Southern Ute Tribe to take Colorado to court over sports betting

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Southern Ute Tribe to take Colorado to court over sports betting

Article brief provided by Colorado Public Radio
  • Tom Hesse, Colorado Public Radio
July 9, 2024 8:01 PM

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is suing Gov. Jared Polis and state gaming officials for their handling of online sports betting, saying “Governor Polis is seriously and clearly wrong” in his analysis of state and federal law.

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Southern Ute Tribal Chairman Melvin J. Baker discussed the lawsuit Monday in a meeting of the American Indian Affairs Interim Study Committee, which includes state lawmakers focused on issues “significant to American Indian communities.”

“Today, for the first time in decades, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe has been forced to file a lawsuit in federal court against the state of Colorado because the administration refuses to honor express commitments the state made to the Tribe,” Baker said.