Congress opposes Medford casino

Congress opposes Medford casino

The Coquille Indian Tribe's proposal to open a second casino drew criticism from the chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.

Oregon has nine casinos, each owned by a different tribe. The Coquille tribe has a casino along the central Oregon coast at North Bend and plans to turn a Medford bowling alley into a casino with video gambling.

The congressional panel considered the proposal at a Sept. 19 hearing. It recommended rewriting portions of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 to make it more difficult for tribes to set up distant casinos, said Chairman Don Young, an Alaska Republican.

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