Indian Gaming Compacts
The Director of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals is authorized to enter into and implement agreements or compacts between the State of Iowa and Native American tribes located in the state. Gaming compacts are entered into under the authority of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (25 U.S.C section 2701 et seq.). The agreements or compacts shall contain provisions intended to implement the policies and objectives of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
Three tribal gaming compacts were first negotiated in 1992, authorizing casino-type gaming in the State of Iowa. Information about the Tribal Gaming Commissions may be obtained here.
- The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska began operation of WinnaVegas Casino near Sloan on April 30, 1992.
- The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska began operation of CasinOmaha near Onawa on June 22, 1992. The casino was renamed Blackbird Bend in April 2013.
- The Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa began operation of Meskwaki Bingo and Casino near Tama on December 31, 1992.
A copy of the gaming compact between the State of Iowa and the respective Native American tribe may be downloaded or viewed by clicking on the tribe below.