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Yavapai-Prescott Tribe Sues State Over Gambling Compact

An Arizona tribe that didn’t sign a revised gambling compact with the state earlier this year has filed a lawsuit alleging that a new state law is unconstitutional and excluded some rural tribes from negotiations related to the legislation. The suit filed by the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe late last week asks the court to prevent the Department of Gaming from issuing sportsbook licenses and allowing sports betting. The lawsuit said the state presented the tribe with an amended compact “as a non-negotiable, ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ proposition.” The lawmaker who sponsored the gambling legislation defended it as fair and equitable.