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AGENCY:

Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of Tribal-State Gaming Compact Amendments taking effect between the State of Wisconsin and the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin and the Red Cliff Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin.

SUMMARY:

Pursuant to Section 11 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 (IGRA), Public Law 100-497, 25 U.S.C 2710, the Secretary of the Interior shall publish, in the Federal Register, notice of approved Tribal-State Compacts for the purpose of engaging in Class III gaming activities on Indian lands. The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, through her delegated authority, is publishing notice that the Amendment to the Tribal-State Compacts for Class III gaming between the State of Wisconsin and the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin and the Red Cliff Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin is deemed approved. By the terms of IGRA, the Amendments to the Compacts are considered approved, but only to the extent that the Amendments are consistent with the provisions of IGRA.

The Amendments expand the scope of gaming activities authorized under the Compact, remove limitations on wager limits, remove limitations on the number of permitted gaming devices, extend the term of the compact to an indefinite term, subject to re-opener clauses, institute an entirely new dispute resolution provision, replace the sovereign immunity provision, and modify the revenue-sharing provision of the Compact.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

September 16, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

George T. Skibine, Director, Office of Indian Gaming Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington, DC 20240, (202) 219-4066.

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Dated: September 9, 2003.

Woodrow W. Hopper, Jr.,

Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs.

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[FR Doc. 03-23578 Filed 9-15-03; 8:45 am]

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