The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) announced today that it has agreed in principle to enter into the business of e-gaming. While the MCK codified Kahnawà:ke’s jurisdiction over gaming and gaming-related activities with the 1996 Kahnawà:ke Gaming Law it has not, until today’s announcement, engaged in the actual operation of an e-gaming site. Over the past 19 years Kahnawà:ke has earned a stellar reputation worldwide for its expertise in the hosting and regulation aspects of egaming.
Licensing, outsourcing and related agreements are expected be signed shortly for the purpose of operating the online gaming site known as Sports Interaction.
The agreements come after many months of negotiations and were formalized at yesterday’s duly-convened Council meeting. A Mohawk Council Executive Directive was passed with nine chiefs supporting and three chiefs (Lloyd Phillips, Carl Horn and Clinton Phillips) objecting.
“Chief & Council deliberated long and hard on this matter,” said Grand Chief Michael Ahríhron Delisle, Jr. “At the end of the day, this agreement gives us the unprecedented opportunity to partner with a successful company that has been a good corporate citizen in Kahnawà:ke. Sports Interaction has been a Kahnawake Gaming Commission licensee since 1999 and continues to operate on the Territory.”
“The agreements that were approved today will further strengthen Kahnawà:ke’s jurisdiction over gaming and contains provisions that will create employment and substantial revenues for the community,” he added. “We’ve conducted lengthy and comprehensive research that gives the clear majority of Council the confidence to move forward in this major project. As the agreements are signed we will continue to update the community directly and on a timely basis.”