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Maine's Native American tribes are pursuing a legislative order in the Maine House of Representatives that would ask the Maine Supreme Judicial Court whether the tribes can operate casinos here without state approval. The Bangor Daily News reported that Rep. Henry John Bear, who represents the Houlton Band of Maliseets, proposed the legislative order, which would only need House approval under a provision of the Maine constitution allowing the governor, House or Senate to request the state's highest court to "give their opinion upon important questions of law." Bear cited as justification a 1987 U.S. Supreme Court decision about a case in California that lifted gaming restrictions on U.S. tribal reservations as a precedent followed in numerous other states — arguing that once a state establishes casinos, tribes should be allowed to start their own.
Do you support giving Maine tribes the right to start their own casinos without state approval?