[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 197 (Wednesday, October 12, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 63236-63237]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-25930]



National Indian Gaming Commission

25 CFR Part 523

RIN 3141-AA45

Review and Approval of Existing Ordinances or Resolutions

AGENCY: National Indian Gaming Commission, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.


SUMMARY: On November 18, 2010, the National Indian Gaming Commission 
(NIGC) issued a Notice of Inquiry and Notice of Consultation advising 
the public that the NIGC was conducting a comprehensive review of its 
regulations and requesting public comment on the process for conducting 
the regulatory review. On April 4, 2011, after holding eight 
consultations and reviewing all comments, NIGC published a Notice of 
Regulatory Review Schedule setting out a consultation schedule and 
process for review.
    Based on the above review, the Commission proposes to rescind our 
regulations pertaining to the approval of existing ordinances and 
resolutions that were enacted by a Tribe prior to February 22, 1993 and 
that have not been submitted to the NIGC Chair, and to notify the 
public that it does not intend to take action at this time on certain 
other regulations identified in the Notice of Regulatory Review 

DATES: The agency must receive comments on or before December 12, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any one of the following methods, 
however, please note that comments sent by electronic mail are strongly 
     E-mail comments to: reg.review@nigc.gov.
     Mail comments to: National Indian Gaming Commission, 1441 
L Street, NW., Suite 9100, Washington, DC 20005.
     Hand deliver comments to: 1441 L Street, NW., Suite 9100, 
Washington, DC 20005.
     Fax comments to: National Indian Gaming Commission at 202-

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lael Echo-Hawk, Counselor to the 
Chairwoman, National Indian Gaming Commission, 1441 L Street, NW., 
Suite 9100 Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: 202-632-7009; e-mail: 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA or 
Act), Public Law 100-497, 25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq., authorizes the NIGC 
to promulgate such regulations and guidelines as it deems appropriate 
to implement certain provisions of the Act. 25 U.S.C. 2706(b)(10). On 
November 12, 2010, the Commission issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) 
requesting comment on which of its regulations were most in need of 
revision, in what order the Commission should review its regulations, 
and the process NIGC should utilize to make revisions. The NOI was 
published in the Federal Register on November 18, 2010. 75 FR 70680. 
The Commission's regulatory

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review process established a Tribal consultation schedule of 33 
meetings over 11 months with a description of the regulation groups to 
be covered at each consultation.

Removal of Part 523--Review and Approval of Existing Ordinances or 

    Part 523 applies only to gaming ordinances or resolutions enacted 
by Tribes prior to January 22, 1993, and not yet submitted to the 
Chairwoman. Comments received in response to the NOI and during Tribal 
consultation meetings indicated any ordinances or resolutions enacted 
prior to January 22, 1993 have already been submitted to the 
Chairwoman. Accordingly, comments support the repeal of this Part. A 
review of the Commission documents also did not find any ordinances or 
resolutions meeting the criteria of this Part. Because this regulation 
appears to be no longer necessary, the Commission proposes to remove 
this Part.

List of Subjects in 25 CFR Part 523

    Gambling, Indian--lands, Indian--Tribal government, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements.

    Accordingly, under the authority 25 U.S.C. 2701, the National 
Indian Gaming Commission proposes to amend 25 CFR chapter III by 
removing and reserving part 523.


    Dated: October 3, 2011, in Washington, DC.
Tracie L. Stevens,
Steffani A. Cochran,
Daniel J. Little,
Associate Commissioner.
[FR Doc. 2011-25930 Filed 10-11-11; 8:45 am]