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Lawsuits pose greatest threat to tribes in decades

Betting, adoption cases take aim at tribal sovereignty, experts say

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A lawsuit in Washington state and another case before the U.S. Supreme Court are part of a coordinated campaign that experts say is pushing once-fringe legal theories to the nation’s highest court and represents the most serious challenge to tribal sovereignty in over 50 years.

Maverick Gaming, which operates 19 card rooms in Washington and casinos in Nevada and Colorado, is challenging a 2020 law that allows sports betting only on tribal lands.

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