Legislative progress underway for Iowa Tribe’s sports gambling agreement with Kansas • Kansas Reflector

Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Granted Permission for Sports Betting on Reservation Land

In a historic move, the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska has been granted permission to allow sports wagering on reservation land in northeast Kansas. The decision was made by a joint House and Senate committee who unanimously voted to amend the state’s gambling compact with the tribe.

The Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation, operating a casino about 15 miles north of Topeka, was the first tribe to complete the sports-wagering process in July 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.

Sports betting expanded in states and on tribal lands following the 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 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 the compact. According to Justin Whitten, chief counsel to the governor,

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