A. The introduction, possession, and sale of liquor on Indian reservations has historically been recognized as a matter of special concern to Indian tribes and to the United States. The control of liquor on the Umatilla Indian Reservation remains exclusively subject to the legislative enactments of the Confederated Tribes in its exercise of its governmental powers over the Reservation, and the United States.

B. Federal law prohibits the introduction of liquor into Indian Country (18 U.S.C. §1154), and authorized tribes to decide when and to what extent liquor transactions, sales, possession and service shall be permitted on their reservation (18 U.S.C. §1161).

C. The Board of Trustees, as the governing body of the Confederated Tribes pursuant to Article VI, §1 of the Constitution and Bylaws of the Confederated Tribes, have adopted Resolutions to permit the sale and service of liquor at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino and at Coyote Business Park as provided in this Code, but at no other locations.

D. Pursuant to the authority in Article VI, §1(a) of the Confederated Tribes’ Constitution, the Board of Trustees has the authority "to represent the [Confederated] Tribes and to negotiate with the Federal, State and local governments...on...projects and legislation that affect the [Confederated] Tribes".

E. Pursuant to the authority in Article VI, §1(d) of the Confederated Tribes’ Constitution, the Board of Trustees has the authority "to promulgate and enforce ordinances governing the conduct of all persons and activities within the boundaries of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, providing for the procedure of the Board of Trustees, and carrying out any powers herein conferred upon the Board of Trustees".

F. The enactment of this Liquor Code to govern liquor sales and service on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and the limitation of such liquor sales and service at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino and Coyote Business Park, will increase the ability of the Confederated Tribes to control Reservation liquor distribution and possession, and at the same time will provide an important source of revenue for the continued operation of Tribal government and the delivery of governmental services, as well as provide an amenity to customers at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino.

G. The Confederated Tribes have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to deal with governmental issues associated with the licensing and regulation of liquor sales on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

 

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