Land claim settlement act might aid off-reservation casino (January 25, 2012)

The Michigan Indian Land Claims Settlement Act might help the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians with its off-reservation casino. The tribe plans to open a $245 million casino in Lansing. The land isn't in trust but that could...

Column: DOJ opinion allows tribes to start Internet gambling (January 25, 2012)

"In case you missed it – and you may have because of the press of the holidays – the U.S. Justice Department issued an opinion Dec. 23 that opens the door for legalized Internet gambling, except on sports. California attorney...

Column: Tribes in Minnesota maintain monopoly on gaming (January 25, 2012)

"Years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sovereign Indian tribes could conduct gambling on tribal lands without interference from the state. However, the Federal Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 added a requirement that in order for tribes to operate...

Mohegan Tribe announces plan to restructure gaming debts (January 25, 2012)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut announced a plan to restructure some of its gaming debt. The tribe plans to exchange about $598 million worth of bonds for new notes. The deal places less restrictions on the tribe's operations. The tribe...

Q&A: Matthew Fletcher on Supreme Court casino land case (January 25, 2012)

"The U.S. Supreme Court will decide during its 2012 session whether the federal government properly took into trust land in Michigan's Allegan County for the Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi to build a casino. The justices could hear arguments as...

Catawba Nation sues state for gaming rights on reservation (January 25, 2012)

The Catawba Nation is suing the state of South Carolina over gaming. The Gambling Cruise Act of 2005 authorizes slot machines on ships off the South Carolina coast. The tribe says it should be allowed to engage in the same...

Mississippi Choctaws reopen Phillip M's restaurant at casino (January 25, 2012)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians reopened the Phillip M's restaurant on Tuesday. The restaurant is named for the late chief Phillip Martin. It was renamed after he lost election in 2007 but new Chief Phyllis J. Anderson brought it...

Oklahoma governor can't block Kialegee Tribal Town casino (January 25, 2012)

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) confirmed she knew about the Kialegee Tribal Town casino early last year but said there was nothing she could do about it. Her office raised concerns about the tribe's ability to open a casino on...

Editorial: Off-reservation casino worth pursuing in Michigan (January 25, 2012)

"Yes, backers of a plan to put a tribal casino in downtown Lansing face tough odds. Still, the city should pursue the possibility. Casinos are already in Michigan, with more than 20 tribal gaming operations across the state and three...