The future of the Oregon tribal market is currently in the hands of the Federal Government and could be set for wholesale upheaval.
As it stands all nine of the state’s recognised sovereign nations operate a single gaming premises apiece as part of an informal policy that dictates one venue per tribal reservation.
However, the Coquille tribe have said they made no such pact with the state and submitted a plan to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the operation of a second casino on land newly brought into trust.
The federal body is expected to rule on this in the coming weeks and if it should approve the tribe’s application it would in theory open the door for all other nations to follow suit.
As it stands the nine casinos operated in Oregon is a paltry amount when viewed in context. Whilst Oregon can hardly expect to emulate the largest regional tribal markets of California and Oklahoma – 69 and 143 properties apiece – it still falls far behind similar jurisdictions, such as Washington with 35.