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Ho-Chunk Nation takes step forward with off-reservation casino

The Ho-Chunk Nation's off-reservation casino is finally moving forward in a more politically-friendly environment in Wisconsin.

Posted: November 12, 2018


News reports link Secretary Zinke's criminal woes to tribal gaming

A tribal lobbying scandal during the George W. Bush era led to criminal indictments. It looks like another one is brewing in the nation's capital.

Posted: November 1, 2018


Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation seeks to revive gaming lawsuit

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is firing back at the Trump administration as plans for a new casino remain in limbo.

Posted: October 17, 2018


Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation sees setback in case against Trump administration

The Trump administration has delayed a tribally-owned casino in Connecticut, a move that benefits a non-Indian rival.

Posted: October 2, 2018


A 'milestone': Tule River Tribe moves forward with casino plan

Comments are being accepted on the Tule River Tribe's casino impact study and a public meeting has been scheduled.

Posted: September 26, 2018


Tule River Tribe takes major step forward with casino relocation plan

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is finally releasing an environmental review for the Tule River Tribe's casino relocation project.

Posted: September 20, 2018


Another tribe wins approval for ball and dice games in Oklahoma

The Comanche Nation joins 13 other tribes with the ability to offer craps, roulette and similar ball and dice games.

Posted: September 17, 2018


Tohono O'odham Nation wins approval to restore more homelands

The Trump administration is facing fire for its tribal homelands decisions but not everything coming out of Washington looks bad for Indian Country.

Posted: September 11, 2018


Choctaw Nation and Cherokee Nation offer first ball and dice games

Patrons are finally rolling the dice at Choctaw and Cherokee casinos in Oklahoma.

Posted: August 21, 2018


Tribes secure approval to offer ball and dice games in Oklahoma

The new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs continues to take action on gaming issues, this time helping out tribes in Oklahoma.

Posted: August 17, 2018


New Bureau of Indian Affairs leader takes action on gaming

Tara Sweeney might have been kept out of view by the Trump administration but that doesn't mean she hasn't been working hard in Washington.

Posted: August 16, 2018


Federal gaming agency takes action on once controversial regulations

More than a decade after the courts took action, the National Indian Gaming Commission is suspending regulations that were once the subject of considerable controversy.

Posted: August 10, 2018


Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes report mixed slot machine revenues

Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes saw mixed results in slot machine revenues as they get ready to break ground on a new development.

Posted: June 19, 2018


Tribes plan to break ground on long-awaited casino in Connecticut

Despite being kept in the dark by the Trump administration, the Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes plan to open a new casino in 2020.

Posted: June 14, 2018


Trump administration still mum on gaming agreement for Mashantucket Tribe

The Trump administration has yet to take action on a gaming agreement for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and lawmakers want to know why.

Posted: June 13, 2018


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in limbo as gaming industry advances in Massachusetts

As the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sits in limbo before the Trump administration, non-Indian interests make strides in Massachusetts.

Posted: June 11, 2018


Shawnee Tribe wins federal approval of Class III gaming compact

The Shawnee Tribe continues to make progress on a long-awaited off-reservation casino.

Posted: June 7, 2018


Trump administration reverses course on tribal gaming agreement in Connecticut

After keeping the Mohegan Tribe in the dark for 10 months, the Trump team has finally spoken.

Posted: June 4, 2018


Muscogee Nation plans new gaming development after clearing federal hurdle

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation aims to revitalize Lake Eufaula in Oklahoma with a casino, hotel and other development.

Posted: May 14, 2018


Hopi Tribe officially joins Indian gaming industry with approved compact

Though it lacks a physical casino at this point, the Hopi Tribe has officially joined the Indian gaming industry.

Posted: May 7, 2018


Tribes still facing legal questions in bid for new casino in Connecticut

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe can't seem to catch a break when it comes to a new casino.

Posted: April 17, 2018


Trump administration hit for keeping two tribes in Connecticut in the dark

Blankets and an honor song didn't work. What will it take to see action from the Trump administration?

Posted: April 6, 2018


Tribes finally start demolition at site of delayed casino in Connecticut

Amid delays attributed to the Trump administration, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe finally started demolition work for their new casino in Connecticut.

Posted: March 6, 2018


Tribes still planning to start work on delayed casino in Connecticut

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are almost ready to start initial work on a long-delayed casino in Connecticut.

Posted: February 28, 2018


Washoe Tribe plans to expand offerings at casino with new compact

The Washoe Tribe plans to expand the offerings at its unique casino after amending its Class III gaming compact with the state of Nevada.

Posted: February 21, 2018


Trump team appears willing to delay tribal casino deal in Connecticut indefinitely

The Trump administration is advancing a curious argument as it battles the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe over plans for a new casino in Connecticut.

Posted: February 6, 2018


Wilton Rancheria hails action on agreement for long-awaited casino

The Wilton Rancheria is hoping to break ground on a long-awaited casino in California this summer after clearing the last major hurdle to the project.

Posted: January 23, 2018


Bureau of Indian Affairs allows nine gaming compacts to take effect

The Bureau of Indian Affair has allowed nine tribal gaming compacts to take effect in California, a significant number for the Golden State.

Posted: January 22, 2018


Tribes turn tables on non-Indian company intent on derailing new gaming facility

Connecticut is getting 'played' by a non-Indian gaming company, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe say.

Posted: December 7, 2017


Lawmakers join tribes in pressing Trump team for firm response on new casino

Lawmakers from Connecticut are supporting the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe as they seek a firm response from the Trump administration on plans for a new casino.

Posted: November 8, 2017


Tribes seek stronger response from Trump team on new casino in Connecticut

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe honored a top Trump administration official but their gesture doesn't seem to have helped plans for a new casino in Connecticut.

Posted: November 1, 2017


Bureau of Indian Affairs allows last casino deal in New Mexico to take effect

It's official -- every tribe in New Mexico is operating under a Class III gaming compact that was neither approved nor outright rejected by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Posted: October 26, 2017


Rosebud Sioux Tribe extends gaming compact for 11th time in five years

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe continues to operate under a gaming agreement that limits its casino to 250 slot machines.

Posted: July 26, 2017


Tohono O'odham Nation wins approval of updated Class III gaming compact

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has officially approved the Tohono O'odham Nation to offer slot machines and related games at its newest casino in Arizona.

Posted: July 21, 2017


Oklahoma tribes won casino approvals on last day of Obama administration

Two tribes won approval for new casinos in Oklahoma on the last full day of the Obama administration but the Trump team held up the official announcements for six months.

Posted: July 19, 2017


South Dakota tribes continue to extend Class III gaming compacts

The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe are extending their agreements once again.

Posted: March 22, 2017


Cowlitz Tribe secures approval to offer liquor as casino debut nears

All the pieces are falling into place as the tribe prepares to open the ilani Casino Resort in late April.

Posted: March 22, 2017


Wilton Rancheria celebrates approval of gaming land application

For the first time time in decades, the California tribe is looking forward to having a homeland.

Posted: January 26, 2017


Nottawaseppi Huron Band addresses education in new casino deal

The Michigan Native American Heritage Fund can be used to help schools eliminate harmful mascots.

Posted: January 5, 2017


Tule River Tribe starts lengthy process to move casino to new site

The tribe must gain approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs as well as the governor of California.

Posted: January 5, 2017


Wilton Rancheria takes a huge step forward with casino project

With just a few weeks left in the Obama administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is delivering a big decision for the California tribe.

Posted: December 13, 2016


Class III gaming compacts for five tribes in California take effect

In just the past three months alone, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has allowed compacts for 10 tribes in the state to take effect.

Posted: December 5, 2016


Pokagon Band secures approval for alcohol ordinance in Indiana

The tribe is celebrating major milestones as it moves forward with a casino in Indiana.

Posted: November 29, 2016


Redding Rancheria restarts process to replace existing casino

Plans call for a 140,000 square-foot casino, a hotel with about 250 rooms, retail and an event/convention center at a much larger site.

Posted: November 28, 2016


Rosebud Sioux Tribe extends Class III gaming compact again

Negotiations in South Dakota appear to be moving at a glacial pace.

Posted: September 23, 2016


Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe wins approval of gaming compact

The tribe will be able to operate up to 1,000 slot machines at the Royal River Casino in South Dakota.

Posted: September 20, 2016


National Indian Gaming Commission raises penalty amount to nearly $50K

Tribes, management companies and other parties doing business in the Indian gaming industry are facing higher penalties for violating federal law.

Posted: July 7, 2016


Cloverdale Rancheria excited to move forward with casino plan

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will 'immediately' place 61.83 acres in trust for the California tribe.

Posted: May 18, 2016


Cowlitz Tribe hosts forums on casino construction and related work

The tribe will be offering updates on the fast-rising casino, a $15 million water reclamation plant and a $32 million highway improvement project.

Posted: May 5, 2016


Oglala Sioux Tribe wins approval for new Class III gaming compact

The tribe is now able to offer craps, keno and roulette following voter approval of a gaming initiative in South Dakota.

Posted: April 25, 2016


Two more Class III gaming compacts in New Mexico go into effect

The Land of Enchantment is now home to 15 tribes with 'deemed approved' agreements, the most of any state in the nation.

Posted: April 5, 2016


National Indian Gaming Commission finally gets its third member

The agency that regulates the $28.5 billion tribal casino industry is operating with a full slate for the first time in more than three years.

Posted: March 15, 2016


Jamul Indian Village still waiting for decision on gaming contract

The tribe plans to open a $390 million on its reservation in southern California in July with or without a federally-approved management contract.

Posted: March 14, 2016


Rosebud Sioux Tribe continues work on Class III gaming compact

The tribe and the state have been negotiating for at least a year but have been unable to finalize a new agreement.

Posted: March 10, 2016


National Indian Gaming Commission slated to get a third member

Kathryn Isom-Clause, an attorney and member of Taos Pueblo, has been appointed to join the agency that regulates tribal casinos.

Posted: February 8, 2016


Umatilla Tribes raise gambling age as sales of liquor start at casino

Patrons can enjoy beer, wine and other beverages on the gaming floor and in other areas of the Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Pendleton, Oregon.

Posted: February 8, 2016


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe ready to build long-awaited casino

The First Light Resort and Casino will be located on about 151 acres in the city of Taunton, Massachusetts, land that is now officially a reservation.

Posted: January 8, 2016


Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation sees action on Illinois casino plan

In one of his final actions, former assistant secretary Kevin Washburn started the environmental review process for the tribe's proposed Class II gaming facility.

Posted: January 5, 2016


BIA allows another New Mexico gaming compact to go into effect

The Land of Enchantment is now more to more 'deemed approved' compacts than any other state thanks to former assistant secretary Kevin Washburn.

Posted: January 4, 2016


Wilton Rancheria sees BIA movement on long-awaited casino bid

Plans call for a 601,780 square-foot facility that includes a 110,260 square-foot gaming floor, a 302-room hotel, a 48,150-square-foot convention center and a 3,500-space parking lot.

Posted: January 4, 2016


Samish Nation still waiting for decision on long-awaited casino

Plans call for a 48,100 square-foot casino on about 11.41 acres in Skagit County.

Posted: December 16, 2015


Cowlitz Tribe plans $13.4M wastewater system at casino site

Chairman William Iyall is confident that the Environmental Protection Agency will approve the project.

Posted: November 13, 2015


BIA allows more New Mexico gaming compacts to go into effect

The state is now home to 12 'deemed approved' compacts, a record number.

Posted: October 28, 2015


BIA backs extension of Rosebud Sioux Tribe gaming compact

The existing agreement runs through February 6, 2016, giving the parties more time to negotiate potential changes.

Posted: October 5, 2015


National Indian Gaming Commission finally sees another member

Sequoyah Simermeyer, a Senate staffer who used to work at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is due to join the agency that oversees the $28.5 billion tribal casino industry.

Posted: September 30, 2015


Saginaw Chippewa Tribe vows fight over off-reservation casino

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians will be facing a formidable opponent as it purses the $180 million development in Michigan.

Posted: September 29, 2015


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gaming site officially put in trust

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.

Posted: September 25, 2015


Little River Band sees strong support for off-reservation casino

Local officials are singing the praises of the $180 million project as the Bureau of Indian Affairs moves forward with the review process.

Posted: September 24, 2015


Little River Band remains committed to off-reservation casino

The tribe is pursuing the project in Fruitport Township, Michigan, under the two-part determination provisions of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Posted: September 23, 2015


BIA sets hearing on Little River Band off-reservation casino bid

The tribe plans a $180 million development in Fruitport Township, about 80 miles from reservation headquarters.

Posted: September 21, 2015


BIA allows two more New Mexico gaming deals to go into effect

The state is home to nine deemed approved compacts, accounting for more than half of the tribes with casinos.

Posted: August 13, 2015


BIA allows two more New Mexico gaming deals to go into effect

Seven tribes now have deemed approved Class III gaming compacts, a seemingly unprecedented number in any state.

Posted: July 30, 2015


Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wins approval for liquor ordinance

The tribe is due back in federal court to defend the legality of a controversial Class II facility on the island of Martha's Vineyard.

Posted: July 27, 2015


Navajo Nation leader hails action on Class III gaming compact

A notice of the new agreement was published in the Federal Register on June 22.

Posted: June 25, 2015


BIA confirms Soboba Band can put casino at newly acquired site

The tribe spent nearly eight years trying to get the 410-acre site placed in trust.

Posted: June 3, 2015


Soboba Band still working on plan to relocate casino to new site

It only took nearly eight years, but the Bureau of Indian Affairs has finally approved a land-into-trust application for the southern California tribe.

Posted: June 1, 2015


Pokagon Band includes casino in land-into-trust plan in Indiana

The tribe wants to develop a village and a Class III gaming facility in the city of South Bend.

Posted: March 12, 2015


Karuk Tribe completes arbitration for county casino agreement

The county won out in a dispute over the cost of law enforcement services.

Posted: February 24, 2015


BIA still working on potential Pokagon Band casino in Indiana

The tribe submitted a land-into-trust application more than two years ago.

Posted: February 18, 2015


Seminole Tribe wins ruling over state taxation at gaming facilities

A federal judge handed the tribe a victory on two taxes that were being imposed on the reservation.

Posted: September 11, 2014


BIA publishes final report on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino bid

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is getting even closer to a casino.

Posted: September 4, 2014


Stillaguamish Tribe finally secures reservation status for casino

The effort took nearly 30 years, Chairman Shawn Yanity said.

Posted: August 26, 2014


Class III compact for Swinomish Tribe lowers legal age to 18

The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved an amendment to the tribe's existing agreement.

Posted: July 23, 2014


Federal Register: NIGC adopts final fee rate and fingerprint fee

Notice was published in today's issue of the Federal Register.

Posted: June 3, 2014


Los Coyotes Band praises action on off-reservation casino

After more than a decade of work, the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians is closer to an off-reservation casino in California.

Posted: April 21, 2014


BIA advances off-reservation casino projects in California

Two California tribes are finally seeing action on their off-reservation gaming proposals.

Posted: April 18, 2014


BIA approves amendment to Lummi Nation Class III casino deal

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved an amendment to the Class III gaming compact between the Lummi Nation and the state of Washington.

Posted: April 8, 2014


Federal Register: NIGC fee rate, Mechoopa Tribe land-into-trust

There are two gaming notices of interest in today's issue of the Federal Register.

Posted: February 27, 2014


NIGC weighs change in handling of management contracts

The National Indian Gaming Commission might change the way it handles management contracts.

Posted: February 11, 2014


BIA publishes notice of Crow Tribe Class III gaming compact

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has published notice of a Class III gaming compact between the Crow Tribe and the state of Montana.

Posted: February 7, 2014


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits land-into-trust at casino

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe needs to clear a big hurdle before opening a casino in southeastern Massachusetts

Posted: February 5, 2014


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hails gaming compact approval

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomed official approval of its Class III gaming compact with the state of Massachusetts.

Posted: February 4, 2014


Non-Indian billionaire complains about Wampanoag compact

Billionaire gaming mogul Steve Wynn is once again complaining about revenue sharing provisions being afforded to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts.

Posted: February 3, 2014


BIA publishes notice of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe compact

The Class III gaming compact for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts will go into effect on Monday.

Posted: January 31, 2014


Progress on Stockbridge-Munsee off-reservation casino bid

The Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin is seeing progress on its New York off-reservation casino.

Posted: January 30, 2014


Manzanita Band awaits decision on off-reservation casino

The Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation in California is still waiting for an answer on its off-reservation casino application.

Posted: January 29, 2014


BIA publishes notices for recent Class III gaming compacts

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has published notices in the Federal Register of four Class III gaming compacts.

Posted: January 21, 2014


Soboba Band hires Scott Sirois as casino general manager

The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians in California has hired a new casino general manager.

Posted: January 7, 2014


BIA moves forward with Wilton Rancheria casino land-into-trust

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is moving forward with a casino land-into-trust application submitted by the Wilton Rancheria of California.

Posted: December 4, 2013


BIA issues final EIS for Soboba Band casino land-into-trust

The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians of California is finally seeing movement on its casino land-into-trust application.

Posted: November 28, 2013


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