Federal Authorities Approve Spokane Tribe for Sports Betting; Kalispel Tribe Could Get Approval Any Day


WASHINGTON, DC – Nine tribes in Washington received federal approval on Wednesday to begin allowing sports betting on tribal grounds.

The Spokane tribe was one of the approved tribes; the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, which operates the Northern Quest Casino, could get that approval any day.

The Washington State Gambling Commission approved sports betting earlier this year, but the tribes had to pass federal hurdles first.

Tribes must have amendments to the sports betting contract approved by the United States Department of the Interior before the game can begin.

On Wednesday, approvals from nine tribes were entered in the federal registry.

A spokesperson for the gambling commission expects the other tribes to be able to receive approval shortly. The applications and terms were essentially the same for all the tribes.

Northern Quest is already revamping its Turf Club to accommodate sports players this fall.

PAST COVERAGE: Sports betting is coming soon to the Northern Quest Resort & Casino

Players can bet on professional sports, the Olympics and other international events. There will be bets on college games, but not on state teams. So they can bet on the Seahawks, but not the Apple Cup.

The tribes approved on Wednesday are Cowlitz, Lummi, Puyallup, Snoqualmie, Spokane, Squaxin Island, Stillaguamish, Suquamish and Tulalip.

We reached out to the Spokane Tribe regarding their plans to start sports betting on tribal properties, but Wednesday afternoon we had no response.