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Associated Press Extension contains no changes from existing agreement

HELENA (AP) - The Flathead Reservation tribes and the state have agreed to extend a gaming compact that otherwise would have expired in early May.

Attorney Gen. Joe Mazurek said the interim compact governs how gaming is conducted by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Mazurek said he signed the compact, along with Tribal Council Chairman D. Fred Matt and Gov. Marc Racicot.

The extension contains no changes from the existing agreement but extends it to November to allow negotiations of additional issues raised by the tribes, Mazurek said.

Jamie Hamel, the tribes' vice chairman, said there is concern that state-regulated and privately owned gaming machines on the reservation may be producing more revenue for the state and their owners than are machines owned by the tribes.

Hamel said negotiations should address the imbalance.

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