There are eight federally recognized tribes in the State of Virginia, however, there are currently no Indian casinos, bingo halls or Indian gaming of any kind in the state.
In early 2018 the Pamunkey Indian Tribe announced a $700 million plan to build the first casino in Virginia. The announcement begins a long legal road through federal and state regulations and civil lawsuits to determine if their casino can be built.
A politician from Virginia is pushing for a casino proposal.
August 26, 2012
A bill has been submitted by Sen. Louise Lucas. It will be available for the next session of the General Assembly. The decision behind the new gaming bill was related to a visit to Maryland. The senator was impressed by the success of their two month old casino. Maryland earns 67 percent of the gaming revenue.
Portsmouth is the proposed area for the new casino. She believes that area would help retain casino goers from going to another state to gamble.
Currently the state is having a difficult time finding ways to raise funds for the various programs. Residents of the state are against highway tolls and raising taxes. Lucas believes that casino gaming may be a solution to help pay for education and infrastructure.
Pamunkey Indian Tribe
The Pamunkey Indian Tribe was recognized by the federal government in 2016. Federal recognition qualifies the tribe to engage in Indian Gaming under the jurisdiction of the National Indian Gaming Commission and the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA).
The Indian Gaming Regulation (IGRA) defines three classes of gambling with conditions that determine which tribal gaming will be approved for the Pamunkey Indian Tribe or any other tribal applicant wanting a gambling facility.
The Pamunkey Tribe casino proposal will take years to reach a final decision on approval and agreement on the type of allowed gaming. The process will include the U.S. Interior Department, the State of Virginia and the court system before a final outcome could result in either a Class II or Class III casino.
If approved the Pamunkey Indian Tribe will be build a casino and hotel in the eastern part of Virginia. It will not be located on the tribe's King William County reservation.
For an update, see our page the Pamunkey Casino and Hotel. The lastest information will be posted as it becomes available.
Virginia is currently one of seven states that outlaws casino gambling. However, several business and community leaders are hoping this will change soon. One group in Bristol, Virginia has proposed a $150 casino and hotel to be built at the site of a closed shoopping mall. For information, visit Bristol Resort and Casino.
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