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Office of Indian Gaming (OIG)

The Office of Indian Gaming, under the supervision of the Deputy Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Economic Development and Policy, is responsible for implementing those gaming-related activities assigned to the Bureau of Indian Affairs by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and other Federal laws. The office develops policies and procedures for review and approval of: tribal/state compacts; per capita distributions of gaming revenues; and requests to take land into trust for purpose of conducting gaming. Work is coordinated with the National Indian Gaming Commission and with state, local, and tribal governments that may be impacted by gaming proposals.


The latest decisions on Indian Gaming at Indian Affairs

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, March 12, 2015 Decision Letter

Oglala Sioux Tribe, January 22, 2015 Compact Approval

Forest County Potawatomi Community January 9, 2015 Decision Letter

Wyandotte Nation, July 3, 2014 Decision Letter

Tohono O'odham Nation, July 3, 2014 Decision Letter

Tohono O'odham Nation, July 23, 2010 Decision Letter

 Kickapoo Tribe of Indians of the Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas, July 3, 2014 Decision Letter

 Kaw Nation, Oklahoma, Approved Trust Acquisition for Gaming- March 10, 2014

Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California Approved Trust Acquisition of Restored Land for Restored Tribe - January 24, 2014

NEPA Documents

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe


Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California

Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians

 Stockbridge Munsee Community


 Land and Two Part Decisions

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin  -Two Part Application- August 23, 2013


Kaw Nation- Trust Acquisition for Gaming- May 17, 2013


Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California

Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California - September 1, 2011 - pdf 8.45 mb

Northfork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California

North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California - September 1, 2011 - pdf  13.6 mb

Compact Decisions

Viejas(Baron Long) Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians of the Viejas Reservation, Dec 5, 2014

Karuk Tribe, Nov 19, 2014

Yerington Paiute Tribe of the Yerington Colony & Campbell Ranch, Oct 17, 2014

Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, Oct 17, 2014

Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Oct 3, 2014

Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, Sept 10, 2014

Pueblo of Jemez, August 27, 2014

Cowlitz Indian Tribe- July 31, 2014

Swinomish Indian Community- July 23, 2014

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation- June 11, 2014

Sokaogon Chippewa Community- June 9, 2014

Ione Band of Miwok Indians and Record of Decision - May 24, 2012 - pdf 17,188 kb

Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians - May 25, 2012 - pdf 5,127 kb 

Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico - September 1, 2011 - pdf 7.8 mb

Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians of California - Septembe 1, 2011 - pdf 5.94 mb

Decision on Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Mohican Indians, WI 

Letter to Governor Cuomo, State of New York- February 18, 2011 - pdf
Letter to President Vele, Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Mohican Indians - February 18, 2011 - pdf



Review of the "Current Guidelines and Regulatory Standards" for Taking Land into Trust for Gaming Purposes

On July 18, 2010, secretary Salazar isssued a directive recommending a thorough review of the "current guidance and regulatory standards" used to make decisions for two-part determination under Section 20(b)(1)(A) of IGRA, 25 U.S.C. 2719(b)(1)(A). In accordance with the Secretary's directive, and in keeping with Interior's commitment to government-to-government consultation, we are engaging tribal governments on (1) the January 3, 2008 Memorandum regarding Guidance on Taking Off-Reservation Land-into-Trust for Gaming Purposes; (2) the need to revise any of the provisions of 25 C.F.R. 292, Subpart A and Subpart C, and (3) whether the Department's process of requiring compliance with 25 C.F.R. Part 151 comes before or after the two-part determination.  Click here for entire Tribal Leader Letter & Schedule.

Memorandum from Office of the Solicitor in regard to The Meaning of "Under Federal Jurisdiction" for Purposes of the Indian Reorganization Act- March 12, 2014.  To download the memorandum click here.

Memorandum from Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, in regard to Guidance for Processing Applications to Acquire Land in Trust for Gaming Purposes- June 13, 2011.  To download the memorandum click here.

Memorandum from Secretary Ken Salazar in regard to Decisions on Indian Gaming Applications submitted by tribes for the taking of land-into-trust for the purpose of gaming. - June 18, 2010.  To download the memorandum click here.


Letter to tribal leaders regarding submission of class III tribal-state gaming compacts and compact amendments to DOI:
Download the letter informing them of the AS-IA’s intent to formalize the submission process through rulemaking, dated January 18, 2008. (.pdf)- 53 KB

G2G Consultation on Indian Gaming:
Information on government-to-government consultation meetings on proposed regulations amending existing regulations in 25 CFR Part 290, which establish criteria for implementing Section 11(b)(3)(B) of IGRA, and other gaming-related subjects:

Land-into-Trust for Purpose of Gaming Applications