The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Indian tribes of Montana, U.S. are reportedly unsatisfied with the current Class III Gaming agreement held with stating gaming regulators who could very well turn down their request to increase the number of allocated casino gambling machines as well as the high limit for maximum bets and payouts. Although the tribe’s have until November 30 to work out negotiations with Montana officials, the fact that nothing has come to fruition and that no meetings are scheduled as of yet, has many local business owners worried their may be a Class III Gaming prohibition.
A prohibition would certainly take place if an agreement is not made, and business owners would surely lose a considerable amount of revenue generated from the gambling machines that are traditionally found in casinos, such as video poker and keno. However, as far as the tribes are concerned, they want nothing other than to possess full jurisdiction over the machines allowed on their reservation and at businesses located on tribal lands. But with Montana not easily giving up its stake in the matter, the tribes may need to at least settle for a raise in the betting and payout caps, and maybe an allowance for a greater total of permitted gambling machines.
State negotiator Deanne Sandholm says that both tribes are very adamant about having their requests met, although they understand it will behoove them to work with Montana casino and gaming officials. Likewise, the State of Montana understands that a Class III gaming prohibition would greatly reduce tax revenue and funding for needed programs. As for many of the local businesses, they are preparing themselves just in case an agreement is not made by the November 30 deadline. Some are making provisions for live entertainment and promotions while others are taking a safe approach by considering employee cutbacks.