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(Washington, D.C.) -- Following is the statement of Senator John McCain following meetings today with members of the NationalGovernors Association (NGA), members of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), and tribal government members of the joint National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Gaming Task Force on possible changes in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act:

"We have made significant progress -- with an impressive atmosphere of cooperation, but it is clear that we have a great deal of serious work to do in negotiating a compromise. It remains my hope that the results of our effort will be legislation that the Senate will be able to approve before the August recess.

It is clear that there is a better understanding, by all parties, of the issues related to Indian gaming, and there is also a better understanding of the problems with this complex matter. In our meeting today, I observed a greater sense of optimism among all participants about the likelihood of an agreement that everyone can live with."