U.S Code last checked for updates: Nov 19, 2019
§ 2719.
Gaming on lands acquired after October 17, 1988
(a)
Prohibition on lands acquired in trust by Secretary
Except as provided in subsection (b), gaming regulated by this chapter shall not be conducted on lands acquired by the Secretary in trust for the benefit of an Indian tribe after October 17, 1988, unless—
(1)
such lands are located within or contiguous to the boundaries of the reservation of the Indian tribe on October 17, 1988; or
(2)
the Indian tribe has no reservation on October 17, 1988, and—
(A)
such lands are located in Oklahoma and—
(i)
are within the boundaries of the Indian tribe’s former reservation, as defined by the Secretary, or
(ii)
are contiguous to other land held in trust or restricted status by the United States for the Indian tribe in Oklahoma; or
(B)
such lands are located in a State other than Oklahoma and are within the Indian tribe’s last recognized reservation within the State or States within which such Indian tribe is presently located.
(b)
Exceptions
(1)
Subsection (a) will not apply when—
(A)
the Secretary, after consultation with the Indian tribe and appropriate State and local officials, including officials of other nearby Indian tribes, determines that a gaming establishment on newly acquired lands would be in the best interest of the Indian tribe and its members, and would not be detrimental to the surrounding community, but only if the Governor of the State in which the gaming activity is to be conducted concurs in the Secretary’s determination; or
(B)
lands are taken into trust as part of—
(i)
a settlement of a land claim,
(ii)
the initial reservation of an Indian tribe acknowledged by the Secretary under the Federal acknowledgment process, or
(iii)
the restoration of lands for an Indian tribe that is restored to Federal recognition.
(2)
Subsection (a) shall not apply to—
(A)
any lands involved in the trust petition of the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin that is the subject of the action filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia entitled St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin v. United States, Civ. No. 86–2278, or
(B)
(3)
Upon request of the governing body of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, the Secretary shall, notwithstanding any other provision of law, accept the transfer by such Tribe to the Secretary of the interests of such Tribe in the lands described in paragraph (2)(B) and the Secretary shall declare that such interests are held in trust by the Secretary for the benefit of such Tribe and that such interests are part of the reservation of such Tribe under sections 5108 and 5110 of this title, subject to any encumbrances and rights that are held at the time of such transfer by any person or entity other than such Tribe. The Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register the legal description of any lands that are declared held in trust by the Secretary under this paragraph.
(c)
Authority of Secretary not affected

Nothing in this section shall affect or diminish the authority and responsibility of the Secretary to take land into trust.

(d)
Application of title 26
(1)
The provisions of title 26 (including sections 1441, 3402(q), 6041, and 6050I, and chapter 35 of such title) concerning the reporting and withholding of taxes with respect to the winnings from gaming or wagering operations shall apply to Indian gaming operations conducted pursuant to this chapter, or under a Tribal-State compact entered into under section 2710(d)(3) of this title that is in effect, in the same manner as such provisions apply to State gaming and wagering operations.
(2)
The provisions of this subsection shall apply notwithstanding any other provision of law enacted before, on, or after October 17, 1988, unless such other provision of law specifically cites this subsection.
(Pub. L. 100–497, § 20, Oct. 17, 1988, 102 Stat. 2485.)
cite as: 25 USC 2719