Monday June 8,2015 : KAHNAWAKE TO ENTER ONLINE GAMBLING OPERATIONAL SECTOR
Canadian First Nation licensing jurisdiction partners up with Sports International.
In a press release dated June 2 the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake has announced that it has agreed in principle to enter into the business of e-gaming as an operator, expanding its influence beyond the hosting and regulatory boundaries it has so far maintained.
The tribe's licensing and hosting activities are conveniently located on sovereign territory close to Montreal in the Quebec province of Canada, where services to international operators have been offered since 1996.
Following the announcement last week, the tribe will now enter the e-gaming sector as an operator in partnership with Sports Interaction, and the press statement reveals that licensing, outsourcing and related agreements are expected be signed shortly for the purpose of operating the online gaming site with Sports Interaction branding.
The statement notes that the agreements come after many months of negotiations and were formalised at a June 1 council meeting. A Mohawk Council Executive Directive was passed with nine chiefs supporting and three chiefs (Lloyd Phillips, Carl Horn and Clinton Phillips) objecting.
“Chief and Council deliberated long and hard on this matter,” said Grand Chief Michael Ahríhron Delisle, Jr. “At the end of the day, this agreement gives us the unprecedented opportunity to partner with a successful company that has been a good corporate citizen in Kahnawà:ke.
"Sports Interaction has been a Kahnawake Gaming Commission licensee since 1999 and continues to operate on the Territory.
“The agreements that were approved today will further strengthen Kahnawà:ke’s jurisdiction over gaming and contain provisions that will create employment and substantial revenues for the community,” he added. “We’ve conducted lengthy and comprehensive research that gives the clear majority of Council the confidence to move forward in this major project. As the agreements are signed we will continue to update the community directly and on a timely basis.”