Tribes Want Exclusivity In Online, Mobile North Dakota Sports Betting

Written By Giovanni Shorter on October 13, 2022
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The five Native American tribes in the state wish to be the exclusive distributors of online North Dakota sports betting and online gambling.

With the current gaming compact set to expire at the end of this year, tribes are aiming to add this to the new compact. ND attempted to pass HCR 3032 in 2021 which would have seen North Dakota online sportsbooks launch. This bill was passed in the House but failed in the Senate.

The Future Of Online North Dakota Sports Betting

The Flickertail State has retail locations that accept wagers, but there are currently no options for mobile and online betting. The five tribes are pleading to Gov. Doug Burgum to add exclusivity to the new compact. The tribes will hold the monopoly on online sports betting and online gambling for the next decade if approved.

The appetite for online sports betting is there in North Dakota. During the 2021 legislative session, the House voted 70 yeas to 24 nays in favor of HCR 3032. The Senate initially voted 22 yeas to 24 nays and then voted 23 yeas to 24 nays during the reconsideration vote.

Many are in favor of bringing online sports betting to North Dakota. DraftKings was a major supporter of the legislation, arguing that locals are wagering more than $355 million illegally. This tribal proposal, however, is likely not what companies like DraftKings were hoping for.

Will The Proposal Pass?

According to Cynthia Monteau of the United Tribes Gaming Association, Gov. Burgum’s approval of this proposal is important to fix tribal and state relations. During Burgum’s time in office, there have been protests against his administration from local tribes. This is due to the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy.

Allowing tribes to gain the exclusive right to online gambling and sports betting could help improve the disconnect between the two parties.

“I think it’s time to start looking at ways on how we can work together and help each other and mend relationships and move forward in a positive way,” said Cynthia Monteau, a lawyer and executive director of the United Tribes Gaming Association.

The tribes’ exclusivity proposal mirrors that of the Florida and Seminole Tribe compact. This compact gave the Seminoles exclusive rights to retail and online sports betting briefly but was thrown out by the DC Circuit Court. This case is currently being appealed in court.

This situation in North Dakota should be determined soon, as the clock is ticking on the current gaming compact.

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Giovanni Shorter is a sports enthusiast and writer with a passion for the legal and industry side of the sports betting market. Giovanni got his education from Florida State University where he honed his writing style writing narratives and short stories. He has spent his professional career covering sports and entertainment through articles and blogs and continues to look at the industry from multiple angles.

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