Medford, OR -

A proposal by an Oregon tribe to open a casino in Medford has gained the attention of a U.S. House panel.

The Mail Tribune reports that members of the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs expressed concern about tribes expanding gambling operations beyond their aboriginal lands.

Chairman Don Young, an Alaska Republican, said the proliferation could lead states to open the casino business to all.

The Coquille tribe's plan has drawn opposition from another tribe -- the Cow Creek Band -- that operates a casino north of Medford.

Coquille officials say the act restoring federal recognition of the tribe specifies Jackson County as one of five the tribe can do business in. The tribe has asked federal officials to give trust status to a Medford site.