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Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe told to seek local permits to build casino

Despite winning a landmark sovereignty case, the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is being forced to seek local approval to construct a building that will house a Class II gaming facility.

Posted: June 20, 2019


Seneca Nation challenges $256 million gaming award after appeal to Trump falters

After sharing $1.4 billion in gaming revenues with the state of New York, the Seneca Nation is saying no more.

Posted: June 10, 2019


Muscogee (Creek) Nation renews lawsuit over desecration of burial ground

A completed casino expansion on Creek territory in Alabama continues to generate friction between two tribes.

Posted: June 5, 2019


'You were right and I was wrong': Judge concedes to Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe was back in court to defend its sovereignty amid opposition to a long-delayed gaming facility.

Posted: May 31, 2019


Comanche Nation 'disappointed' with end to dispute over rival tribal casino

The Comanche Nation has hit the end of the road with its challenge to another tribe's casino.

Posted: May 30, 2019


Timbisha Shoshone Tribe sues Trump administration over stalled casino

Is a prominent Republican lawmaker from California holding back the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe?

Posted: May 29, 2019


Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe pushes back opening date of long-awaited casino

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is heading back to court to defend its sovereignty.

Posted: May 29, 2019


Open Secrets: Lobbyists rely on Trump administration to block tribal projects

Non-Indian interests have hired lobbyists close to President Donald Trump in hopes of derailing tribes. The strategy appears to be working.

Posted: May 23, 2019


Mayor: Ponca Tribe brings hope to the local community with casino

The Prairie Flower Casino represents much-needed economic development on a plot of land that was previously sitting vacant.

Posted: May 21, 2019


Pauma Band hits end of the line with labor sovereignty case

It wasn't all good news from the U.S. Supreme Court as the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians was turned away in a closely-watched labor sovereignty case.

Posted: May 20, 2019


Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe back in court to defend gaming rights

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is being forced to defend its sovereignty again.

Posted: May 6, 2019


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes movement on bill to protect homelands

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is seeing progress on a bill to protect its reservation from being taken out of trust.

Posted: May 2, 2019


Ponca Tribe scores another decision in favor of gaming rights

The Ponca Tribe can engage in gaming on its trust land in Iowa, federal regulators ruled for a third time in the long-running saga.

Posted: May 2, 2019


Settlement reached in sovereign immunity case that went to Supreme Court

A non-Indian couple who were involved in an accident with a tribal casino employee are receiving $110,000.

Posted: May 1, 2019


Stockbridge-Munsee Community loses ruling over rival casino project

The Stockbridge-Munsee Community has once again lost a challenge to a Ho-Chunk Nation casino expansion project.

Posted: May 1, 2019


Supreme Court won't hear dispute over slip and fall at Navajo Nation casino

The Navajo Nation has prevailed in a lawsuit that tested its sovereign immunity.

Posted: April 23, 2019


New Interior leader had 'absolutely nothing to do with' stalled tribal casino

David Bernhardt gets credit for doing a lot at the Department of the Interior. Except when it might get him into trouble.

Posted: April 17, 2019


Quinault Nation accuses software company of illegal 'skins gambling'

A popular video game is at the center of a lawsuit filed by the Quinault Nation.

Posted: April 15, 2019


Comanche Nation asks Supreme Court to hear dispute over rival tribe's casino

The Comanche Nation is trying to keep a dispute over a new Chickasaw Nation casino alive in the court system.

Posted: April 8, 2019


Tribes win decision over millions of dollars in revenues demanded by New Mexico

A federal judge has sided with six tribes in a dispute over more than $60 million in gaming revenues in New Mexico.

Posted: April 2, 2019


Ponca Tribe remains confident after judge's ruling affecting new casino

A new court decision doesn't undermine the Ponca Tribe's sovereignty or its gaming rights, Chairman Larry Wright Jr said.

Posted: March 29, 2019


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits action on bill to keep reservation in trust

A bill to protect the homelands of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues to generate controversy on Capitol Hill.

Posted: March 28, 2019


Ponca Tribe sees setback with federal judge's decision on new casino

As the descendants of Ponca Chief Standing Bear recover from disastrous flooding, a federal judge has cast doubt on their new gaming facility.

Posted: March 27, 2019


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes movement on bill to keep reservation in trust

The federal government hasn't taken a tribe's trust land out of trust since the termination era but it could happen in the Trump administration.

Posted: March 19, 2019


Frank's Landing Indian Community loses decision in sovereignty case

The Frank's Landing Indian Community cannot engage in gaming on its homelands in Washington state, according to a federal appeals court.

Posted: March 13, 2019


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe no longer being financed by backer of stalled casino

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues to see setbacks as it battles the Trump administration in court.

Posted: March 4, 2019


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces new obstacle in bid to protect homelands

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is facing a familiar foe as it seeks to prevent its reservation from being taken out of trust by the Trump administration.

Posted: February 18, 2019


'Significant political pressure': Former Secretary Zinke under scrutiny in tribal lawsuit

Ryan Zinke has left the Trump administration but his Indian Country legal troubles are far from over.

Posted: February 15, 2019


Chicken Ranch Rancheria undertakes casino expansion with eye toward future growth

The Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians is making plans to grow the tribal economy.

Posted: February 4, 2019


'Tribal Winds': Long-delayed gaming project back on the agenda in Connecticut

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are renewing efforts to open a casino that has been stalled by the Trump administration.

Posted: January 28, 2019


Wilton Rancheria scores another win in long-running fight over homelands

Opponents of the Wilton Rancheria are on the losing end of yet another ruling in federal court.

Posted: January 25, 2019


Ponca Tribe continues to see strong business at long-awaited casino

Litigation isn't stopping the Ponca Tribe from welcoming customers to its casino in Iowa.

Posted: January 11, 2019


Democrats opposed bill to protect homelands of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Democrats from Rhode Island are making it clear that they do not #StandWithMashpee or with a tribe in their own backyard.

Posted: January 11, 2019


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes introduction of homelands legislation

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is in danger of seeing its homelands taken out of trust for the first time since the termination era.

Posted: January 9, 2019


Cowlitz Tribe told to turn over video of alleged attack at casino

Video of an alleged attack at the Cowlitz Tribe's casino in Washington has been ordered to be released.

Posted: January 8, 2019


Tribes see decline in revenues as new casino remains in limbo

When it comes to gaming, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe didn't have such a great 2018.

Posted: January 7, 2019


Comanche Nation loses bid to derail rival tribe's casino

The Comanche Nation has been turned away by yet another federal court as another tribe's gaming empire continues to grow.

Posted: December 17, 2018


Tribes welcome bill to advance casino stalled by Trump administration

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are tired of waiting on the Trump administration.

Posted: December 13, 2018


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe warns of losses due to stalled casino

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is facing a bleak winter thanks to the Trump administration.

Posted: December 10, 2018


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still working with backer of derailed casino

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe isn't the only one reeling from the Trump administration's termination-era decisions.

Posted: December 4, 2018


Forest County Potawatomi Tribe updates gaming agreement

The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe is once again trying to protect its gaming facility in a lucrative urban market.

Posted: November 27, 2018


Pueblo of Pojoaque still fighting for $10.1 million in seized revenues

The Pueblo of Pojoaque has lost millions of dollars for attempting to defend its gaming rights in New Mexico.

Posted: November 19, 2018


Tribes see another decline in slot machine revenues in Connecticut

The two tribal casinos in Connecticut each reported a 10 percent decline in slot machine revenues, a sign of growing competition in New England.

Posted: November 15, 2018


Cowlitz Tribe sues to block release of video of alleged attack

The Cowlitz Tribe doesn't want video of an alleged attack at its casino being made public.

Posted: November 13, 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


A symbol of sovereignty: Ponca Tribe comes full circle with Prairie Flower

The descendants of Chief Standing Bear are celebrating the debut of a long-awaited casino on their homelands.

Posted: November 1, 2018


'At this point, we're suing': Tribes upset with handling of non-Indian gaming facilities

Tribes are threatening to sue the state of California for failing to crack down on non-Indian card rooms.

Posted: October 29, 2018


Ponca Tribe sets November 1 opening for long-awaited casino

History has come full circle for the descendants of Ponca Chief Standing Bear.

Posted: October 29, 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


Poarch Band of Creek Indians defends sovereignty in immunity case

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is asking the nation's highest court to correct a sovereign immunity decision.

Posted: October 10, 2018


Leaders of Pinoleville Pomo Nation can be sued for alleged fraud

A gaming developer claims it invested nearly $5.4 million in a casino that never got off the ground.

Posted: October 8, 2018


Muscogee (Creek) Nation moves foward with charges in criminal case

A dispute over gaming on Indian allotments in Oklahoma has spawned a messy mix of litigation in tribal and federal court.

Posted: October 3, 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


Stockbridge-Munsee Band takes gaming dispute to appeals court

The Stockbridge-Munsee Community is trying to revive an inter-tribal gaming dispute in Wisconsin after losing a major decision in court.

Posted: September 27, 2018


Ponca Tribe inches closer to opening of long-awaited casino

Anticipation is building as the Ponca Tribe prepares to open the Prairie Flower Casino in Iowa.

Posted: September 18, 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


Trump administration supports sovereignty for tribes in Texas

Two tribes whose casinos are being threatened with closure are getting a big assist from Washington.

Posted: September 14, 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


Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe solidifying plans for long-awaited casino

With the Chickasaw Nation as a partner, the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is looking at a $12 million investment in its first casino.

Posted: September 10, 2018


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces opposition to homelands legislation

Politicians from Rhode Island are lining up against the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.

Posted: September 5, 2018


Ponca Tribe begins hiring employees for long-awaited casino

The Ponca Tribe will be hiring about 100 employees to work at the Prairie Flower Casino in Iowa.

Posted: September 5, 2018


Ponca Tribe honors 'sacrifices our people made' with gaming project

The Prairie Flower Casino is named in honor of a daughter of Ponca Chief Standing Bear.

Posted: August 27, 2018


Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe lands big partner for gaming project

Though plans remain in development, the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is serious about Indian gaming.

Posted: August 22, 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


'It's monumental for me': Mechoopda Tribe wins local support for casino

After nearly two decades of battles, the Mechoopda Tribe has finally won local support for its long-delayed casino in California.

Posted: August 15, 2018


Santa Ysabel Band loses decision in online bingo betting dispute

The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel has hit a dead end with its short-lived online gaming business.

Posted: August 13, 2018


Mechoopda Tribe makes progress on long-delayed gaming project

The Mechoopda Tribe has signed a Class III gaming compact with the state of California and could gain some unexpected support for the agreement.

Posted: August 13, 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


President Trump's nominee loves beating tribal interests in court

An attorney who has defeated tribes in a slew of precedent-setting cases could see his influence spread across Indian Country.

Posted: August 9, 2018


Navajo Nation scores victory in dispute over slip and fall at casino

A couple suing the Navajo Nation will have to go to tribal court to address a slip and fall incident at a casino on the reservation.

Posted: July 24, 2018


Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe still working on casino after court victory

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe hasn't opened a casino this summer as planned but gaming is still on the agenda.

Posted: July 20, 2018


Ponca Tribe negotiates casino agreement as construction and litigation continues

The Ponca Tribe is being welcomed by the host of its casino but other neighbors are resorting to litigation.

Posted: July 19, 2018


Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe secures victory over state in tax dispute

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe has once again emerged victorious in a taxation dispute in South Dakota.

Posted: July 17, 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


'Justice has finally prevailed': Shingle Springs Band vindicated in gaming case

It took a decade but the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians is welcoming the end of a long-running lawsuit.

Posted: June 28, 2018


Shingle Springs Band prevails in long-running gaming contract dispute

A decade-old dispute between the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians and a former gaming partner is finally over.

Posted: June 25, 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


Ponca Tribe marches toward sovereignty with long-awaited gaming project

Chief Standing Bear’s people, who took the long walk home to Nebraska 139 years ago, are continuing their march toward sovereignty and self-sufficiency.

Posted: June 13, 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


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


Miccosukee Tribe 'disappointed' by ruling on taxation of gaming per caps

Citizens of the Miccosukee Tribe must pay taxes on their shares of gaming revenues, a federal appeals court ruled in a big ticket case.

Posted: June 5, 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


Gaming companies threatened for doing business with Pueblo of Pojoaque

When it comes to Indian gaming, the state of New Mexico has found that threats and strong arming pay off.

Posted: June 4, 2018


Choctaw Nation weighs options after being held liable for deaths of casino patrons

The Choctaw Nation might be taking a casino bus accident case to a higher court in Texas after losing a major ruling.

Posted: June 4, 2018


Ponca Tribe faces familiar opponent in long-running quest for casino

The state of Nebraska is still trying to stop the Ponca Tribe from opening a casino on trust land in Iowa.

Posted: May 31, 2018


Choctaw Nation loses big as state court upholds $9.3 million judgment

The Choctaw Nation is responsible for an accident that claimed the lives of two casino patrons, an appeals court in Texas ruled.

Posted: May 31, 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


Tribes seek a seat at table as states look into sports betting

With a landmark Supreme Court decision on the books, tribes from California to Connecticut want to be at the table when it comes to sports betting.

Posted: May 21, 2018


Oneida Nation already lining up sports betting after Supreme Court ruling

Well that was fast. The Oneida Nation plans to offer sports betting in the 'near future' on its homelands in New York.

Posted: May 15, 2018


Supreme Court opens the door for sports betting for states and for tribes

It's time to prepare for a new era as tribes and states enter the sports betting industry.

Posted: May 14, 2018


Cabazon Band pays tribute to the late John James, 'Father of Native American Gaming'

John James, a former chairman of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and a driving force in the Indian gaming industry, passed away on April 21. He was 87.

Posted: May 14, 2018


Tribes and sovereignty still don't mix when it comes to labor laws

Efforts by Indian Country to assert sovereignty over labor laws are failing in the courts, not just in the halls of Congress.

Posted: May 4, 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


Cronkite News: Supreme Court decision could open doors to legalized sports betting

At the end of a bar sits a man with a distinct 5 o’clock shadow. He is glued to a TV showing a meaningless NBA game featuring the Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Hornets.

Posted: May 2, 2018


Tribes with casinos just a couple of miles apart step up their food game

The Kalispel Tribe and the Spokane Tribe are competing for gamblers' dollars and their taste buds too.

Posted: April 26, 2018


Lawmakers from Connecticut prompted probe into handling of tribal agreements

Will the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe finally get some answers from the Trump administration?

Posted: April 25, 2018


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces local questions about homelands bill

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is seeing support in the nation's capital for a bill to protect its homelands but the situation looks a little different back home.

Posted: April 24, 2018


Tribes welcome probe into Trump administration's handling of gaming agreements

The Trump administration is facing yet another internal investigation, this one over gaming agreements for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe.

Posted: April 23, 2018


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