E-tabs spark ‘dire concern’ for North Dakota tribes relying on casino revenue, jobs

BISMARCK — Tribal casinos in North Dakota are taking a hit.

Since the 2017 state Legislature legalized electronic pull tabs — a casino-esque game where players touch a screen to reveal winnings — tribal nations have been losing money as charities are seeing the benefits.

“It’s no small thing for us,” said Mark Fox, Chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. “It’s of dire concern, at a minimum.”

Each of the five tribal nations in North Dakota has a casino, which must comply with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act established by the federal government in 1988.