Native American Indian Tribe Stops Giving The State Of Florida Thier Anual Casino Fee
The State Of Florida has been receiving $350 million dollars per year from the Seminole Tribe. Recently, this Native Amerian Indian Tribe announces they are halting their $350 million dollars annual fee. The Seminole Tribe owns and operates The Hard Rock Casino in Florida. In a local media news, The Seminole Tribe’s chairman, Marcellus Osceola Jr. allegedly, tells Gov. Ron DeSantis they are stopping the largest tribal gaming revenue share deals with the same. Ultimately, this is the largest revenue-sharing deal in the State Of Florida and the entire United States Of America.
While this may come as a shock to the state, The Seminole Tribes gives them an out by allowing them to get rid of their player designated games from their horse Racetracks. Additionally, they tell the State Of Florida they will also remove their games from other parimutuel venues. After that, The Seminole Tribe says they may reconsider their position.
The Native American Indian Tribe makes an agreement with the State Of Florida in 2010. More specially, they agree to share the profits from some exclusive games such a blackjack. However, they seem to think that these designated games breach the current deal. Are The Seminole’s looking for a way to negotiate their yearly real money gambling fee? After all, they say that after they remove these designated games they will reconsider.
Will The Seminole Native American Indian Tribe Continue Making Payments To Florida?
Since 2010, The Seminole Indian Tribe continues to make their $350 million annual payments. However, things change in 2016. In 2016, a Federal Court Judgement rules in favor of the Native American Indian Tribe. More specially, the Judge says they can offer exclusive games like blackjack until 2030 without approval from The State Of Florida. However, FL doesn’t see it that way. Ultimately, the state feels that they are violating the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act for the disputed games in 2011.
Recently in 2018, Gov Rick Stock tries to make a temporary deal with the Seminoles to have the annual payments continue. However, the state has to enforce the Native American Indian Tribes exclusive rights to these games very aggressively.
The Seminoles Attorney Allegedly Makes A Statement To The Florida Politics Website
First of all, The Seminole Tribe’s attorney is Barry Richard. In the Florida Politics website, he says the enforcement “absolutely did not occur.” Shortly after that, he says “Actually, the state stops all enforcement efforts.” After that, he goes on to say the Native American Indian Tribe’s patience has been wearing thin.
While it appears The Seminoles agree to a thirty-one year deal with the Republican Senate Leaders, it is unclear how they will enforce this. After all, the deal seems to include other games like craps, roulette, and sports betting.
• Source: Compact is a sweetheart deal for the Seminoles because state is underpaid From Floridapolitics.com On April 12, 2019.
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