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More US Control Sought in Tribal Gaming

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U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton, has introduced legislation in Washington that would double funding for the National Indian Gaming Commission, the federal agency assigned to monitor some 400 tribal casinos and gambling operations nationwide. They make up a nearly $20-billion-a-year industry.The NIGC's budget is now capped at $12 million -- which is less than the $16 million the Michigan Gaming Control Board spent last year to oversee Detroit's three casinos, all nontribal.Rogers also introduced a bill calling for a 2-year moratorium on any new tribal casinos nationwide. He said the lack of state and federal oversight of Michigan's tribal casinos, combined with the amount of money flowing through, "is trouble waiting to happen if it hasn't happened already."State Rep. Fulton Sheen, R-Plainwell, said he supports the proposed moratorium and believes Congress should re-examine the 1988 law that gave the national gaming commission authority to oversee tribal casinos and allowed tribes to strike state casino deals. Sheen said

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