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CHIEF'S LETTER REGARDING CASINO BOAT IN SOUTH CAROLINA

From: Gary Ridge
Date: Fri Jul 7, 2000 7:13pm
Subject: Fw: [ndn-aim] Appeals court returns tribal slots case

In Regards to the Casino Boat in South Carolina......It was my decision to send it back to Sea due to the Case cited below.....

The Casino Boat had Slot Machines on board, and it is questionable as to whether or not Indians can have Slot Machines.....

I did not want to fight a battle over Slot Machines in South Carolina.....

I talked at length with the Assistant Attorney General of South Carolina on Sunday......
believe me if we did not have the right, they would have seized the casino boat......

South Carolina did not know which way to turn, did they have jurisdiction???,
could they board a Sovereign Tribal Nations watercraft...???
Could they even stop us if they wanted to or not???

But....since the boat was equiped with questionable "Slot Machines" I did not pursue it any further.....

Rest assured they know we were there and that we intend to return and conduct business in the Navigable streams......

In my opinion we won a Victory in South Carolina, as we intended to show that Indians have the right to conduct business in Federal Navigable Streams........"Article 3, 1794 Jay Treaty"

This is not only a victory for the Southern Cherokee, but a victory for "Any and Every Tribal Nation" that borders a Navigable waterway in the United States.....where the State they are located in refuses to allow them to conduct gaming or refuses to Compact with them....

Perhaps they will follow our lead......

Congress controls Navigational Servitude.....Not States......it comes under commerce listed in Title 15 US Code.....the same title and code that Indiana, Illinois, and Mississippi uses to run Riverboat gaming up and down the Mississippi River, "A Federal Navigable Stream".
To refuse a Tribal government the same right violates the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution.....

 

 


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