• Supreme Court ruling clears way for sports betting in Minnesota, but opposition mobilizing

    May 14, 2018

    “Any legislation to allow sports gambling in Minnesota will face tough resistance from a broad coalition of opponents including Christian conservatives, but also liberals concerned about consumers being exploited by gambling companies.”

  • MIGA Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Sports Betting

    May 14, 2018

    The Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA) has issued a statement in response to today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court declaring unconstitutional the federal ban on sports betting as established by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA). The statement reads in full as follows:

    “This Supreme Court ruling, which effectively makes sports betting policy a matter for states to decide, was not unexpected.

    “The current Minnesota legislative session will adjourn on May 21, so we expect that serious consideration of the sports betting issue will be deferred until the 2019 session. Until then, MIGA tribes will take advantage of the interim to study the matter, conduct internal discussions, and work constructively with key legislative leadership to ensure that the tribal perspective is fully considered in the development of Minnesota’s sports gambling policy.

    “The Minnesota Indian Gaming Association has long opposed the expansion of gambling. Whenever new forms of gambling are proposed, Indian tribes must carefully consider how these changes could affect the enterprises that serve as our tax base to support our sovereign government operations, the tribal communities where we provide services and the broader communities that are impacted by the jobs that have been created to support our enterprises.”



  • Fantasy sports bill meets ugly reality of defeat

    April 24, 2018

    “The reality is this is full of swamp water…We have moneyed interests bringing this forward to support their future and they’re going to fence out everyone else.”

  • Minnesota Dips Toe Into the Sports Betting Legislation Pool

    April 10, 2018

    “Tribal representatives have been lukewarm toward sports betting. As indicated by Garofolo’s terms, a law authorizing sports wagering in Minnesota won’t advance without their assent.”

  • Rep. Garofalo on MN sports betting

    April 10, 2018

    “Garnering tribal support is far from a sure thing, however. Leaders have stood opposed to gambling expansion in the past, concerned that a renegotiated compact would include payments to the state. Garofalo also indicated that he’s been in touch with two professional sports leagues — likely the NBA and MLB, which have been lobbying for adoption of their model legislation. ‘They’re obviously very engaged in the process and want to partake in it,’ he said.”

  • Proposed bill would legalize, regulate daily sports fantasy games in Minnesota

    April 9, 2018

    “‘For an industry that has been operating for many, many years in the state of Minnesota, all we’re doing is asking for regulations to make sure everyone’s accountable for people that use the games.'”

  • Why tribes will carry so much clout in U.S. sports betting

    April 8, 2018

    “Minnesota’s tribes literally and figuratively hold all the cards…The combination of their intense lobbying and lucrative campaign contributions has reportedly played a pivotal role in derailing efforts to bring ventures such as racinos and riverboat gambling into the state.”

  • Move to legalize sports betting afoot at Minnesota Legislature

    April 4, 2018

    “‘I won’t submit a sports gambling bill the tribal casinos are opposed to…nonnegotiable.'”

  • Could sports gambling become legal in Minnesota?

    March 24, 2018

    “If the Supreme Court rules in New Jersey’s favor, Rep. Garofalo predicts that “we’ll see action on this during the 2018 legislative session here in Minnesota…A local conservative advocacy group, the Minnesota Family Council, is opposed to the legalization and regulation of sports gambling.”

  • Senate has chance to right a wrong by the NLRB on tribal sovereignty

    March 15, 2018

    “…all we are asking is that the Senate follow the Constitution and federal law, respecting and honoring our status as sovereign governments.”

Media contact

John McCarthy, MIGA Executive Director