Some North Dakota lawmakers say a proposal by the state's top House Republican to allow state-owned casinos is 'retaliatory.'State Rep. Al Carlson recently proposed the measure to authorize up to six state-sponsored casinos to be built across the state.

As the Bismarck Tribune reports, some of Carlson's colleagues say the move risks angering the Native American community "at a time relations have already been rubbed raw by the dispute over the Dakota Access oil pipeline."

Rep. Pam Anderson, a Democrat from Fargo, says the measure is "another direct consequence of the pipeline protests..."

Carlson danies that the move is "anti-American Indian." he says he proposed the casinos as a way of promoting tourism and enhancing state revenue.