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Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Judicial Codes

Approved: 1998; Last amended: 2004

RESOLUTION NO. 2003 - 54


Re: RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE REVISED AND RESTATED COUSHATTA TRIBE OF LOUISIANA GAMING ORDINANCE NO. 92-01

WHEREAS, the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana (the "Tribe") is a sovereign Indian Nation recognized as such by the United States of America; and,

WHEREAS, the Coushatta Tribal Council is the duly elected governing body of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana; and,

WHEREAS, the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana is a sovereign entity whose existence antedates that of the United States of America and the State of Louisiana, and

WHEREAS, an inherent attribute of sovereignty is the raising of revenue, and

WHEREAS, the Coushatta Tribal Government requires fluids for social welfare and betterment of its people, and

WHEREAS, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, pub. L 100-497, 25 U.S.C. §2701 et seq. authorizes the Tribe to enact an Ordinance to regulate certain types of Class II and Class III gaming activities as defined in that Act on land within the jurisdiction of the Tribe, and

WHEREAS, the terms of the Tribal-State compact governing Class III gaming activities on lands within the jurisdiction of the Tribe have been established in accordance with the provisions of the Indian Gaining Regulatory Act, and

WHEREAS, an inherent attribute of sovereignty is the enactment and maintenance of codes and ordinances for the regulation of Class III and Class II gaming activities within the tribe's jurisdictional territory; and,

WHEREAS, the Coushatta Tribal Council has determined that it is in the best interest of the Tribe to amend the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Gaining Ordinance No. 92-01;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Revised and Restated Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Gaming Ordinance No. 92-01 is hereby adopted, pursuant to the requirement of section 11 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and that any and all previous ordinances and resolutions relating to Gaming Codes be repealed, and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Revised and Restated Gaining Ordinance No. 92-01, includes all tribal gaming regulations pursuant to 25 C.F.R. §552.2(d), and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Revised and Restated Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Gaining Ordinance No. 92-01 shall become effective on the date of final approval by the highest authority required to approve amendments to the tribe's Gaming Ordinance;

THE ORIGINAL COPY OF the Revised and Restated Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Gaming Ordinance No. 92-01 shall be attached hereto and shall be kept on file at the Tribal Administrative Offices.


CERTIFICATION

This resolution # 2003-54 was duly acted upon by the following Council Members at a meeting held on December 4, 2003, with a quorum present.

                            /s/                            
LOVELIN PONCHO, Chairman

                            /s/                            
LEONARD BATTISE, Vice Chairman

                            /s/                            
HAROLD JOHN, Secretary - Treasurer
                            /s/                            
WILLIAM WORFEL
                                                           
DAVID SICKEY


REVISED AND RESTATED COUSHATTA TRIBE OF LOUISIANA GAMING ORDINANCE NO. 92-01 - AMENDED NOVEMBER 24, 2003


1. Title. This Ordinance shall be known as the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Gaming Ordinance. It is promulgated pursuant to governmental authority of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. This Ordinance includes Tribal Gaming Regulations pursuant to 25 C.F.R. § 522.2 (d)


2. Purpose. The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana (hereinafter "Tribe"), is a federally recognized Indian Tribe with sovereign authority to enact ordinances, and regulations and hereby amends this ordinance setting forth the terms for Class II and Class III gaming operations on tribal lands including lands acquired by the United States in trust for the benefit of the Tribe after October 17, 1988 (a) if the Secretary of the Interior ("Secretary") has determined such lands to be contiguous to the tribe's Reservation pursuant to the Indian Gaining Regulatory Public Law 100-447, §20 (a) (1), 25 U.S.C. § 2719 (a) (1) ("IGRA"), or (b) if the Secretary has made the determination required by §20 (b) (I) (A) of the IGRA, 25 U.S.C. § 2719 (b) (I) (A), and the Governor of Louisiana has concurred in such determination.


3. Gaming Authorized. Class II and Class III gaming defined in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, P. L. 100-477, 25 U.S.C. 52703 (7) (A) and 2703 (8) ("IGRA"), and by the regulations promulgated by the National Indian Gaming Commission at 25 C.F.R. Section 502.3 (as published in the Federal Register at 57 FR 12382-12393, April 9, 1992 is hereby authorized.


4. Ownership and Regulation of Gaming. The Tribe shall have the sole propriety interest in and responsibility for the conduct of gaming operations. The Tribal Gaming Commission shall have regulatory authority over gaming activities.


5. Use of Gaming Revenue.

(a) Net gaming revenues shall be used as defined in 25 C.F.R. Section 502.16.

(b) If the Tribe elects to make per capita payments to tribal members, it shall authorize such payments only upon approval of a plan submitted to the Secretary of the Interior under 25 U.S.C. Section 2710.


6. Audit.

(a) The Tribe shall cause to be conducted annually an independent audit of Gaming operations and shall submit the resulting audit reports to the National Indian Gaming Commission.

(b) All gaming related contracts that result in the purchase of supplies, services, or concessions in excess of $50,000 annually, except contracts for professional legal and accounting services, shall be specifically included within the scope of the audit that is described in subsection A. above.


7. Protection of the Environment, Public Health and Safety. The Tribe shall ensure that Class II and Class Ill gaming facilities shall be constructed, maintained and operated in a manner that adequately protects the environment, public health and safety.


8. Gaming Commission. There is hereby created the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Gaming Commission (hereinafter the "Commission".) The Commission shall consist of no more than three (3) citizens of Louisiana, excluding Tribal members who may or may not be, all of whom shall be appointed by the Tribal Chairman with the authorization of the Council of the Tribe. The Commission members may be members of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. The initial members to be appointed shall draw lots to see who holds the two four-year terms and the one two-year term. Thereafter, each member shall serve no more than two consecutive full terms. The Tribal Chairman shall select a Chairperson, who shall preside over the meeting of the Commission.

The Commission members may be removed, upon substantive proof of wrong doing by majority vote of the Council of the Tribe. Any member whose removal is sought shall be entitled to be notified in writing at least five (5) days before any vote shall be taken regarding that member's removal. Any person so notified may request an informal hearing before the Council prior to a vote on his or her removal from the Commission.

No monies may be expended by the commission until a budget has been submitted for review and approval by the Tribal Council. The Gaming Commission shall provide a monthly report to the Tribal Council to include the following:

(a) Actual to Budget financial report of the Gaming Commission operation representing the previous month and year to date financial performance.

(b) Prior month operational activities of the gaming commission

8.1 Financial Records and Audit. The Commission shall maintain accurate and complete records of the financial affairs of the commission, and the Chairman of the Commission shall cause an annual audit of the Commission's financial affairs to be conducted by a certified public accountant in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, consistently applied, and shall furnish an annual budget, an annual balance sheet, and complete financial report of the commission to the tribal council through the Tribal Chairman within three months of close of the tribe's fiscal year.


9. Gaming Commission Rule-Making Authority. The Commission may propose rules for the orderly transaction of its duties and substantive rules concerning the issuance, revocation, and suspension of gaming licenses, and the conduct and operation of gaming activities as necessary. The Commission may also propose rules necessary to conduct investigations and inspections into the conduct of the games, licenses, and the maintenance of gaming equipment. Proposed rules shall become enforceable upon approval by the Council.


10. Gaming Commission Meetings. The Commission may hold regular and special meetings at such times and places as it may deem convenient, but at least one regular meeting shall be held quarterly. A majority of the appointed members constitute a quorum of the Commission, and any two members may call a special meeting.

10.1 Purposes for Executive or Closed Meetings. The Commission may hold executive or closed meetings for any of the following purposes, after notifying the Tribal Council of the date, time, location and purpose of the Executive or Closed Meeting:

(a) Considering applications for licensing when discussing the background investigations or personal information,

(b) Meeting with gaming officials of other jurisdictions, the Attorney General and law enforcement officials relating to possible criminal violations,

(c) Consulting with the employees and agents of the Commission concerning possible criminal violations;

(d) Deliberations after hearing evidence on an informal consultation of a contested case necessary to reach a decision; and

(e) Discussing business or pricing strategies of a licensee or an applicant for a license for the purpose of overseeing and defining gaming contracts.


11. Commission Powers.

(a) Issue licenses, oversee and insure licensees contract compliance with the Tribal-State Gaming Compact;

(b) Inspect and examine all premises where gaming is conducted or gaming devises or equipment are sold or distributed to insure compliance with the Tribal-State Gaining Compact;

(c) Inspect, examine, and photocopy all papers, books, and records of applicants and licensees and require verification of income, and compliance with all provisions of this Ordinance;

(d) Contract for professional services or legal counsel to advise it; upon prior approval of the Tribal Council;

(e) Suspend or revoke any gaming license for violation of the Tribal-State Gaming Compact or this Ordinance; and

(f) Require all primary management personnel and key employees of all management personnel to undergo investigations when there are any reported violations of the Tribal-State Compact;

(g) Enforce preferential treatment to Native Americans, then persons domiciled in the State of Louisiana, as per the provisions of the Tribal-State Compact.


12. Appeal of Commission Actions. Written notice of commission action shall be mailed on the same day the decision is issued by the Commissioners. Any final decision of the Commission is subject to appeal to Coushatta Tribal Court. To appeal a final decision of the Commission a Notice of Appeal must be filed in writing, with the Commission and Clerk of Court, within ten (10) working days from the date on the written notice of final decision. Failure to timely file an appeal shall render the Commission's decision final for all purposes.


13. Disclosure Required. A disclosure of total ownership document(s) shall be required to accompany all applications for licenses.


14. Approval of Licenses. The Commission may approve or disapprove any application for license, depending upon whether it deems the applicant a suitable person to hold the license and whether it considers the proposed location suitable. Among other things, failure of the applicant to provide information necessary to allow consideration into his background is ground for denial of the license.


15. Conflict of Interest. No officer, agent, or employee of the Commission may hold a license under this Ordinance if the duties of such office, agency, or employment have to do with the enforcement of the gaming laws and rules. This prohibition applies to the Commission, all of its employees and all law enforcement officials and officers, except:

(a) Member of the Gaming Commission's Investigation Department and Commissioners may be commissioned by a law enforcement agency, to be determined by the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana.

(b) No licensee may employ any person in any capacity while that person is in the employment of the Commission or a law enforcement agency having authority to enforce the gaming laws and rules.


16. Application Fee. The Commission may establish an application fee which, shall include the cost of investigation. The fee may vary with the type of license for which application is made and is nonrefundable. The application form will be promulgated by the Commission and shall include a waiver of any right of confidentiality and shall allow access to law enforcement records of any state. The waiver of confidentiality shall extend to any financial or personnel record wherever maintained.


17. Reimbursement to Commission for Investigation. Any applicant for a license shall reimburse the Commission for any costs of investigation over and above the initial licensure fee charged at the time of application to determine if he/she is a suitable licensee. By signing and filing an application for a license, the applicant authorizes the Commission to obtain information from other states regarding prior license applications or conduct of the applicant of any of its shareholders, partners, agents, or employees in those states. The National Indian Gaming Commission shall be notified of the results of all such applicable investigations.


18. Licensee for Key Employees and Primary Management Officials. The Commission shall ensure that the policies and procedures set out in this section are implemented with respect to key employees and primary management officials employed at any Class II or Class III gaming enterprise operated on Indian Lands.

A. Definitions - for the purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:

1. Key employee means:

a. A person who performs one or more of the following functions:

(1) Bingo caller
(2) Counting room supervisor
(3) Chief of Security
(4) Custodian or gaming supplies or cash
(5) Floor manager
(6) Pit Boss
(7) Dealer
(8) Croupier
(9) Approver of credit
(10) Custodian of gambling devices including persons with access to cash and accounting records within such devices; or;

b. If not otherwise included, any other person whose total cash compensation is in excess of $50,000 per year; or

c. If not otherwise included, the four most highly compensated persons in the gaming operation.

2. Primary management official means:

a. The person having management responsibility for a management contract,

b. Any person who has authority:

(1) To hire and fire employee(s); or

(2) To set up working policy for the gaming operation; or

c. The Chief Financial Officer or other person who has financial management responsibility.

B. Application Forms

1. The following notice shall be placed on this application form for a key employee or a primary management official before that form is filled out by an applicant:

In compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974, the following information is provided: solicitation of the information on this form is authorized by 25 U.S.C. § 2701 et seq. The purpose of the requested information is to determine the eligibility of individuals to be employed in a gaining operation. National Indian Gaming Commission members and staff who have need for the information in the performance of their official duties will use the information. The information may be disclosed to appropriate Federal, Tribal, State, local or foreign law enforcement and regulatory agencies when relevant to civil criminal or regulatory investigations or prosecutions or when pursuant to a requirement by a tribe or the National Indian Gaming Commission in connection with the hiring or firing of an employee, the issuance or revocation of a gaming license, or gaining operation. Failure to consent to the disclosures indicated in this notice will result in a tribe's being unable to hire you in a primary management official or key employee position.

The disclosure of your social security number (SSN) is voluntary. However, failure to supply a SSN may result in errors in processing your application.

2. Existing key employees and primary management official shall be notified in writing that they shall either:

a. Complete a new application that contains a Privacy Act notice; or

b. Sign a statement that contains the Privacy Act notice and consent to the routine uses described in that notice.

3. The following notice shall be placed on the application form for a Key employee or a primary official before that form is filled out by an applicant:

A false statement on any part of your application may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work. Also, you may be punished by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 1001).

4. The commission shall notify in writing existing key employees and Primary management officials that they shall either:

a. Complete a new application form that contains a notice regarding false statements.

b. Sign a statement that contains the notice regarding false statements.

C. Background Investigations

1. The Commission shall request from each primary management official and from each key employee all of the following information:

a. Full name other names used (oral or written), social security number, birth date, place of birth, citizenship, all languages (spoken or written);

b. Currently and for the minimum of previous 10 years; business and employment positions held, ownership interests in those businesses, business and residence addresses and drivers license number,

c. The names and current addresses of at least three (3) personal references, including one personal reference who was acquainted with the applicant during each period of residence listed under paragraph (1) (b) of this section;

d. Current business and residence telephone numbers;

e. A description of any existing and previous business relationships with Indian Tribes, including ownership interests in those businesses;

f. A description of any existing or previous business relationships with the gaming industry generally, including ownership interests in those businesses;

g. The name and address of any licensing or regulatory agency with which the person has filed an application for a license or permit related to gaining, whether or not such license or permit was granted;

h. For each felony for which there is an ongoing prosecution or each conviction, the charge, the name and address of the court involved, and the date and disposition if any;

i. For each misdemeanor conviction or ongoing misdemeanor prosecution (excluding minor traffic violations) within 10 years of the date of the application, the name and address of the court(s) involved, the date of the court(s) and the disposition of the same;

j. For each criminal charge (excluding minor traffic charges), whether or not there is a conviction, if such criminal charge is within 10 years of the date of the application and is not otherwise listed pursuant to paragraph (1) (h) or (1) (j) of this section, the criminal charge(s), the name and address of the court(s) involved and the date and disposition of the same;

k. The name and address of any licensing or regulatory agency with which the person has filed an application for an occupational license or permit, whether or not such license or permit was granted;

l. A current photograph;

m. Any other information the State/Commission deems relevant; and

n. Fingerprints consistent with procedures adopted by the Tribe according to 25 C.F.R. Section 522 (2) (h), will be taken by the appropriate entity.

2. The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana through the Commission as set forth herein shall be solely responsible for the conduct of the background investigations and the determination of suitability. The Commission shall conduct a sufficient investigation to make a determination under subsection D below. In conducting a background investigation, the Commission shall promise to keep confidential the identity of each person interviewed in the course of the investigation.

D. Eligibility Determination The Commission shall review a person 5 credit history, and reputation, habits and associations to make a finding concerning the eligibility of a key employee or primary management official for employment in a gaming operation. If the Commission determines that employment of the person poses a threat tot the public interest or to the effective regulation or gaming, or creates or enhances dangers of unsuitable, unfair, or illegal practices and methods and activities in the conduct of gaming, a tribal gaming operation(s) shall not employ that person in a key employee or primary management official position.

E. Procedures for Forwarding Applications and Reports for Key Employees and Primary Management Officials to the National Indian Gaining Commission:

The Commission shall forward to the National Indian Gaming Commission a background investigation report for key employees and primary management officials working at a gaming operation.

F. Report to the National Indian Gaming Commission:

1. Pursuant to the procedures set out in subsection E of this section, the Commission shall prepare and forward to the National Gaining Commission an investigation report on each background investigation. An investigation report shall include all of the following:

a. Steps taken in conducting a background investigation;

b. Results obtained;

c. Conclusions reached; and

d. The basis for those conclusions.

2. The Commission shall submit, with the report, a copy of the eligibility determination made under subsection (D).

3. If a license is not issued to an applicant, the Commission:

a. Shall notify the National Indian Gaining Commission, and

b. May forward copies of its eligibility determination and investigation report (if any) to the National Indian Gaming Commission for inclusion in the National Gaming Individuals Record System.

4. With respect to key employees and primary management officials. The Commission shall retain applications for employment and reports (if any) of background investigations for inspection by the Chairman of the National Indian Gaining Commission or his or her designee for not less than five (5) years from the date of termination of employment.

G. Granting a Gaming License:

1. If within a thirty (30) day period after the National Indian Gaming Commission receives a report, the National Indian Gaming Commission notifies the Commission that it has no objection to the issuance of a license pursuant to a license application filed by a key employee or a primary management official for whom the Commission has provided an application and investigative report to the National Indian Gaming Commission, the Commission may issue a license to such applicant.

2. The Commission shall respond to a request for additional information from the Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission concerning a key employee or a primary management official who is the subject of a report. Such a request shall suspend the 30-day period under paragraph 6.1 of this section until the Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission receives the additional information.

3. If, within the thirty (30) day period described above, the National Indian Gaming Commission provides the Commission with a statement itemizing objections to the issuance of a license to a key employee or to a primary management official for whom the Commission has provided an application and investigative report to the National Indian Gaming Commission, the Commission shall reconsider the application, taking into account the objections itemized by the National Indian Gaming Commission. The Commission shall make the final decision whether to issue a license to such applicant.

H. License Suspension:

1. If, after the issuance of a gaming license, the National Indian Gaming Commission receives reliable information indicating that at key employee or a primary management official is not eligible for employment under Subsection D above, the Commission shall suspend such license and shall notify in writing the licensee of the suspension and the proposed revocation.

2. The Commission shall notify the licensee of a time and a place for a hearing on the proposed revocation of a license.

3. After a revocation hearing, the Commission shall make a determination to revoke or to reinstate a gaming license. The Commission shall notify the National Indian Gaming Commission of its decision.


19. License Locations. The Commission shall issue a separate license to each place, facility, or location on Indian lands where Class II and Class III gaming is conducted.


20. Age Limit for Players. Any participant in any Class III authorized games of chance shall be twenty-one (21) or older at the time of his/her participation. Age limit may be changed if the State of Louisiana reduces its age limit.


21. Exemption from 15 U.S.D. Section 1171. Pursuant to Section 2 of an Act of Congress of the United States entitled "An Act to prohibit transportation of Gambling devices in interstate and foreign commerce", approved January 2, 1951, designated 15 U.S.C. Sections 1171 to 1177, inclusive, and in effect January 1, 1989, the Tribe, acting by and through its elected members, does Hereby, and in accordance with an in compliance with the provisions of Section 2 of the Act of Congress, declare and proclaim that it is exempt from the provisions of Section 2 of that Act of Congress of the United States as above mentioned, as regards gaming devices operated and used within the Reservation. This exemption shall be effective upon the execution of a Tribal-State Compact for gaming pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.


22. Exemption from 15 U.S.C. Sections 1171 to 1177. All shipments of gaming devises, onto this reservation, the registering, recording and labeling of which has been duly made by the manufacturer or the dealer thereof in accordance with Sections 3 and 4 of an Act of Congress of the United States entitled, "An Act to prohibit transportation of gambling devices in interstate and foreign commerce, approved January 2, 1951, designated as 15 U.S.C. Sections 1171 to 1177, inclusive, and in effect on January 1, 1989, shall be deemed legal shipments thereof, for use only within the Reservation. (This section shall take effect upon the execution and approval of a Tribal-State Compact pursuant to 25 U.S.C. Section 1171 to 1177, et. seq.) This exemption shall be effective upon the execution of a Tribal-State Compact for gaming pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.


23. Illegal Games and Activities. It is unlawful for any person playing or conducting any authorized game of chance, conducted by a licensee to:

a. Use bogus or counterfeit chips, tokens, devices or coins;

b. Employ or have on one's person any cheating device to facilitate cheating in any game of chance

c. Use a fraudulent scheme or technique; or

d. Have located on the premises, equipment for gaming that is not licensed by the Commission under this Ordinance, except equipment exempted by the Commission, this Ordinance or other statutes.


24. Records of Commission. Information and records of the Commission are confidential and may not be disclosed except pursuant to a court order. No person may use a subpoena, discovery or other applicable statutes to obtain such information or records. Information and records considered confidential include but not limited to:

a. Tax returns of individual licensees;

b. Application, credit, medical and security reports of applicants for Licenses and other persons seeking or doing business with the Commission;

c. Marketing, financial or sale data, the disclosure of which may be Harmful to the competitive position of the Tribe, Tribal Gaming Commission, its licensees or persons seeking or doing business with the Commission; and

d. Audit work papers, worksheets and auditing procedures used by the Commission, its agents or employees.


25. Communications Between Commission and Council. Communications between the Commission and the Council relating to licensing, disciplining of licensees, or violations by licensees, are privileged and confidential if made lawfully and in the course of and in the furtherance of the business of the Commission on Gaming, except pursuant to court order and after in camera review. The Council, the Commission or any member of the Commission may claim this privilege.

25.1 Inspectors. The Coushatta Gaming Commission shall employ qualified inspectors or agents under the authority of the Coushatta Gaming Commission. Said inspectors shall be independent of the Tribal Gaming operation, and shall be supervised and accountable only to the Coushatta Gaming Commission and Tribal Council. Their primary mission is to observe and report while safeguarding the assets of the Coushatta Tribe.

25.2 Reporting Violations. A Gaining Commission inspector shall be present m the Casino during all hours of gaming operation, and shall have immediate access to any and all areas of the Class Ill gaming operation for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the provisions of the Gaming Compact and Tribal Gaming Ordinances. Any violation(s) of the provisions of the Gaming Compact or of Tribal Gaming Ordinances, by a management contractor, casino management, a gaming employee, or any person on the Casino premises whether or not associated with the Tribal Gaming operation shall be reported immediately to the Gaming Commission. All violations shall be reported to casino management within a reasonable time. Violations of a serious nature shall be reported immediately to casino management.


26. Exclusion or Election of Certain Persons from Gaming Establishment. The Tribe hereby declares that the exclusion or ejection of certain persons from licensed gaming establishment is necessary to carry out the policies of this Ordinance and to maintain effectively the strict regulation of licensed gaming.

The Commission may provide for the establishment of a list of persons who are to be excluded or ejected from any licensed gaming establishment, including any person whose presence in the establishment is determined to pose a threat to the interest of the Tribe, the State or to licensed gaming facility(s). In making the determination for exclusion, the Commission may consider, but is not limited to any of the following:

a. Prior conviction of a felony, a misdemeanor involving moral Turpitude or a violation of the gaming laws of any state, the United States, any of its possessions or territories including Indian Tribes;

b. A violation, attempt to violate or conspiracy to violate the provisions of this chapter relating to failure to disclose an interest in a gaming establishment for which the person must obtain a license or make disclosures to the Commission, or intentional evasion of fees or taxes; and

c. Notorious or unsavory reputation that would adversely affect public confidence and trust that the gaming industry is free from criminal or corruptive influences.


27. Revision. This ordinance may be revised by Tribal Council certification by quorum and subsequent approval by the National Indian Gaming Commission.


28. Compliance with Tribal-State Compact. The Tribe shall adopt regulations and take all actions necessary to ensure that the Class III gaming conducted on lands of the Tribe complies in all respects with the Tribal-State Compact for the Conduct of Class III gaming between the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana and the State of Louisiana. The Tribal Gaming Commission shall maintain reasonable procedures for the disposition of patron disputes arising from the refusal to award an alleged prize or pay an alleged winning to a patron.

The Tribal Gaming Commission shall maintain reasonable procedures for the Notification of shipment or receiving of gaming equipment.


29. Service of Process. The Coushatta Tribal Chairman shall be designated as agent for service of process, and as official recipient of a written communication reflecting the gaming activities of the Tribe. The Coushatta Tribal Chairman's address is: P.O. Box 818, 1940 CC Bel Road, Elton, Louisiana 70532-0818.


30. Repeal. To the extent that they are inconsistent with this ordinance, all prior gaining ordinances are hereby repealed.


CERTIFICATE

I HEREBY CERTIFY that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the Coushatta Gaming Ordinance as amended this 4th day of December, 2003.

                            /s/                            
LOVELIN PONCHO
TRIBAL CHAIRMAN
ATTEST:
                            /s/                            
LEONARD BATTISE
VICE-CHAIRMAN

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