Burning Questions: Smoking ban and tribal casinos (July 6, 2009)

"It was one of the most contentious issues in the state Legislature's debate about a statewide smoking ban. And it remains one of the biggest questions about the ban, which will take effect July 5, 2010. The state's 16...

BIA delays action on Graton Rancheria casino bid (July 6, 2009)

The Obama administration is delaying action on a proposed gaming acquisition for the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria of California. The tribe was recognized in 2000 by an act of Congress. The law mandated the acquisition of trust land for...

Oklahoma tribes share more revenues with state (July 6, 2009)

Oklahoma tribes, already leading the Indian gaming industry in terms of growth, are sharing more of their revenues with the state, the Office of State Finance reported. In fiscal year 2009, tribes with Class III compacts contributed $105.6 million...

Omaha treasurer suspended after casino closure (July 6, 2009)

The treasurer of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska was suspended following the closure of the tribe's casino in Iowa. Tribal members demanded the removal of Ansley Griffin, The Sioux City Journal reported. They blamed him for the failure of the...

BIA to hold public hearing on Soboba Band casino (July 6, 2009)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will hold a public hearing on proposed gaming acquisition for the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians of California. The tribe wants 535 acres placed in trust. The existing Soboba Casino will be moved to the...

Opinion: Connecticut clueless about tribal gaming (July 6, 2009)

"The gambling industry brings with it built-in negative impacts wherever it exists — from crime, traffic and zoning issues to the 3 percent to 4 percent of the population that becomes problem or pathological gamblers. Yet for the nearly 20...

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