US Supreme Court to hear Ysleta del Sur Pueblo gambling case in fight against Texas

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday granted the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo a petition that offers the tribe hope in its decades-old fight against the state of Texas to allow forms of gambling on their land.

The petition is the latest development for two federally recognized Texas tribes that are excluded from coverage under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

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Brant Martin, the lead counsel for the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, said pueblo officials and community members are grateful to present the issue to the Supreme Court.

“This is an important case involving the sovereignty and self-determination of Native American tribes, and the interpretation of federal statutes protecting those rights,” Martin said in a emailed statement. “We look forward to vindicating our clients’ position In the Supreme Court, and will have no further comment at this time.”

In 1987, one year before the U.S. Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was approved by Congress, the Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas and the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, also known as the Tiguas, were federally recognized through the Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act and agreed to a prohibition on gambling.

Despite being federally recognized tribes, their 1987 agreement still is being upheld, even as the state legalized dog- and horse-track betting, as well as the creation of a state lottery. More: Tiguas to file appeal after judge issues a permanent injunction on gaming operations The tribes attempted to get a petition granted from […]

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