ITG FAQ #19 Answer-How is Indian gaming regulated?
Indian land is not under State law unless a Federal law places it under State law. The Supreme Court held that even if a tribe is under State law, the State gaming regulations do not apply on Indian trust land. In 1988, Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. This law allows traditional Indian gaming as well as bingo, pull tabs, lotto, punchboards, tip jars, and certain card games on tribal land. However, it requires a Tribal/State compact for other forms of gaming such as cards or slot machines.