Indian Affairs | Gaming

Office of Indian Gaming (OIG)

The Office of Indian Gaming, under the supervision of the Deputy Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Economic Development and Policy, is responsible for implementing those gaming-related activities assigned to the Bureau of Indian Affairs by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and other Federal laws. The office develops policies and procedures for review and approval of: tribal/state compacts; per capita distributions of gaming revenues; and requests to take land into trust for purpose of conducting gaming. Work is coordinated with the National Indian Gaming Commission and with state, local, and tribal governments that may be impacted by gaming proposals.

   Northfork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California-Publically Released Mediator's Selection 


      The latest decisions on Indian Gaming at Indian Affairs

Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians

Letter to Tribe- April 29, 2016

Record of Decision

 Federal Register Notice- May 19, 2016


 Letter to Senator Feinstein, December 30,2015, Tribal Gaming Land-into-Trust


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts Fee-to-Trust Application - September 18, 2015

Letter to Tribe - September 18, 2015

Record of Decision - pdf 16 mb

Federal Register Notice- September 25, 2015

Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation-Two Part Application- June 15, 2015

Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians- Approved Trust Acquisition- May 19, 2015 Letter


Wyandotte Nation, July 3, 2014 Decision Letter

Tohono O'odham Nation, July 3, 2014 Decision Letter

Tohono O'odham Nation, July 23, 2010 Decision Letter

 Kickapoo Tribe of Indians of the Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas, July 3, 2014 Decision Letter


 Kaw Nation, Oklahoma, Approved Trust Acquisition for Gaming- March 10, 2014

Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California Approved Trust Acquisition of Restored Land for Restored Tribe - January 24, 2014

NEPA Documents

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

 Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California

Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians


 Land and Two Part Decisions

Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation-Two Part Application- June 15, 2015

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin  -Two Part Application- August 23, 2013


Kaw Nation- Trust Acquisition for Gaming- May 17, 2013


Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California

Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California - September 1, 2011 - pdf 8.45 mb

Northfork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California

North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California - September 1, 2011 - pdf  13.6 mb

Compact Decisions

Oglala Sioux Tribe-April 22, 2016 Tribal State Gaming Compact

State of New Mexico- June 9, 2015 Decision Letter

State of Washington-May 29, 2015 Decision Letter

Ione Band of Miwok Indians and Record of Decision - May 24, 2012 - pdf 17,188 kb

Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians - May 25, 2012 - pdf 5,127 kb 

Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico - September 1, 2011 - pdf 7.8 mb

Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians of California - September 1, 2011 - pdf 5.94 mb

Decision on Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Mohican Indians, WI 

Letter to Governor Cuomo, State of New York- February 18, 2011 - pdf
Letter to President Vele, Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Mohican Indians - February 18, 2011 - pdf



Review of the "Current Guidelines and Regulatory Standards" for Taking Land into Trust for Gaming Purposes

On July 18, 2010, secretary Salazar issued a directive recommending a thorough review of the "current guidance and regulatory standards" used to make decisions for two-part determination under Section 20(b)(1)(A) of IGRA, 25 U.S.C. 2719(b)(1)(A). In accordance with the Secretary's directive, and in keeping with Interior's commitment to government-to-government consultation, we are engaging tribal governments on (1) the January 3, 2008 Memorandum regarding Guidance on Taking Off-Reservation Land-into-Trust for Gaming Purposes; (2) the need to revise any of the provisions of 25 C.F.R. 292, Subpart A and Subpart C, and (3) whether the Department's process of requiring compliance with 25 C.F.R. Part 151 comes before or after the two-part determination.  Click here for entire Tribal Leader Letter & Schedule.

Memorandum from Office of the Solicitor in regard to The Meaning of "Under Federal Jurisdiction" for Purposes of the Indian Reorganization Act- March 12, 2014.  To download the memorandum click here.

Memorandum from Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, in regard to Guidance for Processing Applications to Acquire Land in Trust for Gaming Purposes- June 13, 2011.  To download the memorandum click here.

Memorandum from Secretary Ken Salazar in regard to Decisions on Indian Gaming Applications submitted by tribes for the taking of land-into-trust for the purpose of gaming. - June 18, 2010.  To download the memorandum click here.


Letter to tribal leaders regarding submission of class III tribal-state gaming compacts and compact amendments to DOI:
Download the letter informing them of the AS-IA’s intent to formalize the submission process through rulemaking, dated January 18, 2008. (.pdf)- 53 KB

G2G Consultation on Indian Gaming:
Information on government-to-government consultation meetings on proposed regulations amending existing regulations in 25 CFR Part 290, which establish criteria for implementing Section 11(b)(3)(B) of IGRA, and other gaming-related subjects:

Land-into-Trust for Purpose of Gaming Applications