The Kahnawake Gaming Commission was established on June 10, 1996, and has been licensing and regulating online gaming since July 8, 1999. The Commission is comprised of three members appointed for two-year terms by the the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake. Its current members are Dean Montour (Chairperson), Melanie Mayo, and Lori Jacobs.
The Commission licenses and regulates interactive gaming, land-based poker rooms, and raffles conducted within the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake.
The Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake sits on 20 square miles near Montreal. But it is its own sovereign nation.
The Kahnawake regulate all forms of online gaming, including casinos, poker, sports betting, and bingo.
Like most jurisdictions, the Kahnawake must deem applicants and key personnel suitable for operating an online gaming business. In addition to findings of suitability, software needs to be tested by either Technical Systems Testing, iTech Labs, or Gaming Associates. And it needs to be audited annually by either eCOGRA, Technical Systems Testing, iTech Labs, or Gaming Associates.
The Kahnawake also work with other jurisdictions in terms of sharing information on licensees and trying to streamline the regulatory process. They have signed Memoranda of Understanding with Malta (2006) and Gibraltar (2010). And their MOU with Antigua and Barbuda allows for interjurisdiction licensing.
The jurisdiction in which the operator holds its primary license is responsible for overseeing the operator’s activities in both jurisdictions.
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