Control of mobile sports betting given to Native American tribes in Maine while reducing the tribal tax burden and creating a framework for greater collaboration, but stops short of sovereignty for tribes
PORTLAND, Maine — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed a law Monday giving control of mobile sports betting to Native American tribes in Maine while reducing the tribal tax burden and creating a framework for greater collaboration.
The governor touted the new law as the most significant tribal bill in decades, even though it does not go as far as a separate proposal that would have provided far-reaching sovereignty for the state's tribes.
“This law provides meaningful economic opportunities for the Wabanaki Nations. It incentivizes investment in tribal communities, and it formalizes a collaboration process on policy that sets the foundation for a stronger relationship in the future,” the governor said in a statement.