The Nez Perce Indian Tribe will proceed with its proposed bingo operation, despite Gov. Cecil Andrus' opposition to gaming of any sort in the state.

Andrus "doesn't have the jurisdiction to do it. Congress already passed the law," said Allen Pinkham, chairman of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee, the tribal government.Pinkham referred to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act approved earlier this fall.

Andrus told a press conference in Boise last week that charitable gaming, such as bingo, would not be condoned in Idaho.

"I don't know gaming to be charitable," Andrus said. "Whether it be an Indian tribe . . . it's not going to happen."