US Appeals Court May Involve Wyoming Supreme Court in Gambling Case

Denver, CO – Tuesday in Denver, the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals looked at a case over whether gambling should be allowed on the Wind River Indian Reservation. And judges on the court said that Wyoming's gambling laws are so vague and confusing they might have to ask the Wyoming Supreme Court for clarification. A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit ordered the state to negotiate with the Northern Arapaho tribe on rules to operate a casino. The state was granted a rehearing before the full court after arguing that the three-judge panel misinterpreted state law. Attorney General Pat Crank told the court that if the decision stands, the state will be forced to accept forms of gambling on the reservation that are illegal everywhere else in Wyoming.