secured approval from a joint House and Senate committee to allow sports wagering on reservation land in northeast Kansas. The Committee on Inter-Tribal Relations endorsed the sports-betting agreement, which needs approval from both chambers of the Legislature and Gov. Laura Kelly before being submitted to the U.S. Department of Interior for review.

The Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation, operating a casino about 15 miles north of Topeka, was the first tribe in Kansas to complete the sports-wagering process in July 2023. In April 2023, the Senate approved the tribe’s revised compact 27-8 and it was endorsed 93-27 in the House. Attorney Russ Brien, a member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, mentioned that the compact is similar to the one approved last year for the Prairie Band.

After years of debate, the Legislature approved a mobile and retail sports gambling bill in 2022 that was signed by Gov. Kelly. The bill applied to various state-licensed casinos, including Boot Hill Casino & Resort, Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, Kansas Star Casino, and Kansas Crossing Casino.

Tribes in Kansas can participate in sports gambling on professional and collegiate events, but they must follow a different procedure for regulatory approval. Tribal casinos interested in sports betting must request approval from the governor and engage in negotiations to amend their compact. According to Justin Whitten, chief counsel to the governor, this revised compact allows in-person sports wagering on reservation land held by

By Samantha Jones

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