Mohawk’s Displeased by Exclusion from UK’s “White List”

by Lou on January 16, 2008

Mohawk Council of Kahnawake Grand Chief Michael Ahríhrhon Delisle, Jr. announced his disappointment with a decision made by the United Kingdom’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport that failed to include Kahnawake on it’s so called white list of jurisdictions whose Internet gaming permit holders are allowed to advertise in the UK.

“Despite having been the first jurisdiction to accept and implement the world-recognized eCOGRA standard, the implementation of a mandatory continuous compliance policy, and our consistent enforcement of what may very well be the world’s most stringent due diligence program, our name has not been added to the U.K.’s exclusive white list,” Delisle said.

He added, “We are keenly disappointed in the UK’s decision, which ignores the long-standing alliance between our Nations. We also find it deeply troubling that the actions of our old friends directly conflict with the commitments they made in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which the UK was a signatory in September, 2007 … Despite this setback, the Mohawks of Kahnawake will remain committed to our established leadership role on the front lines of regulatory enforcement of the Internet gaming industry. We will continue to ensure an environment where fairness, integrity and player protection are paramount.”

This can’t be good news for those among the hundreds of online sites, which run the gamut from ABC Bingo to Zodiac Casino, that are licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission and were hoping to be able to advertise in the UK.

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