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Minimum Internal Control Standards for Class II Gaming
Document Number: E7-20778
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
In response to the inherent risks and the need for effective controls in tribal gaming, the Commission, in January 1999, developed minimum internal control standards (MICS). Since their original implementation, it has become obvious that the MICS require technical adjustments and revisions so that they continue to be effective in protecting tribal assets, while still allowing tribes to utilize technological advances in the gaming industry. The current MICS are specific to the conduct of a wagering game without regards to whether the game is classified as a Class II or Class III game. This proposed rule is intended to supersede certain specified sections of the current MICS and replace them with a new part titled Minimum Internal Control Standards for Class II Gaming.
Classification Standards for Bingo, Lotto, Other Games Similar to Bingo, Pull Tabs and Instant Bingo as Class II Gaming When Played Through an Electronic Medium Using “Electronic, Computer, or Other Technologic Aids”
Document Number: E7-20776
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
The proposed rule clarifies the terms Congress used to define Class II gaming. First, the proposed rule further revises the definitions for ``electronic or electromechanical facsimile'' and ``other games similar to bingo.'' The Commission defined these terms in 1992, revised the definitions in 2002, and proposed further revisions to the term ``electronic or electromechanical facsimile'' separate from this proposed revision. The Commission adds a new Part to its regulations that explains the basis for determining whether a game of bingo or lotto, ``other game similar to bingo,'' or a game of pull-tabs or ``instant bingo,'' meets the IGRA statutory requirements for Class II gaming, when such games are played electronically, primarily through an ``electronic, computer or other technologic aid,'' while distinguishing them from Class III ``electronic or electromechanical facsimiles.'' This new part also establishes a process for assuring that such games are Class II before placement of the games in a Class II tribal gaming operation. This process contains information collection requirements. The Commission has submitted the information collection request to OMB for approval.
Facility License Standards
Document Number: E7-20541
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
The proposed rules add new sections and a new part to the Commission's regulations in order to ensure that each place, facility or location where class II or class III gaming will occur is located on Indian lands eligible for gaming as required by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The rules are also intended to ensure that gaming facilities are constructed, maintained and operated in a manner that adequately protects the environment and the public health and safety.
Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Conformity Determination for the Proposed Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria Casino and Hotel Project, Sonoma, CA
Document Number: 07-2399
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
This notice extends the comment period for the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a proposed casino and hotel project/action to be located in Sonoma, California. Notice of the availability of the DEIS and Draft Conformity Determination were published in the Federal Register on March 9, 2007 (72 FR 10790).
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and a Draft Conformity Determination for the proposed Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria Casino and Hotel Project, Sonoma, CA
Document Number: E7-4087
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-09
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
In accordance with Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., the NIGC, in cooperation with the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria (the ``Graton Rancheria''), has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a proposed casino and hotel project/action to be located in Sonoma, California. The purpose of the proposed project/action is to help address the socio-economic needs of the Graton Rancheria. The DEIS documents the existing condition of environmental resources in and around the areas considered for development and the potential impacts on those resources as a result of implementing each of the alternatives. The alternatives considered in detail are: a casino/hotel project on the ``Wilfred Site'' (the proposed project/action), a casino/hotel project on the ``Stony Point Site,'' a casino/hotel project on the ``Lakeville Site,'' a reduced intensity casino/hotel project on the ``Stony Point'' site, an alternate use project on the ``Stony Point'' site, and a no proposed project/action alternative. In accordance with Section 176 of the Clean Air Act 42 U.S.C. 7506, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) general conformity regulations 40 CFR Part 93, Subpart B, a Draft Conformity Determination (DCD) has been prepared for the proposed project. The DCD is contained within Appendix W of the DEIS.
Fee Rate
Document Number: 07-942
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-02
Agency: National Indian Gaming Commission, Department of the Interior
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to 25 CFR 514.1(a)(3), that the National Indian Gaming Commission has adopted preliminary annual fee rates of 0.00% for tier 1 and 0.059% (.00059) for tier 2 for calendar year 2007. These rates shall apply to all assessable gross revenues from each gaming operation under the jurisdiction of the Commission. If a tribe has a certificate of self-regulation under 25 CFR part 518, the preliminary fee rate on class II revenues for calendar year 2007 shall be one-half of the annual fee rate, which is 0.0295% (.000295).
Technical Standards for Electronic, Computer, or Other Technologic Aids Used in the Play of Class II Games; Withdrawal
Document Number: E7-2623
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-02-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
This is to notify the public that the National Indian Gaming Commission is withdrawing the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2006. (71 FR 46335.)
Class II Definitions and Game Classification Standards; Withdrawal
Document Number: E7-2621
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-02-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
The purpose of this document is to notify the public that the National Indian Gaming Commission is withdrawing the proposed regulations published in the Federal Register on May 25, 2006 (71 FR 30232, 71 FR 30238).
Technical Standards for “Electronic, Computer, or Other Technologic Aids” Used in the Play of Class II Games
Document Number: E6-21784
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
This notice extends the period for comments on proposed Class II technical standards published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2006 (71 FR 46336).
Class II Definitions and Gaming Standards and Technical Standards
Document Number: E6-20843
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
This notice reopens the period for comments on proposed Class II definitions and game classification standards published in the Federal Register on May 25, 2006 (71 FR 30232, 71 FR 30238). This notice also reopens the period for comments on proposed Class II technical standards published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2006 (71 FR 46336).
Class II Definitions and Game Classification
Document Number: E6-19065
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-11-13
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
This notice announces the availability of two analytical reports commissioned by the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) to analyze the economic impact of proposed class II game classification regulations as well as sets a deadline for comments on these reports. These two reports may be viewed and downloaded by visiting the NIGC Web site http://www.nigc.gov. Those individuals who are unable to view or download this Web site may contact Shawn Pensoneau at (202) 632-7003 to obtain a copy of the reports.
Class II Definitions and Gaming Standards and Technical Standards
Document Number: E6-15992
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
This notice extends the period for comments on proposed Class II definitions and game classification standards published in the Federal Register on May 25, 2006 (71 FR 30232, 71 FR 30238). Additionally, this notice extends the period for comments on proposed Class II technical standards published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2006 (71 FR 46336).
Technical Standards for “Electronic, Computer, or Other Technologic Aids” Used in the Play of Class II Games
Document Number: 06-6787
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-11
Agency: National Indian Gaming Commission, Department of the Interior
The proposed rule would add a new part to the Commission's regulations establishing technical standards for Class II gamesbingo, lotto, other games similar to bingo, pull tabs, or ``instant bingo'' that are played primarily through ``electronic, computer, or other technologic aids.'' The proposed rule would also establish a process for assuring the integrity of such games and aids before their placement in a Class II tribal gaming operation. No such standards currently exist. The Commission proposes this action in order to assist tribal gaming regulatory authorities and operators in ensuring the integrity and security of Class II games and gaming revenue.
Class II Definitions and Game Classification Standards
Document Number: E6-12580
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-04
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
This document sets a date, time, place, and procedures for a public hearing in connection with the proposed Class II definitions and game classification standards published in the Federal Register on May 25, 2006 (71 FR 30232, 71 FR 30238). Additionally, this document extends the period for comments on the proposed regulations. Finally, this document provides an errata for the preamble to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published in the Federal Register on May 25, 2006 (71 FR 30238).
Consultation on Classification on Standards and Definitions
Document Number: E6-9044
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-06-12
Agency: National Indian Gaming Commission, Department of the Interior
The purpose of this document is to publish the schedule for government-to-government consultation on proposed revisions to 25 CFR part 502 and new part 546.
Definition for Electronic or Electromechanical Facsimile
Document Number: E6-7873
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-05-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
The proposed rule revises the definition of a term Congress used to define Class II gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 25 U.S.C. 2701, et seq. (``IGRA'' or ``Act''). Specifically, the proposed rule revises the definition for ``electronic or electromechanical facsimile'' that appears in part 502 of the Commission's regulations (25 CFR part 501 et seq.). The Commission defined these terms in 1992 and revised the definitions in 2002. The proposed rule offers further revision.
Classification Standards for Bingo, Lotto, Other Games Similar to Bingo, Pull Tabs and Instant Bingo as Class II Gaming When Played Through an Electronic Medium Using “Electronic, Computer, or Other Technologic Aids”
Document Number: 06-4798
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-05-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
The proposed rule clarifies the terms Congress used to define Class II gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 25 U.S.C. 2701, et seq. (``IGRA'' or ``Act''). First, the proposed rule further revises the definitions for ``electronic or electromechanical facsimile'' and ``other games similar to bingo'' that appear in part 502 of Commission regulations (25 CFR part 501 et seq.). The Commission defined these terms in 1992, revised the definitions in 2002, and proposed further revisions to the term ``electronic or electromechanical facsimile'' separate from this proposed revision. The proposed rule offers further revision that would incorporate the new part 546 into the definitions. The Commission adds a new Part to its regulations (part 546) that explains the basis for determining whether a game of bingo or lotto, ``other game similar to bingo,'' or a game of pull-tabs or ``instant bingo,'' meets the IGRA statutory requirements for Class II gaming, when such games are played electronically, primarily through an ``electronic, computer or other technologic aid,'' while distinguishing them from Class III ``electronic or electromechanical facsimiles.'' This new part also establishes a process for assuring that such games are Class II before placement of the games in a Class II tribal gaming operation. This process contains information collection requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The Commission has submitted the information collection request to OMB for approval.
Minimum Internal Control Standards
Document Number: 06-4276
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-05-11
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
In response to the inherent risks of gaming enterprises and the resulting need for effective internal controls in Tribal gaming operations, the National Indian Gaming Commission (Commission or NIGC) first developed Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS) for Indian gaming in 1999, which have subsequently been revised several times. The Commission recognized from the outset that periodic technical adjustments and revisions would be necessary in order to keep the MICS effective in protecting Tribal gaming assets, the interests of Tribal stakeholders and the gaming public. To that end, the following final rule revisions contain certain corrections and revisions, which are necessary to clarify, improve, and update the Commission's existing MICS. The purpose of these final MICS revisions is to address apparent shortcomings in the MICS and various changes in Tribal gaming technology and methods. Public comments on these final MICS revisions were received by the Commission for a period of 45 days after their publication in the Federal Register as a proposed rule on November 15, 2005. After consideration of all received comments, the Commission has made whatever changes to the proposed revisions that it deemed appropriate, and is now promulgating and publishing the final revisions to the Commission's MICS Rule, 25 CFR part 542.
Freedom of Information Act Procedures
Document Number: 06-3712
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
The purpose of this document is to amend the procedures followed by the National Indian Gaming Commission (Commission) when processing a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), as amended so that the Commission will be in compliance with the provisions of the amendment to FOIA.
Fee Rates
Document Number: 06-1403
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to 25 CFR 514.1(a)(3), that the National Indian Gaming Commission has adopted preliminary annual fee rates of 0.00% for tier 1 and 0.053% (.00053) for tier 2 for calendar year 2006. These rates shall apply to all assessable gross revenues from each gaming operation under the jurisdiction of the Commission. If a tribe has a certificate of self-regulation under 25 CFR part 518, the preliminary fee rate on class II revenues for calendar year 2006 shall be one-half of the annual fee rate, which is 0.0265% (.000265).
Minimum Internal Control Standards
Document Number: 05-22506
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-11-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
In response to the inherent risks of gaming enterprises and the resulting need for effective internal controls in Tribal gaming operations, the National Indian Gaming Commission (Commission or NIGC) first developed Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS) for Indian gaming in 1999, which have subsequently been revised. The Commission recognized from the outset that periodic technical adjustments and revisions would be necessary in order to keep the MICS effective in protecting Tribal gaming assets and the interests of Tribal stakeholders and the gaming public. To that end, the following proposed rule revisions contain certain proposed corrections and revisions to the Commission's existing MICS, which are necessary to clarify, improve, and update other existing MICS provisions. The purpose of these proposed MICS revisions is to address apparent shortcomings in the MICS and various changes in Tribal gaming technology and methods.
Fee Rates
Document Number: 05-22063
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-04
Agency: National Indian Gaming Commission, Department of the Interior
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to 25 CFR 514.1(a)(3), that the National Indian Gaming Commission has adopted final annual fee rates of 0.00% for tier 1 and 0.053% (.00053) for tier 2 for calendar year 2005. These rates shall apply to all assessable gross revenues from each gaming operation under the jurisdiction of the Commission. If a tribe has a certificate of self-regulation under 25 CFR part 518, the final fee rate on class II revenues for calendar year 2005 shall be one-half of the annual fee rate, which is 0.0265% (.000265)
Freedom of Information Act Procedures
Document Number: 05-20624
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission
The purpose of this document is to propose to amend the procedures followed by the National Indian Gaming Commission (Commission) when processing a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), as amended so that the Commission will be in compliance with the provisions of the amendment.
Supplemental Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria Casino and Hotel Project, Sonoma, CA
Document Number: 05-19429
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-29
Agency: National Indian Gaming Commission, Department of the Interior
In accordance with Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., the NIGC, in cooperation with the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria (the ``Graton Rancheria''), intends to gather information necessary for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed casino and hotel project to be located in Sonoma, California. This notice supplements the Notice of Intent (NOI) which appeared in the Federal Register on February 12, 2004 (69 FR 7022 (Feb. 12, 2004)) and advises the public that the NIGC and BIA intends to gather further information necessary to prepare an EIS for a proposed casino and hotel project to be located in Sonoma County, California. The purpose of the proposed action is to help address the socio-economic needs of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. The proposed action is very similar to that proposed in the February 12, 2004, NOI, with the exception that the casino and hotel would be constructed adjacent to and on the east side of the previously proposed site. The shift of the proposed construction site is being considered to avoid environmental constraints discovered on the original site, particularly, to avoid wetlands identified on the original site. Additional details of the new proposed action and location are provided below in the Supplemental Information section. The supplemental scoping process will include notification of and opportunity for the general public and Federal, state, local, and tribal agencies to comment on the new proposed action. The purpose of scoping is to identify public and agency concerns on environmental issues, and alternatives to be considered in the EIS. All the information and comments gathered in response to the earlier NOI remain in the record, and there is no need to repeat information submitted at that time.
Minimum Internal Control Standards
Document Number: 05-16056
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-12
Agency: National Indian Gaming Commission, Department of the Interior
In response to the inherent risks of gaming enterprises and the resulting need for effective internal controls in Tribal gaming operations, the National Indian Gaming Commission (Commission or NIGC) first developed Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS) for Indian gaming in 1999, and then later revised them in 2002. The Commission recognized from the outset that periodic technical adjustments and revisions would be necessary in order to keep the MICS effective in protecting Tribal gaming assets and the interests of Tribal stakeholders and the gaming public. To that end, the following final rule revisions contain certain corrections and revisions to the Commission's existing MICS, which are necessary to clarify, improve, and update other existing MICS provisions. The purpose of these MICS revisions is to address apparent shortcomings in the MICS and various changes in Tribal gaming technology and methods. Public comment on these final MICS revisions was received by the Commission for a period of 48 days after the date of their publication in the Federal Register as a proposed rule on March 10, 2005. After consideration of all received comments, the Commission has made whatever changes to the proposed revisions that it deemed appropriate and is now promulgating and publishing the final revisions to the Commission's MICS Rule, 25 CFR part 542.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Big Sandy Casino and Resort Project, Fresno County, CA
Document Number: 05-16055
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-12
Agency: National Indian Gaming Commission, Department of the Interior
In accordance with Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), in cooperation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono Indians of California (the ``Big Sandy Rancheria''), intends to gather information necessary for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed casino project to be located in Fresno County, California. The purpose of the proposed action is to help address the socio-economic needs of the Big Sandy Rancheria. Details of the proposed action and location are provided below in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. Notice is hereby given that the public scoping process has been initiated to prepare an EIS that will address the impacts of and alternatives to the proposal. The purpose of the scoping process is to solicit public comment regarding the full spectrum of issues and concerns, including a suitable range of alternatives, and the nature and extent of potential environmental impacts and appropriate mitigation measures that should be addressed in the EIS process. This notice also announces that separate scoping meetings for the public and government agencies will be held for the proposed action.
Minimum Internal Control Standards
Document Number: 05-8424
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-04
Agency: National Indian Gaming Commission, Department of the Interior
In response to the inherent risks of gaming enterprises and the resulting need for effective internal controls in Tribal gaming operations, the National Indian Gaming Commission (Commission or NIGC) first developed Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS) for Indian gaming in 1999, and then later revised them in 2002. The Commission recognized from the outset that periodic technical adjustments and revisions would be necessary in order to keep the MICS effective in protecting Tribal gaming assets and the interests of Tribal stakeholders and the gaming public. To that end, the following final rule revisions contain certain corrections and revisions to the Commission's existing MICS, which are necessary to correct erroneous citations or references in the MICS and to clarify, improve, and update other existing MICS provisions. The purpose of these final MICS revisions is to address apparent shortcomings in the MICS and various changes in Tribal gaming technology and methods. Public comment to these final MICS revisions was received by the Commission for a period of 48 days after the date of their publication in the Federal Register as a proposed rule on December 1, 2004. Thereafter, the comment period was extended for an additional 31 days until February 18, 2005. After consideration of all received comments, the Commission has made whatever changes to the proposed revisions that it deemed appropriate and is now promulgating and publishing the final revisions to the Commission's MICS Rule, 25 CFR part 542.
Minimum Internal Control Standards
Document Number: 05-4665
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-10
Agency: National Indian Gaming Commission, Department of the Interior
In response to the inherent risks of gaming enterprises and the resulting need for effective internal controls in Tribal gaming operations, the National Indian Gaming Commission (Commission or NIGC) first developed Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS) for Indian gaming in 1999, and then later revised them in 2002. The Commission recognized from the outset that periodic technical adjustments and revisions would be necessary in order to keep the MICS effective in protecting Tribal gaming assets and the interests of Tribal stakeholders and the gaming public. To that end, the following proposed rule revisions contain certain proposed corrections and revisions to the Commission's existing MICS, which are necessary to clarify, improve, and update other existing MICS provisions. The purpose of these proposed MICS revisions is to address apparent shortcomings in the MICS and various changes in Tribal gaming technology and methods.
Fee Rates
Document Number: 05-2431
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-02-08
Agency: National Indian Gaming Commission, Department of the Interior
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to 25 CFR 514.1(a)(3), that the National Indian Gaming Commission has adopted preliminary annual fee rates of 0.00% for tier 1 and 0.059% (.00059) for tier 2 for calendar year 2005. These rates shall apply to all assessable gross revenues from each gaming operation under the jurisdiction of the Commission. If a tribe has a certificate of self-regulation under 25 CFR part 518, the preliminary fee rate on class II revenues for calendar year 2005 shall be one-half of the annual fee rate, which is 0.0295% (.000295).
Minimum Internal Control Standards
Document Number: 05-448
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-01-11
Agency: National Indian Gaming Commission, Department of the Interior
On December 1, 2004, the National Indian Gaming Commission (Commission) issued Proposed rule revisions (69 FR 69847, December 1, 2004) (November 27, 2000) containing corrections and revisions to the Commission's existing regulations establishing minimum internal control standards (MICS) for gaming operations on Indian land and requesting comments prior to publication of a final rule. The date for filing comments is being extended.