Give Gov. Rick Scott credit for finally hammering out a new gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
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The local revenue sharing board finally resolved an impasse that prevented the distribution of a $4.4 million payment.
The agreement must be ratified by Florida lawmakers and it will be sent to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for review.
The tribe continues to oppose attempts to expand non-Indian gaming in Florida amid litigation in federal court.
Tribal casinos generated $4.2 billion in revenue in 2014, representing 2.5 percent of private production in the state.
A new Class III gaming compact has failed to materialize as the parties battle in federal court.
The tribe shares 2 percent of Class III revenues with local communities twice a year.
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) failed to engage in 'good faith' negotiations for a controversial off-reservation site.
Tribes shared $25.6 million with the state for the most recent quarter, marking the fourth consecutive quarter of growth.
The Saginaw Tribe's opposition to the Little River off-reservation casino proposal in Muskegon is based on law and policy.
In just five years, the tribe has built four gaming facilities and has paid out more than $122.5 million in employee benefits and salaries.
Negotiations for a new Class III gaming compact continue as the tribe defends its rights in federal court.
Talks continue for a new Class III gaming compact but the tribe filed a lawsuit in federal court to ensure its rights are protected.
The state is now home to 12 'deemed approved' compacts, a record number.
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is considering an appeal in the long-running dispute.
The tribe was paying a higher revenue sharing rate despite not being able to add more gaming machines to its casino.
The tribe will go ahead with Class II machines at the facility in Mackinaw City, Michigan.
The Chickasaw Nation by and large shared more gaming revenues than any other tribe in the Sooner State.
Tribal leaders flew to the state capital to meet with Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) in hopes of renewing the deal.
The grace period for blackjack expires October 29 but the tribe previously told the state it would continue to offer the games.
The state of Arizona is once again arguing that the tribe promised it wouldn't pursue a casino in the Phoenix area.
The Arizona Indian Gaming Association is releasing a report that highlights the benefits of the state's tribal industry.
The tribe's gaming revenues have taken a hit after the state threatened vendors that do business on the reservation.
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe each will receive 12.5 percent of gross revenues from the game.
A key Republican lawmaker told FloridaPolitics.com that negotiations have proven fruitful.
The tribe contended that it lost out on $315 million in profits because the state refused to allow 2,000 slot machines at the Valley View Casino.
The states of Oklahoma and Wisconsin were handed defeat by the justices as they opened their October 2015 term.
Revenue sharing with the local community won't be required if the tribe sticks with Class II games at a proposed facility in Mackinaw City.
The existing agreement runs through February 6, 2016, giving the parties more time to negotiate potential changes.
The Alabama-based tribe owns a commercial racetrack in neighboring Florida but saw a setback in state court.
The tribe and the state have been unable to reach a new Class III gaming due to disagreements about revenue sharing.
A 151-acre site in Taunton, Massachusetts, plus another 170 acres in Mashpee, the location of tribal headquarters, were immediately placed in trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Keep the Money in Nebraska is collecting signatures for a ballot initiative to authorize casino-style games at racetracks in the state.
The tribe and the state of New Mexico are at odds after failing to negotiate a new Class III gaming compact.
A commercial casino in southeastern Massachusetts faces significant hurdles now that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved the land-into-trust application for the first Indian gaming facility in the state.
Approval of the land-into-trust application took eight years and the tribe is eager to start work on the first Indian gaming facility in Massachusetts.
More lawsuits are expected if the Bureau of Indian Affairs ever approves the tribe's land-into-trust applications.
The Republican presidential candidate actively lobbied for a Class III deal because he wanted to manage casinos for the Seminole Tribe.
The Republican frontrunner denied ever wanting to open a casino in the Sunshine State in partnership with the Seminole Tribe.
The new deal ensures stability as the tribe continues work on a $160 million expansion of the Chumash Casino Resort.
The agreement allows slot machines at a second location but the tribe isn't pursuing that option at this point.
The state's interpretation of the Class III gaming compact could affect the way non-profits receive money.
Former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger convinced some tribes to sign gaming compacts with a questionable revenue sharing provision.
The Sycuan Resort, a golf facility with a hotel, will be able to offer up to 500 slot machines.
Attorney General Luther Strange said a Class III gaming compact would be the only way for the state to gain a role in gaming on the tribe's reservation.
The deal comes as lawmakers ratified new agreements with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and the United Auburn Indian Community.
The new Class III gaming agreement will be sent to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for review.
A failed gaming deal might be behind the Republican candidate's attacks on former Florida governor Jeb Bush.
The deal comes as the tribe continues work on a $160 million expansion of the Chumash Casino Resort.
The tribe and the state have agreed to move forward with the dispute resolution process as discussions for a new deal continue.
Chairman John Berrey anticipates the Downstream Casino Resort will expand into Kansas in the new three to four years.
Key provisions of the compact expired at the end of July but a top lawmakers believes progress is being made on a new agreement.
Gov. Scott Walker (R), now a 2016 presidential candidate, hired an out-of-state firm because he said he needed help making a decision on the Menominee Nation's off-reservation casino bid.
The Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, took in at least $360 million in the last fiscal year.
After sharing more than $60 million with the state, the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians said no more until a dispute over online lottery tickets is resolved.
The tribe will pay about $18 million a year into the Indian Gaming Revenue Sharing Trust Fund and another $15 million a year into California's general fund.
The state is home to nine deemed approved compacts, accounting for more than half of the tribes with casinos.
The Republican field includes a handful of contenders with somewhat negative records on Indian gaming.
Nearly $992.3 million has gone to the Arizona Benefits Fund and another $115.7 million went directly to local governments.
Lawmakers returned to work amid rumors of a new deal but an attorney dispelled the speculation.
The director of the Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission believes tribes will reach the milestone this month.
Tribes shared $25.8 million with the state in the last quarter, a 4.5 percent increase from the same period last year.
So here it comes, another costly court fight for Florida taxpayers, this time with the Seminole Tribe over the future of an agreement that sets the parameters for gambling in our state.
Seven tribes now have deemed approved Class III gaming compacts, a seemingly unprecedented number in any state.
Key provisions of the Class III gaming compact expire on Friday and the parties have failed to reach a new agreement.
A 30-day deadline to reach an agreement Gov. Rick Scott (R) passed so the next step in the process will be mediation.
Pojoaque cannot legally engage in gambling without a state compact – which expired June 30.
One group claimed the presence of rivals in a building across from the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino threatened the facility's reopening.
A rehearing before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals or a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court are possible.
A divided Legislature couldn't come to an agreement on an extension of this part of the compact during last year's session or this year's, and now the ball's in Gov. Rick Scott's hands.
Texas Hold'em games aren't legal under the Idaho Constitution or authorized by the Class III gaming compact.
Chairwoman Stephanie A. Bryan, however, said the tribe's offer to pay the state is 'sincere.'
The tribe accuses Gov. Susana Martinez (R) of negotiating in bad faith for a Class III gaming compact.
The tribe is airing ads touting revenue sharing as lawmakers meet to consider a $200 million shortfall in Alabama's budget.
Pojoaque Pueblo has been operating without a valid Class III gaming compact since June 30.
The tribe was operating under a compact that capped the rate at 8 percent while a new deal goes as high as 10.5 percent.
The net win at tribal casinos in 2014 was $731.3 million, down from $758.6 million in 2013.
Unlike any other casino gambling interest in Florida, the Seminole Tribe is actually headquartered in the state and has been here for hundreds of years.
The state of California can now ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case that's being closely watched across Indian Country.
Florids Gov. Rick Scott (R) has maintained silence over the last few months as key provisions of the current deal are set to expire.
Zuni Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh, Taos Pueblo and Isleta Pueblo signed the deal and more tribes are in talks.
Pojoaque rolled the dice in a bet that the federal government would not actually enforce the laws requiring Indian gambling operations to be subject to compacts with states. And won.
U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez will closely monitor the tribe's casinos while a lawsuit plays out in federal court.
The compact expires at midnight tonight and Gov. Susana Martinez (R) contends the tribe's casinos will be operating illegally without a new agreement.
It is the best way to keep a lid on the spread of gambling in the state and ensure the state will continue to receive a cut of the Seminoles’ gambling operations.
Voters approved authorize keno, craps and roulette by a wide margin in November 2014.
A notice of the new agreement was published in the Federal Register on June 22.
The tribe is embarking on a $28 million casino expansion of the Shoshone Rose Casino on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.
The tribe will continue to make revenue sharing payments even though Chairman James Billie said the state broke its word.
The Seminoles believe their Class III gaming exclusivity rights are threatened by a May 29 decision in the lawsuit.
The two tribes have been at odds over the handling of ancestral remains discovered at the site of the Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Wetumpka, Alabama.
The tribe proved that the state was not negotiating in good faith for a casino on an 11-acre site on the reservation.
The governor has disappeared. The Legislature can’t agree on a basic budget, much less work out a new gambling compact with the tribe.
The agreement was signed by the Navajo Nation, the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the Mescalero Apache Nation, Acoma Pueblo and Jemez Pueblo.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected every one of the state's arguments in the closely-watched case.
The Flowing Water Navajo Casino in Shiprock will see table games thanks to a new gaming compact with the state.
Big Lagoon is significant because of the court’s recognition that, as a matter of law, Carcieri did not operate to retroactively divest existing trust lands of their legal status.
The new agreement reduces the number of slot machines from 2,000 to 1,800.
The ruling restores certainty to the federal government’s recognition of 'Indian lands' and states’ obligations to negotiate gaming compacts in good faith with tribes.
The agreement went into effect without an approval or denial from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Speaker LoRenzo Bates said.
By a unanimous vote, an en banc panel of the court rejected all of the challenges raised by the state of California.
Nearly every tribe in the state signed onto the deal, which paves the way for the addition of more gaming devices at their facilities.
A Florida appeals court's ruling to allow slot machines at a tiny barrel-racing track in rural Gadsden County could send huge shockwaves through Florida's gambling landscape.
The report does not contain any major bombshells or reveal any significant controversies but it provides some key information about Class III gaming compacts.
The tribe owns a commercial racetrack in a county where voters support slot machines.
With Florida lawmakers facing a big gap in the state budget as they prepare to reconvene for a special session, it would be irresponsible for them to walk away from the table games compact with the Seminole Tribe.
Since 1994, the tribe has shared $229 million in casino revenues with governments and schools Michigan
Some state lawmakers aren't excited about a tribal casino joining riverboat and land-based casinos.
A group called the Stop the Casino 101 sued Gov. Jerry Brown (D), but not the tribe, for signing a Class III gaming compact.
Twice a year, the tribe shares 2 percent of Class III gaming revenues with communities affected by its two casinos.
You can't blame the tribe for trying to protect its business interests, but that's the problem with cutting a classic sweetheart deal.
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are urging support for the new version of the gaming measure.
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are looking to head off competition from neighboring Massachusetts.
The Plainridge Park Casino will offer slot machines and electronic table games less than 20 miles from the tribe's casino site.
The tribe's contributed $9,700 to Yuma City in Arizona as part of the Class III gaming compact.
Chairman John Warren said the new law, which went into effect without the governor's signature, violates the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
Lawmakers are considering a bill to authorize Class III games at racetracks.
The Arizona Department of Gaming said revenues have been on the rise in September 2014.
Two counties received $11 million in gaming revenues as part of a settlement between the tribe and the state.
You can bet your last dollar that the Seminoles won't fold blackjack, baccarat and other table games easily.
The tribe is supposed to halt blackjack games if a new deal isn't reached by July 31.
The tribe has offered $250 million up front to the state in exchange for some form of exclusivity for Class III games.
Republican leaders in the state are offering competing and somewhat confusing proposals to authorize gaming in the state.
The tribe is seeking a Class III gaming deal that offers some form of exclusivity.
The state of Oklahoma is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a dispute over a failed casino.
Key provisions of the existing agreement expire July 31 and the tribe is supposed to stop offering blackjack by October 29 if a new deal isn't reached.
The tribe would rather negotiate a Class III compact that includes some form of exclusivity, Vice Chairman Robert McGhee said.
The bill, which could be introduced next week, authorizes a lottery as well as slot machines and table games.
The amount was 4.7 percent higher from the same quarter in 2014, an indication that the casino market continues to rebound.
Tribal leaders negotiated for nearly four years to reach the new deal.
If there must be Poarch Creek gambling, it might as well include card games. They certainly won't harm the public weal any more than electronic bingo already does.
The bill dictates what 'must' be included in a Class III gaming compact even though negotiations have not yet begun.
A top lawmaker is introducing legislation to expand non-Indian gaming options even as the tribe has offered to share revenue with Alabama.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the state in a dispute over a proposed amendment to the Class III gaming compact.
At least one top lawmaker doesn't believe the state can stop the tribe from opening a casino if the Bureau of Indian Affairs approves a land-into-trust application for a 166-acre site in South Bend.
Gov. Rick Scott (R) has refused to return to the table, citing opposition from lawmakers, but even they can't agree how to move forward.
Chairman John Warren said some lawmakers in Indiana aren't making the tribe feel welcome in its own territory.
The bill authorizes as many as three new facilities but it was written to avoid the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
Someone needed to stand up for the principle of the people's vote in 2002 authorizing tribal gambling compacts.
The tribe has a reservation in the southern part of the state but Gov. Susana Martinez (R) won't come to the table.
Two national organizations are coming to the defense of the tribe in response to questionable comments from state lawmakers whose county includes a non-Indian riverboat.
The tribe has already started construction on the West Valley Resort and plans to open an initial facility by the end of the year.
Attorney General George Jepsen highlighted two major concerns as lawmakers consider a bill to authorize as many as three casinos for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe.
Five tribes signed the new agreement, which allows people to ban themselves from tribal gaming facilities.
The 22-year agreement was signed by the Navajo Nation, the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the Mescalero Apache Nation, Acoma Pueblo and Jemez Pueblo.
The tribe has been eager to negotiate a deal but Republican Gov. Robert Bentley has refused to come to the table.
Montana is losing revenue because it does not allow table games, such as craps and roulette.
It's notable this year that the pari-mutuels, who've been ferocious competitors, have ended their 'circular firing squad' lobbying efforts and joined hands around a single call: a level playing field with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Lawmakers would need to act quickly before the end of their session on May 1 and before key provisions of the existing deal expire on July 31.
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) takes a big step back after two off-reservation casinos he approved ran into major opposition.
The state won't negotiate another Class III gaming compact so the tribe is in federal court in hopes of compelling talks.
The tribe wants to use its reservation in the southern part of the state for gaming but has run into numerous obstacles.
Tribes are increasing the number of Class II machines at their facilities and they don't have to share revenues from those devices.
With the passage of Proposition 202, gaming tribes in Arizona volunteered to share a portion of shared gaming revenues with the state of Arizona and local governments to support specific state and local programs.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) has refused to enter into negotiations and it appears the tribe can do little to force her to come to the table.
Gov. Mike Pence (R), who would be negotiating with the tribe, has said he opposes an 'expansion' of gaming in a state where revenues from existing facilities have fallen 17 percent in the last five fiscal years.
Even if Gov. Scott Walker (R) had approved the controversial casino in Kenosha, the agreement would have been rejected by the federal government.
The tribe has a reservation in the southern part of New Mexico that it wants to use for gaming.
Florida should not become another Nevada with gambling casinos strung across the state, but that's the possible scenario with pending legislation in Tallahassee.
The tribe believes the Bureau of Indian Affairs has restarted work on the application.
The agreement can now be sent to the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C., for review.
The tribe says Gov. Rick Scott (R) has not come to the table since talks faltered a year ago.
The tribe is withdrawing from a commercial gaming project in order to concentrate on a new battle over its expansion plans.
The tribe claims Gov. Jerry Brown (D) won't negotiate in good faith after voters rejected a compact last November.
Fairness and equality should matter to all citizens of the New Mexico.
'The reality is there is a relationship, and it's truly a partnership, between the state of Florida and the Seminole Tribe.'
We do have plans to replicate in Florida what we have done in Alabama — create jobs and economic security, add to the tax base and fiscal strength of our state, and be good and charitable neighbors.
A local group is already stirring up opposition but the mayor says he's open to discussions.
The tribe wants to develop a village and a Class III gaming facility in the city of South Bend.
The state Senate approved the new deal and it now awaits action in the House.
The tribe added a 99-room, four-story hotel to the casino in Immokalee amid talk of additional expansion plans.
The money was being withheld in a dispute over a rival off-reservation casino.
Don’t believe the spin that a massive Florida House gambling bill represents a 'contraction' in gaming.
The bill seeks to extend similar provisions from a gaming compact to the tracks.
The tribe is also sharing its unclaimed jackpots with local non-profits.
The tribe opposed prior versions but now supports the new deal despite concerns about the Navajo Nation.
In many debates over gambling expansion, often the starting point is that all gaming is equal.
The tribe has shared $1 billion with the state but would no longer be required to do so if it loses regional exclusivity.
Five tribes signed the agreement and are eager to see it approved before the end of the legislative session later this month.
Gov. Susana Martinez (R) refuses to negotiate a deal with the tribe.
For all of 2014, tribes shared about $66 million with the state.
The tribe's one-acre property in Florida was reportedly placed in trust in 1984 so it presumably can be used for a casino.
The county won out in a dispute over the cost of law enforcement services.
The deal covers te Navajo Nation, the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the Mescalero Apache Nation, Acoma Pueblo and Jemez Pueblo.
The metal structure could be used for a gaming facility -- or a marijuana operation.
The tribe is hoping to gain some leverage because Gov. Rick Scott (R) won't come to the table.
The new deal addresses revenue sharing, free play, operational hours and gaming on newly acquired lands.
The tribe's Class III gaming compact authorizes four locations.
An offer to fund a new stadium was linked to the Ho-Chunk Nation's casino in Beloit.
The leader of the Florida Senate said he's 'anti-gaming' anyway.
The agreement allows tribes to add more gaming devices to their facilities.
Chief Cheryl Smith is still considering whether to push for a Class III gaming compact.
The tribe has shared more than $1 billion with the state over the last five years.
The tribe contributed $15.3 million to the state and $5 million to local governments.
The city of Salamanca was withholding the money due to confusion about gaming revenues and the federal Impact Aid program.
The tribe is willing to share revenues with the state.
Washington’s treaty tribes would find it easier to add electronic slot machines as their enterprises gradually expand.
The proposal would have relieved tribes of their revenue sharing obligations, tribal officials said.
Six tribes have been negotiating with the state because some agreements expire June 30.
The tribe is on track to open an off-reservation casino by the end of the year.
The amount shared was 5.8 percent higher than the same quarter in the prior year.
The provision in question states that gaming can only on occur on lands that were in trust prior to 1988.
The tribe's casino is the largest employer in Amador County.
Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn promised a decision in "early 2013" but that deadline has long passed.
The tribe clears up 'misinformation' about the tribal casino industry in Idaho.
The agreement claims to limit gaming to lands that were in trust prior to 1988.
The tribe hopes its fourth Class III facility will be located in Beloit.
Tribes have almost reached the cap of about 28,000 machines set by compacts from 2007.
The Menominees blamed a rival tribe and the governor's presidential aspirations for the negative decision.
The decision to disapprove the compact strikes me as consistent with its approach in recent years to limit the scope of these types of agreements.
An answer could come before Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) makes a decision on the off-reservation casino in Kenosha.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C.
A commercial casino in neighboring Massachusetts is a major issue.
The tribe says it will share $1 billion with the state over 25 years.
The tribe faces a July 31 to renew key provisions of its Class III gaming compact.
A new Class III compact could be sent to the Bureau of Indian Affairs this week.
The state announced agreements with 27 of 29 tribes.
So gaming venues in some places appear to be crapping out even as the economy improves.
Gov. Scott Walker (R) has indicated he will wait until February 19 to announce a decision.
The New Mexico Gaming Control Board tried to include free play credits in tribal revenue sharing payments.
The tribe believes it must be compensated for losses from a rival casino.
Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn said the deal went against the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
Provisions for three card games expire July 31 although slot machines won't be affected.
The tribe sets aside $1.5 million a year for scholarships and tuition programs.
Voters approved a constitutional amendment by a wide margin so all that's needed is action from the State Legislature.
Republicans are in control of the Legislature but don't seem to care whether the state renews the gaming deal.
The tribe still needs to hire a gaming commission before installing the machines.
The tribe has agreed to share a larger percentage of revenues over the course of the 22-year deal.
The decision will help Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) determine whether to approve an off-reservation casino for the Menominee Nation.
The tribe lacks a Class III gaming compact so Class III games are illegal on the reservation.
The deal requires the tribe to share between 2 percent and 8.5 percent of its gaming revenues with the state.
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