Gambling threat dooms Native American legislation in Arkansas

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Fear of opening the door to expanded gambling has doomed a proposed legislative study of granting state recognition to native American tribes in Arakansas. At a meeting yesterday, members of the House and Senate committees on state agencies and governmental affairs decided not to take up the matter.

A state Department of Finance and Administration official pricked the interest of lawmakers yesterday. He cautioned that state recognition of Indian tribes and groups could hasten federal recognition, which could open the door to Indian casinos and smoke shops on tribal land without the state's consent.

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