Although the PokerTribes.com website proclaims that online gambling for real money is coming soon, what’s really coming is the end to a federal lawsuit that the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes had filed in hopes of being first from the U.S. to offer online gambling outside the country’s borders.
Granted permission last April via a deal with the administration of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to offer online poker and casino games internationally but not within the U.S., the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes were blindsided by the Department of Interior in November and told that state officials have no authority to allow such an exclusive arrangement. Tribal leaders filed a federal lawsuit in December in hopes of allowing the agreement to move forward.
But a new government took over the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes last month, and with it came a decision to no longer pursue the idea of operating a gambling website outside of the U.S. that is situated on tribal land in Oklahoma, the Native American Times reported. While some $9.5 million was reportedly spent by the tribe on its international igaming hopes, new Cheyenne and Arapaho Governor Rollin “Eddie” Hamilton has decided not to throw good money after bad in continuing the pursuit that promised to be both costly and a likely losing effort.