Tribal Gaming Agency
The authority and purpose of the Quapaw Nation Gaming Agency is set out in the Nation’s gaming ordinance pursuant to Resolution Number 021405-A of February 14, 2005, which superseded the Nation’s 1994 gaming ordinance and adopted the current Gaming Ordinance, approved by the Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission on April 19, 2005, then later amended in 2009 and 2012 with NIGC approval. The ordinance, codified as Title 17 of the Quapaw Nation Tribal Code, governs both the operation and the regulation of Quapaw Nation’s gaming facilities and activities on its Tribal lands. It establishes the Nation’s gaming regulatory structure and its fundamental gaming law.
The purpose of the ordinance is to establish the legal and regulatory framework for the regulation, control, and licensing for the operation of all gaming activities within the jurisdiction of the Nation. To ensure the operation of Tribally regulated gaming will continue as a means of generating Tribal revenue. Also, to ensure that tribally regulated gaming is conducted fairly and honestly by both gaming operators and players, and that it remains free from corrupt, incompetent, unconscionable and dishonest persons, and practices, and to ensure Tribal gaming laws are fairly enforced against all persons involved in gaming activities within the jurisdiction of the Tribe.
Classes I, II, and III gaming, as authorized by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, are hereby authorized by the Quapaw Nation, provided that Class III gaming is authorized only to the extent authorized by the Tribal-State gaming compact between the Tribe and the State of Oklahoma, approved by the Secretary of Interior. The Nation has sole propriety interest in and responsibility for the conduct of any gaming operation authorized.
Net revenues from Class II and III gaming shall be used only for the following purposes:
- to fund tribal government operations and programs;
- to provide for the general welfare of the Tribe and its members;
- to promote Tribal economic development;
- to donate to charitable organizations; or
- to help fund the operations of local government agencies.
The Quapaw Nation Gaming Agency staff is in place to secure, monitor, and safeguard the integrity and security of the Tribal gaming operation. To develop licensing and background procedures applicable to the complete gaming operation. To classify and license Class II and Class III games, and to maintain vendor licensing and registration systems. To review employee and management activities within the gaming operation. To ensure the Tribal gaming facilities are constructed, maintained, and operated in a manner that adequately protects the environment, public health and safety. To monitor gaming activities to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations of the Tribe, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the National Indian Gaming Commission, and the State of Oklahoma Gaming Compact. To work with law enforcement and regulatory agencies as needed to carry out the Agency’s duties and responsibilities. To investigate possible violations and ensure compliance with the Tribe’s internal control standards through oversight and enforcement. Also, to establish standards and procedures for the licensing of gaming related vendors and to develop registration processes and procedures for all non-gaming related vendors.
The Quapaw Nation gaming regulatory structure features a Gaming Commission together with a regulatory agency referred to as the Quapaw Nation Gaming Agency or QNGA. The QNGA is headed by a director who oversees