Minn. Democrats accuse GOP of attacking tribes (February 17, 2004)

Minnesota Democrats accused Republicans of attacking tribes as hearings over gaming compacts began on Monday. Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) wants to renegotiate existing compacts to get a "better deal" for the state. Republican lawmakers support the idea, saying the state...

Debate held over proposed Timbisha-Shoshone casino (February 17, 2004)

Business leaders in Hesperia, California, heard both sides of a debate over a proposed casino. The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe says it will bring 1,000 jobs and business opportunities for local vendors. The tribe is offering the city nearly $7 million...

NIGC considers subpoena of Okla. casino records (February 17, 2004)

The National Indian Gaming Commission might subpoena financial records from the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma in response to complaints of mismanagement. NIGC says the tribe is withholding information about two casinos in Oklahoma and a bingo hall. The failure to...

Okla. gaming compact bill moving through Legislature (February 17, 2004)

A bill to legalize certain electronic casino machines in Oklahoma is making its way through the State Legislature. SB553 would allow tribes and four racetracks, including one that is tribally-owned, to offer electronic machines that may or may not be...

Maine tribes to take slot license issue to court (February 17, 2004)

Two Maine tribes plan to take their bid to run the slot machines at a racetrack to court. The Penobscot Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribe sought to intervene in the license process. But the state's harness racing commission rejected the tribes,...

Coalition rallies against Cowlitz Tribe's casino (February 17, 2004)

Residents of La Center, Washington, are hoping to convince county commissioners not to approve a deal with the Cowlitz Tribe that would lead to a casino. Stand Up for North Clark County believes the casino would hurt non-Indian card clubs....

Voters go to polls for Ho-Chunk Nation referendum (February 17, 2004)

Voters in Dane County, Wisconsin, are at the polls today to decide whether to allow the Ho-Chunk Nation to convert a bingo hall into a full-fledged casino. The tribe has many supporters, including local officials who welcome the $91 million...

Bill to settle Mich. land claim for casino stalled (February 17, 2004)

A bill to settle the Bay Mills Indian Community's land claim for a casino is languishing in the U.S. Congress. Under S.2986, the tribe would drop its claim to about 100 acres in the Charlotte Beach area of Michigan's Upper...

Editorial: Don't blame tribe for bad gaming deals (February 17, 2004)

Wisconsin voters upset with the state's Indian gaming compacts shouldn't take it out on the Ho-Chunk Nation, The Wisconsin State Journal says in an editorial. The paper says blame for "sweetheart deals" lies with Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle (D). "The...