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Pamunkey Tribe still working on casino plan after winning recognition

The Pamunkey Tribe paid its annual treaty tribute to Virginia as planning continues for a casino.

Posted: November 28, 2018

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

Tribe said to be interested in pursuing a casino in Georgia

Is it the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians? A new report isn't specific.

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

Comanche Nation heads to court to battle Chickasaw Nation casino

The Comanche Nation says it wasn't consulted before the Chickasaw Nation acquired land for yet another casino.

Posted: September 18, 2018

United Keetoowah Band eyes casino amid questions about land

The United Keetoowah Band is proposing a casino amid questions about its homelands in northeastern Oklahoma.

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

Grand Ronde Tribes place site of former racetrack on the market

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde will not be developing a former racetrack near Oregon's largest city.

Posted: August 28, 2018

Bay Mills Indian Community awaits decision on disputed casino

More than four years after securing victory at the nation's highest court, the Bay Mills Indian Community is waiting for a crucial decision.

Posted: August 22, 2018

Timbisha Shoshone Tribe wins approval for update to casino agreement

The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe secured approval for an updated casino agreement but not after some heated discussion.

Posted: August 17, 2018

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians continues casino expansion work

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is adding a conference center, a new hotel and more to its flagship gaming facility in North Carolina.

Posted: August 8, 2018

Tohono O'odham Nation acquires land next to casino but won't use it for gaming

The Tohono O'odham Nation is expanding the footprint around its once controversial casino in Arizona.

Posted: July 5, 2018

Enterprise Rancheria eyes 'Hard Rock Sacramento' after tribal homelands victory

The iconic Hard Rock brand could soon be coming to California's capital city thanks to a partnership between tribal nations.

Posted: July 2, 2018

'Economic self-sufficiency': Pamunkey Tribe pursues casino in Virginia

The Pamunkey Tribe is in for the long haul as it seeks land for a casino in Virginia.

Posted: June 14, 2018

Sault Tribe faces doubts about long-stalled off-reservation casino

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians might be looking elsewhere for gaming opportunities thanks to the Trump administration.

Posted: June 13, 2018

Pamunkey Tribe not invited to local meeting about casino plan

Local officials in Virginia are hosting a town hall to discuss plans for a casino only they haven't invited a key player.

Posted: May 23, 2018

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gains local support for homelands legislation

After seeing some initial opposition, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has gained local support for a bill to protect its homelands in Massachusetts.

Posted: May 22, 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

Former chief of Pamunkey Tribe slams gaming plan as 'recipe for disaster'

The former chief of the Pamunkey Tribe is criticizing the involvement of a non-Indian billionaire in plans for a gaming facility.

Posted: May 11, 2018

Pamunkey Tribe pushes for casino as Virginia opens door to new machines

Good timing, and some luck, may be on the side of the Pamunkey Tribe as it pursues a casino in Virginia.

Posted: May 7, 2018

Yet another federal appeals court backs restoration of tribal homelands

The winning streak continues for Indian Country with yet another federal appeals court decision in favor of tribal homelands.

Posted: May 2, 2018

Pamunkey Tribe partners with billionaire developer in push for casino

The recently recognized Pamunkey Tribe is working with a billionaire developer as it seeks to open the first casino in Virginia, an endeavor characterized by numerous hurdles.

Posted: April 25, 2018

Pamunkey Tribe connected to acquisition of land by gaming company

The recently recognized Pamunkey Tribe is moving full steam ahead with plans for a gaming facility in Virginia.

Posted: April 23, 2018

Comanche Nation citizens warned of big hit from rival Chickasaw Nation casino

The Comanche Nation is expecting a 25 percent decline in revenues at one of its gaming facilities, and tribal citizens will feel the pain too.

Posted: April 23, 2018

Mechoopda Tribe: 'Enough is enough' as appeals court rules in homelands case

The Mechoopda Tribe is still willing to sit down with local opponents to discuss plans for a long-delayed casino in northern California.

Posted: April 20, 2018

Mechoopda Tribe looks forward to casino after securing victory in court

The Mechoopda Tribe plans to move forward with a long-delayed casino but opponents don't seem willing to accept defeat.

Posted: April 17, 2018

Mechoopda Tribe scores victory in long-running fight over homelands

The court victories keep coming for tribes seeking to restore their homelands even as the Trump administration seeks to erect more hurdles for Indian Country.

Posted: April 13, 2018

Timbisha Shoshone Tribe faces hurdles in Washington for casino bid

As predicted, the Trump administration is raising hurdles for the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe as it pursues an off-reservation casino.

Posted: April 11, 2018

Shawnee Tribe planning to start work on off-reservation casino

The Shawnee Tribe officially signed the deed for the site of the future Golden Mesa Casino in Oklahoma.

Posted: March 29, 2018

Hearing expected in Senate on Lytton Band homelands measure

A bill to place about 940 acres in trust for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians appears to be gaining steam on Capitol Hill.

Posted: March 27, 2018

Pamunkey Tribe announces plans for $700 million gaming facility

The Pamunkey Tribe is seeking to join the Indian gaming industry but doesn't plan on building a casino on its reservation in Virginia.

Posted: March 16, 2018

Kiowa Tribe prepares to debut new casino with more in the works

The Kiowa Tribe is opening a new gaming facility and is looking to the Trump administration to help with two more projects.

Posted: March 15, 2018

Timbisha Shoshone Tribe faces attack from anti-Indian gaming group

The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe is battling a new rival in California, one that has tied up gaming projects with litigation and political campaigns.

Posted: March 7, 2018

Wilton Rancheria wins court decision in favor of long-awaited casino

A federal judge has sided with the Wilton Rancheria, rejecting a challenge to the tribe's long-awaited casino project in northern California.

Posted: March 1, 2018

National Congress of American Indians praises win in homelands case

The National Congress of American Indians is congratulating the Gun Lake Tribe for its victory at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted: February 27, 2018

Gun Lake Tribe welcomes victory as Supreme Court puts end to homelands lawsuit

The leader of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians is hailing a decision from the nation's highest court as a victory for all of Indian Country.

Posted: February 27, 2018

Supreme Court sides with Indian Country in long-running homelands case

In a victory for Indian Country, the nation's highest court has confirmed that Congress can protect tribal homelands from litigation.

Posted: February 27, 2018

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe waits for Trump team's decision on casino

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still doesn't know when the Trump administration will make a decision on its long-delayed casino in Massachusetts.

Posted: February 22, 2018

Timbisha Shoshone Tribe refutes rumors of marijuana at casino

The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe will not engage in 'any ' marijuana activities at the site of its proposed casino in California, Chairman George Gholson said.

Posted: February 12, 2018

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits Trump team's decision on casino

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is still waiting for the Trump administration to make a decision on its long-delayed casino in Massachusetts.

Posted: February 8, 2018

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe makes layoffs as gaming project stalls

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has laid off employees and closed its gaming agency amid uncertainty surrounding its long-delayed casino in Massachusetts.

Posted: January 30, 2018

Chumash Tribe reaffirms prohibition on gaming at land-into-trust site

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has no plans for gaming at its land-into-trust site in California, Chairman Kenneth Kahn confirmed.

Posted: January 25, 2018

Agua Caliente Band starts land-into-trust process for another casino

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is moving forward with plans for a third gaming facility in southern California.

Posted: January 23, 2018

Shawnee Tribe secures historic approval for off-reservation homelands

After nearly two decades of delays and setbacks, the Shawnee Tribe finally has a place to call home.

Posted: January 19, 2018

Timbisha Shoshone Tribe solicits local input for off-reservation casino project

The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe is still working on plans for an off-reservation casino in California.

Posted: January 15, 2018

'Enough is enough!' -- Yet another tribe scores big victory in homelands case

Indian Country continues to rack up victories when it comes to the restoration of tribal homelands.

Posted: January 12, 2018

Ponca Tribe faces roadblock with lawsuit challenging restoration of homelands

The descendants of Ponca Chief Standing Bear are once again facing opposition to plans for a casino on their restored homelands.

Posted: December 15, 2017

Gun Lake Tribe surpasses $100 million mark in gaming revenues shared in Michigan

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, surpassed a major gaming milestone in Michigan.

Posted: December 11, 2017

Supreme Court brings good news to Quapaw Tribe in restoration of homelands case

The U.S. Supreme Court has brought some good news to the Quapaw Tribe, whose casino expansion plans have been held up the state of Kansas.

Posted: December 11, 2017

Another appeals court decision backs restoration of tribal homelands in California

Despite doubts voiced by a senior Trump administration official, tribes continue to score legal victories as they restore their homelands.

Posted: November 29, 2017

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe calls Trump team for help on eve of Thanksgiving

In his first Thanksgiving proclamation, President Trump credited the Wampanoag people with helping the Pilgrims survive. The tribe wants the favor returned.

Posted: November 22, 2017

Supreme Court hears arguments in long-running Gun Lake Tribe homeland case

The U.S. Supreme Court finally heard arguments in its first, and so far only, Indian law case of the term and one member boiled the dispute down to a seemingly simple question.

Posted: November 7, 2017

Prairie Island Indian Community refutes speculation of new casino in Minnesota

Casino rumors are once again surfacing as the Prairie Island Indian Community goes through the land-into-trust process.

Posted: October 23, 2017

Kansas asks Supreme Court to overturn ruling in Quapaw Tribe homeland case

The state of Kansas is trying to keep the Quapaw Tribe from expanding its casino with a last-ditch appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted: October 10, 2017

Gun Lake Tribe shares oral arguments with Trump team in Supreme Court case

Things are shaping as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares for its first Indian law case of the term.

Posted: October 10, 2017

Comanche Nation sues over last-minute approval of Chickasaw Nation casino

The Comanche Nation is suing the federal government in hopes of stopping the Chickasaw Nation from expanding its gaming empire in Oklahoma.

Posted: August 21, 2017

Another tribe chimes in with criticism of 'reservation shopping' in Michigan

Not everyone in Indian Country is upset with the Trump administration's first major land-into-trust decision.

Posted: July 31, 2017

Nottawaseppi Huron Band praises denial of off-reservation gaming projects

While one tribe in Michigan is vowing a fight, another is praising the Trump administration for rejecting proposals for two off-reservation casinos.

Posted: July 28, 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

Wilton Rancheria again wins backing for casino land-into-trust application

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is standing by its decision to place land into trust for the Wilton Rancheria.

Posted: July 18, 2017

Nisqually Tribe talks to local officials about off-reservation gaming facility

Discussions are still in the early stages but the Nisqually Tribe is interested in a casino and other development in Lacey, Washington.

Posted: July 12, 2017

Quapaw Tribe wins decision favoring restoration of homelands in Kansas

A federal appeals court has dealt a blow to the state of Kansas in its attempt to prevent the Quapaw Tribe from expanding a casino onto ancestral territory.

Posted: June 29, 2017

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe shifts course on casino land-into-trust bid

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is going back to court to defend its casino land-into-trust application amid signs of uncertainty from the Trump administration.

Posted: June 28, 2017

Wilton Rancheria won't comment on status of gaming compact talks

The Wilton Rancheria's plan for a $400 million casino in Elk Grove, California, remains the subject of considerable debate as opponents fight in and out of court.

Posted: June 27, 2017

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe remains confident of approval of casino

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe expects to hear a decision on its long-awaited casino in Massachusetts by June 27.

Posted: June 22, 2017

Chickasaw Nation breaks ground on $10M casino by Texas border

The new facility is going up on land that was placed into trust on the last full day of the Obama administration.

Posted: May 25, 2017

Tohono O'odham Nation secures victory in long-running gaming dispute

A highly-charged gaming dispute that set off a litigation, legislation and lobbying frenzy is finally coming to an end.

Posted: May 17, 2017

Gun Lake Tribe opens doors to $76M expansion of gaming facility

The Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, Michigan, is now nearly double in size.

Posted: May 3, 2017

Gun Lake Tribe eager to defend casino in Supreme Court challenge

The nation's highest court has agreed to review a federal law that shields the Michigan tribe's casino from litigation.

Posted: May 2, 2017

Supreme Court brings bad news to tribes by taking up land case

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians has been hoping to leave the legal drama behind but the nation's highest court won't let that happen.

Posted: May 1, 2017

Supreme Court relists petition in Gun Lake Tribe gaming land case

A non-Indian man who lives three miles from the tribe's casino in Michigan is trying to keep his long-running lawsuit alive.

Posted: April 25, 2017

Supreme Court takes no action on long-running tribal land case

The Trump administration and Indian Country will have to wait a little longer to learn the status of the Patchak petition.

Posted: April 24, 2017

Ute Tribe confronts new obstacle to proposed casino in Colorado

Racism and Ryan Zinke -- two hurdles the tribe must overcome in order to move forward with the project.

Posted: April 18, 2017

Agua Caliente Band announces plans for another gaming facility

An amendment to the tribe's Class III gaming compact authorizes up to four more casinos in southern California.

Posted: April 18, 2017

Trump administration erects new hurdle for off-reservation casinos

After just a month in office, the new leader of the Department of the Interior has made it harder for tribes to open off-reservation casinos.

Posted: April 13, 2017

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe praises development in casino dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court's good news continues to spread across Indian Country.

Posted: April 3, 2017

Pinoleville Pomo Nation buys site of long-delayed casino project

The 8.8-acre property in Ukiah, California, was put on the market last year.

Posted: March 23, 2017

Supreme Court considers petition in casino land-into-trust dispute

The Cowlitz Tribe will debut a long-awaited casino in April unless non-Indian opponents convince the court to take up the case.

Posted: March 20, 2017

Trump administration given more time for appeal in tribal gaming case

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe was forced to stop work on a $1 billion gaming facility in Massachusetts by an ongoing lawsuit.

Posted: March 17, 2017

Trump administration backs Cowlitz Tribe in Supreme Court brief

The filing comes as the Washington tribe prepares to open a $400 million casino in a matter of weeks.

Posted: March 7, 2017

Wilton Rancheria joins lawsuit as foes challenge casino decision

Opponents are hoping to trip up the Bureau of Indian Affairs even though the gaming site in California has been placed in trust.

Posted: March 2, 2017

Soboba Band breaks ground on expanded casino at new location

Plans call for a 200-room hotel, 2,000 slot machines, 24 table games, a spa/fitness center, a 15,000 square-foot event space, six food outlets and a pool and sports bar.

Posted: February 28, 2017

United Keetoowah Band interested in pursuing casino in Georgia

'We can’t come back as fast as Georgia kicked us out,' the tribe's executive director said.

Posted: February 22, 2017

Bureau of Indian Affairs confirms Wilton Rancheria casino site in trust

The tribe must still negotiate a Class III gaming compact with the state of California.

Posted: February 21, 2017

Wilton Rancheria seeks to join lawsuit as gaming site is put in trust

The California tribe is celebrating a major milestone after going without land for nearly 60 years.

Posted: February 20, 2017

Timbisha Shoshone Tribe wants land swap for off-reservation casino

The California tribe appears to the beneficiary of yet another last-minute Obama administration action.

Posted: February 3, 2017

Trump team gets more time for brief in Supreme Court tribal casino case

The new president once tried to partner with the Cowlitz Tribe for a casino that's now before the nation's highest court.

Posted: January 31, 2017

Ute Tribe sees local support for off-reservation casino in Colorado

High-level political opposition has prompted the tribe to come up with an alternative plan for a casino near the town of Dinosaur.

Posted: January 27, 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

Sault Tribe claims win on long-delayed off-reservation casino bid

On the last full day of the Obama administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs opened the door for approval of the project.

Posted: January 26, 2017

Redding Rancheria 'excited' about plan to move casino to new site

A scoping meeting -- the first step in a what is expected to be a long process -- takes place December 21.

Posted: December 7, 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

Pokagon Band secures historic approval to restore homeland in Indiana

The tribe is making history with approval of the first land-into-trust application in Indiana.

Posted: November 23, 2016

Bay Mills Indian Community plans to reopen controversial casino

More than two years after winning a major decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Michigan tribe appears to reviving the project.

Posted: November 21, 2016

Chickasaw Nation submits casino bid amid change in administration

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will be seeing a new leader following the inauguration of a new president in January 2017.

Posted: November 7, 2016

Chickasaw Nation announces casino at popular Oklahoma lake

The tribe is submitting a land-into-trust application for the site at Lake Texoma.

Posted: October 28, 2016

Wilton Rancheria continues to make progress on casino project

The tribe is pursuing a $400 million development in Elk Grove, California.

Posted: October 20, 2016

Tejon Tribe seeks headquarters as casino project sits in limbo

The Bureau of Indian Affairs missed an anticipated deadline on the California tribe's proposed gaming facility.

Posted: October 17, 2016

Prairie Island Indian Community dispels 'racist' casino rumors

The Minnesota tribe has filed a land-into-trust application for housing and non-gaming developments.

Posted: October 17, 2016


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