LUFKIN, Texas (AP) - A Native American tribe in East Texas says it plans to offer electronic bingo on its tribal land after receiving clarification on the issue from a federal agency.

The Lufkin Daily News reports the U.S. Department of Interior and the National Indian Gaming Commission on Tuesday affirmed the right of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas to operate gaming activities on its 10,200-acre reservation east of Livingston.

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe has sought approval of gaming activities at the state and federal level since the closure of the tribe's casino in 2002.

The National Indian Gaming Commission will provide regulatory oversight to the tribe's gaming facility.

Nita Battise, tribal chairperson, says in a statement that offering bingo will benefit the tribe as well as Southeast Texas through new jobs and tourism.



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