YES, COCKFIGHTING IN AMERICAN INDIAN RESERVATIONS IS LEGAL, IF, like in puerto rico, "cockfighting" is a "right" or a "cultural right" of the people of the indian nation or tribe in their tribal law, notwithstanding the federal law against cockfighting.
with respect to casino gambling:
"...there are 562 federally recognized Indian tribes in the United States. Of that number there are 297 Indian Reservations...Through various other court cases in the United States in the 1980’s it was eventually decided to permit Indian Reservations to host gambling centers on their territories so long as the state in which the reservation is located in has some sort of legalized gambling...Currently the money generated by Indian Reservation casinos brings in more money than Las Vegas and Atlantic City combined."
as in puerto rico, how much business, money, and jobs legal cockfighting in indian reservations could generate?
with respect to cockfighting:
as in puerto rico, an indian nation or tribe would first have to declare and write in their tribal law that "cockfighting" is a "right" or a "cultural right" of the people of such an indian nation or tribe.
in case of enforcement of a conflicting federal law, an indian nation or tribe could successfully claim that "a particular Indian right or policy is infringed by enforcement of the law [the animal fighting venture federal law]". United States v. Barquin, 799 F.2d 619, 621 (10th Cir. 1986), see page 5 of opinion.
or, they could successfully argue that, like puerto rico, or any territory or state in the union, an indian tribal nation could enjoy their own rights and their own laws in their own lands. had the Kiowa Indian tribe had such "cockfighting" is a "cultural right" of the Kiowa Indian people in their tribal law, the feds and the animal rights terrorists would not have bothered gatchot.
these are all my humble personal opinion, and if you agree, email or pass the word to our american indian friends.
what do you nice people think?