The Conroe Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Nov. 1. (Eva Vigh, Community Impact Newspaper) The newest member of the Conroe Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce is fighting with the state of Texas to remain open—and turning to cities such as Conroe for support.
On Nov. 1, the chamber held a ribbon-cutting for Naskila Gaming, an electronic bingo facility in Polk County that is a popular destination for Conroe and Montgomery County residents, gaming officials said. The facility sits on tribal land of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas.
Naskila Gaming has been under fire from the state since it opened in 2016, gaming officials said. But until there is a federal Supreme Court ruling affirming the state can shut the facility down, Naskila Gaming will remain in operation, according to the facility.
“We abide by the rules and regulations,” said Nita Battise, the secretary for the tribal council. “Yet we still have to fight in the courts … [and] the attorney general feels what we are doing is against Texas law.”
Tribes retain their authority to conduct, license and regulate Class II gaming—or bingo—as long as the state in which the tribe is located permits such gaming and the tribal government adopts a gaming ordinance approved by the National Indian Gaming Commission, according to Naskila Gaming. Some officials, including Sen. John Cornyn, have publicly condemned the facility, saying it goes against Texas law.
Naskila Gaming is pushing the U.S. Senate to pass House Resolution 759, a federal bill that would allow […]