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Forest County Potawatomi Tribe to provide power for casino (12/08)

The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe plans to build a $18.5 million biogas plant next to its off-reservation casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The facility would process waste from the food industry. It would generate 2 megawatts...

Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake spending $29.7M on casino (12/08)

The Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake in California is spending $29.7 million on its casino, The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. The building for the 33,000-square-foot Running Creek Casino will cost $8.9 million. The fixtures, including 349...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe builds a water facility to serve casino (11/30)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan is building its own water and wastewater treatment facility that will serve one its casinos. Construction began in July. The plant is expected to open in late 2012. The...

Plan to expand Cherokee Nation casino put in holding pattern (11/30)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is still debating a casino expansion plan, a spokesperson said. During the administration of former chief Chad Smith, the tribe planned a new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah on a 17-acre...

Chippewa Cree Tribe still working on bringing hotel to casino (11/29)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana is still hoping to add a hotel to the Northern Winz Casino. Earlier this year, the tribe announced plans for an $11 million, 80-room hotel. But obtaining financing has...

Seminole Tribe plans a $465M Hard Rock casino in Atlantic City (11/17)

Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, outlined plans for a $465 million casino on the Atlantic City boardwalk. The facility will include a casino, a hotel with about 200 rooms and...

Ak-Chin Indian Community starts working on center by casino (11/16)

The Ak-Chin Indian Community of Arizona is adding more entertainment options to its casino. The tribe broke ground on Ak-Chin Family Entertainment Complex. The 162,000-square-foot center will be located next to the Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino...

Pokagon Band brings a Hard Rock cafe to casino expansion (11/15)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in Michigan will add a Hard Rock Cafe to its original casino. The tribe is undertaking an expansion of the Four Winds Casino. The 12,000-square-foot Hard Rock Cafe is...

Pascua Yaqui Tribe opens doors to $130M casino expansion (11/14)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona welcomed visitors to the $130 million expansion of its casino on Friday. The new Casino del Sol features an 18,000 square-foot convention center, two restaurants, a spa and a...

Blog: Touring the new hotel tower at Cherokee Nation casino (11/11)

"Within three weeks of its February roof collapse, Cherokee Nation Enterprises had already turned its attention to building a third tower at its flagship Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Last week Flintco started construction on...

Warm Springs Tribes expect more revenue with casino move (11/11)

The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon expect to see a big boost in visitors and revenue with the relocation of its casino. The Indian Head Casino is just off a major...

APM: New Pascua Yaqui Tribe casino a boost to the economy (11/11)

"Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center will officially open its doors on Friday, November 11th. Wendell Long, CEO of Sol Casinos, says the resort is a 215-room entertainment “destination” that features more than...

Mississippi Choctaws reach deal to restructure gaming debt (11/10)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has reached a deal to restructure its gaming debt. An $80.8 million loan that was due this month has been extended, Chief Phyliss J. Anderson announced. The new...

Warm Springs Tribes expect to open new casino in January (11/10)

The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon will open a new casino by the end of January 2012. The Indian Head Casino is located close to a major highway. It replaces...

Cherokee Nation breaks ground on $52M gaming expansion (11/09)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma broke ground on a $52 million expansion project at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa. The tribe is adding a third tower to the facility. The 10-story structure...

Navajo Nation ready to open new gaming facility in January (11/07)

The Navajo Nation will open its third gaming facility on January 16, 2012. The Northern Edge Navajo Casino is located on Upper Fruitland, New Mexico. The tribe spent $60 million on the 86,000-square-foot facility...

Nottawaseppi Huron Band set to open casino hotel in 2012 (11/03)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi in Michigan plans to open a hotel at its casino by late 2012. The tribe is adding a hotel and multi-purpose event center to the FireKeepers Casino....

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe starts work for $74M casino project (11/03)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York broke ground on a $74 million casino expansion. The tribe will move the Mohawk Bingo Palace to the site of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino. The new...

Column: Casino expansion must address Seminole compact (11/03)

"In the past month, we've had a bill filed to bring three Vegas-style casino resorts to Broward and Miami-Dade counties, a Miami slots "racino" get tentative approval to move a spinoff license to another location,...

Pascua Yaqui Tribe ready to debut $130M casino expansion (11/02)

The date is quickly approaching -- the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona will debut a $130 million casino expansion on November 11, 2011. The tribe broke ground on the new Casino del Sol in February...

Blog: Pokagon Band's second, smaller casino worth a trip (10/27)

"Sunday marks the two-month anniversary for the grand opening of the latest casino to our gaming landscape of Lake Michigan. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians opened their new casino, Four Winds Hartford, at...

Pokagon Band reports an increase in slot machine revenue (10/25)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians saw an increase in slot machine revenues in the last fiscal year, The South Bend Tribune reports. The tribe shared more than $6.25 million with local governments between August...

Seminole Tribe holds job fair for 800 new casino positions (10/20)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is holding a job fair to hire 800 more people at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. The job fair takes place on November 2. The tribe hopes to have...

Omaha Tribe preparing damage estimate for closed casino (10/19)

The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska is facing millions of dollars in damages at its casino and gas station due to flooding from the Missouri River. CasinOmaha, which is located on trust land in Iowa, has...

Quapaw Tribe expands tri-state gaming facility into Missouri (10/18)

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma is undertaking another expansion of its casino. The Downstream Casino Resort is located in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. The latest project brings an RV park, a 24-hour gas station, a...

Travel: Umatilla Tribes almost done with $45M casino upgrade (10/17)

"The expanded Wildhorse Resort & Casino outside Pendleton is nearing full operation, after a soft opening in September and formal dedication of the Tower Hotel last week. The last piece of the puzzle comes in...

Santee Sioux Tribe holds groundbreaking for new $20M casino (10/14)

The Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska broke ground on a new $20 million casino on Thursday. The 25,000-square-foot facility will replace the existing Ohiya Casino. It will feature a 47-room lodge with two luxury...

Santee Sioux Tribe to break ground on $20M casino this week (10/11)

The Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska will break ground on a $20 million casino on Thursday. The facility will replace the existing Ohiya Casino. It will feature an entertainment center, a 49-room hotel, and an...

Seminole Tribe set to open $150M casino expansion in January (10/06)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is on track to open a $150 million expansion of the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek in January 2012. The new facility will offer 120,000 square-feet of gaming space, up...

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes weather economic storm at casinos (10/05)

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho say the recession hasn't affected their gaming business. The tribe opened Sage Hill Travel Center and Casino in February 2009, just a few months after the market crashed. Despite...

Cherokee Nation still working on plans for new gaming facility (10/04)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is still working on plans for a new casino in Tahlequah. The tribe plans to build the new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah on a 17-acre site that was placed in...

Native Sun News: Tribes expand options with gaming facilities (10/03)

The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy. All content © Native Sun News. Members of the RST Gaming Commission present Trent Poignee, Turtle Creek Crossing Supermarket manager, with the casino addition’s facility...

Ho-Chunk Nation debuts recreational vehicle park for casino (10/03)

The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin opened a luxury recreational vehicle park at one of its gaming facilities. The Ho-Chunk Hoiusa Cinuk RV Park at the Ho-Chunk Casino offers space for 49 RVs. Amenities include wireless...

Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe hosts open house for casino plans (09/30)

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe of Washington hosted an open house on Wednesday to explain its casino expansion plans. The new Point Casino will be 52,000 square-feet, replacing a 20,000 square-foot structure. It will...

Nottawaseppi Huron Band on track for opening of hotel at casino (09/28)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians in Michigan is on track to open a hotel at the FireKeepers Casino in fall 2012. The tribe broke ground in May. The eight-story hotel will include 242...

Red Cliff Band welcomes public to new $23.5M gaming facility (09/26)

The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin recently opened a new gaming facility. The $23.5 million Legendary Waters Resort & Casino is a major upgrade from the tribe's old facility....

Mississippi Choctaw casino generates $37.1M in a few months (09/23)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians says its new gaming facility generated revenues of $37.1 million in just six months. The Bok Homa Casino opened in December 2010. It's projected to generate $55.2 million during...

Eastern Cherokees on a hiring streak with $633M casino project (09/22)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina has hired 500 new employees at its casino and expects to bring on another 300 people in the next year. “We are one of the few...

Pascua Yaqui Tribe brings new food options to expanded casino (09/22)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona is adding some new food options to the Casino del Sol. P.Y. Steakhouse will open on November 11, when the tribe debuts a $100 million expansion of the facility....

Forest County Potawatomi Community looking at hotel at casino (09/21)

The Forest County Potawatomi Community is looking at building a hotel at its casino in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The tribe hasn't committed to a plan. But sources told Real Estate Weekly that requests for...

Cherokee Nation working on expansion of three gaming facilities (09/21)

Gaming is a booming business for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. The tribe is expanding three of its gaming facilities. Construction at the Cherokee Casino in Fort Gibson has already started, bringing it to 27,500...

Pascua Yaqui Tribe to open $100M casino expansion on 11-11 (09/15)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona will debut a $100 million casino expansion on November 11. Construction on the new Casino del Sol began 18 months ago. The tribe added an 18,000 square-foot convention...

Viejas Band celebrates 20th birthday of casino with free lunch (09/14)

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians in California celebrated the 20th anniversary of its casino on Tuesday. The Viejas Casino opened on September 13, 1991. The tribe served lunch to about 5,000 as a way...

Big Valley Rancheria considers opening small gaming facility (09/13)

The Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians in California might open a small casino at a property that just went into escrow. The tribe's offer on the Ferndale Resort and Marina was recently accepted. If...

Quechan Nation announces renovation plan at gaming facility (09/09)

The Quechan Nation is planning a major renovation of its gaming facility in Arizona. The tribe is upgrading the interior of the Paradise Casino. There will be new slot machines, chairs, carpet and fresh paint,...

Navajo Nation scales back plans for gaming facility in Arizona (09/08)

The Navajo Nation has scaled back plans for a major gaming facility in Arizona. The Twin Arrows Casino and Resort near Flagstaff will cost $140 million. That's down from the $160 million that was originally...

Winnebago Tribe back to normal as road to casino is reopened (09/02)

The casino business is back to normal for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. The tribe closed the WinnaVegas Casino on June 10 when flooding from the Missouri River washed out the only road to the...

Seminole Tribe plans to hire 430 employees for bigger casino (09/01)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida plans to hire 430 people as part of a $75 million expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa. The tribe will start the hiring process early...

Supreme Court asked to hear Gun Lake Tribe casino site case (09/01)

The Obama administration and the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a casino site case. The tribe opened the...

Column: Pokagon Band hits jackpot with new gaming facility (08/31)

"Tuesday marked the grand opening of the latest casino to the gaming landscape of Lake Michigan. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians opened a new casino, Four Winds Hartford, at 68600 Red Arrow Highway...

Seminole Tribe to unveil plans for $75M expansion at casino (08/31)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida will unveil plans for a $75 million expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa. The tribe plans will expand the gaming floor to 220,000 square-feet, The...

Winnebago Tribe expects road to casino to reopen after flood (08/30)

The road to the casino owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska should be open by Wednesday. The tribe shut down the WinnaVegas Casino in June due to flooding along the Missouri River. It reopened...

Newest Mississippi Choctaw gaming facility wasn't 'paid in full' (08/29)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians racked up $10 million in debut to build its newest gaming facility, The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports. The tribe spent $18 million on the Bok Homa Casino. In May, Chief...

Pokagon Band ready to debut new gaming facility on Tuesday (08/29)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians will open its new gaming facility tomorrow. The Four Winds Hartford is the tribe's second gaming facility in Michigan. It will feature 500 slot machines, nine table games, a...

Developer files application for Hard Rock casino in Atlantic City (08/23)

Only one developer met a deadline to open a "boutique" casino in Atlantic City. AC Gateway submitted an application to the New Jersey Casino Control Commission on Friday. The developer will hire Hard Rock International,...

Kickapoo Tribe in Texas spending big with $90M casino expansion (08/22)

The Kickapoo Tribe of Texas is undertaking a $90 million expansion of its Class II gaming facility. The tribe is expanding the gaming floor and adding a 250-room hotel to the Lucky Eagle Casino in...

Mohegan Tribe planning to build new hotel at Connecticut casino (08/16)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut plans to build a new hotel at its casino in Connecticut. The tribe expects to finalize a development agreement for the hotel later this year or early next year, Mohegan...

Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe breaks ground on new casino building (08/16)

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe of Washington broke ground on a new building for its casino. The 52,000-square-foot structure will house the Point Casino. The old 20,000-square-foot building will be used for other purposes....

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe cites increase in gaming revenues (08/11)

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota says gaming revenues are up 15 percent from a year ago. "We're very happy here," Royal River Casino general manager Steve Christensen told The Sioux Falls Argus...

Gun Lake Tribe wants Supreme Court to hear gaming site dispute (08/11)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case that affects its casino. The tribe opened the Gun Lake...

Seneca Nation back on track with expansion of hotel at casino (08/09)

The Seneca Nation of New York plans to spend $53 million to expand the hotel at one of its casinos. The tribe will add about 200 rooms to the Seneca Allegany Casino. That just about...

New facility opens just down road from St. Regis Mohawk casino (08/08)

A new gaming facility opened just six miles from the casino owned by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York. The Three Feathers Casino offers about 500 video lottery terminals. It's not licensed by...

Editorial: Apply state law to Port Gamble S'Klallam casino plans (08/08)

"Commendably, the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe plans to use low-impact development techniques and an environmentally friendly, energy-efficient building design in its new, 52,000-square-foot casino. But at the same time, they have not provided assurances...

Absentee Shawnee Tribe to open new gaming facility next week (08/05)

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma is opening a new casino next Thursday, August 11. The Thunderbird Casino: Shawnee will feature 250 slot machines, a dining area and lounge area. The facility is a smaller...

Seminole Tribe plans major expansion of Tampa gaming facility (08/05)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is planning a major expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa. The tribe plans to add 32,000 square-feet to the gaming floor, The Tampa Tribune reports....

Nottawaseppi Huron Band to celebrate 2nd birthday of casino (08/04)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi in Michigan will celebrate the second anniversary of the FireKeepers Casino. The casino opened on August 5, 2009. Since then, the tribe has shared $21 million with the...

Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake to start work on casino in fall (08/03)

The Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake in California will start work on a casino in September, Chairwoman Sherry Treppa said. Construction on the tent-like Running Creek Casino is expected to finish in early 2012. “We’re...

Seminole Tribe due to finish work on $100M expansion at casino (08/02)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is due to finish a $100 million expansion at one of its casinos in the next six months. The tribe is doubling the size of the gaming floor, expanding the...

Turtle Mountain Band breaks ground on $30M casino expansion (08/02)

The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota broke ground on a $30 million casino expansion project. The Skydancer Hotel and Casino opened in 1995 in a metal structure. Tribal leaders say...

Poarch Creeks to debut gaming facility in Florida this December (08/01)

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama plan to open a $12 million gaming facility in Florida this December. The facility will feature horse races and poker. It's the tribe's second gaming venture in...

Winnebago Tribe is back in business with duck boats at casino (07/29)

Gamblers lined up on Thursday as the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska reopened its casino in Iowa. The patrons were eager to try a duck boat ride to the WinnaVegas Casino. The tribe bought two amphibious...

KCAU-TV: Meet the duck boats for the Winnebago Tribe's casino (07/28)

Get the Story: Video: Meet the WinnaVegas duck boat (KCAU-TV 7/27) Some Opinions: LETTER: Brent Hoffman is 'ridiculous' (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 7/28) Brent Hoffman: All aboard the 'Duck' for the trip to...

Cherokee Nation expects to finish expanded casinos in fall 2012 (07/27)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has started work on two casino expansion projects. The tribe broke ground on a new Cherokee Casino in Fort Gibson. The facility will be nearly double the size of the...

Winnebago Tribe prepares to reopen casino with duck boat rides (07/27)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska will reopen its casino in Iowa tomorrow with the help of two amphibious duck boats. The boats will take their first ride to the WinnaVegas Casino at 10am tomorrow...

Pokagon Band set to open second gaming facility on August 30 (07/25)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians will open a new gaming facility on August 30. The Four Winds Hartford is the tribe's second gaming facility in Michigan. It will feature 500 slot machines, nine table...

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe condemns 'unlicensed' gaming facilities (07/22)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York is warning people not to patronize "unlicensed" gaming facilities, one of which just opened up on the reservation. The Kanienkehaka Kaianerehkowa Kanonhsesne, or the Men’s Council of...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe looking for new CEO of casino after expansion (07/21)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho is looking for a chief executive for its casino. The tribe declined to renew the contract of CEO David LaSarte-Meeks. No reason was given but Chairman Chief J. Allan...

Radio Iowa: Winnebago Tribe expects to reopen casino next week (07/21)

"WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan is still surrounded by floodwaters of the Missouri River, but it will reopen with the help of some special vehicles. The Woodbury County Board of Supervisors approved a permit Tuesday to...

Winnebago Tribe to bring customers to casino with duck boat rides (07/20)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska will reopen its casino on July 27. The tribe is purchasing three duck boats to ferry people to and from the WinnaVegas Casino. A ride will cost $10 but...

Ak-Chin Indian Community welcomes guests to casino expansion (07/19)

The Ak-Chin Indian Community of Arizona welcomed visitors to its newly expanded casino hotel. The tribe spent $20 million to add 152 rooms to Harrah's Phoenix Ak-Chin. That brings the total number of rooms to...

Pascua Yaqui Tribe hosting another job fair for growing casino (07/14)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona is hosting its fourth job fair today. The tribe needs more people to work at the $80 million expansion of the Casino del Sol near Tucson. The facility is...

Winnebago Tribe eager to put people back to work at its casino (07/14)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is eager to put 350 people back to work at its casino in Iowa. The WinnaVegas Casino closed on June 10 due to flooding along the Missouri River. By renting...

Ak-Chin Indian Community to debut $20M expansion at casino (07/14)

The Ak-Chin Indian Community of Arizona is ready to unveil a $20 million expansion of its casino. The tribe added 152 rooms to Harrah's Phoenix Ak-Chin. That more than doubles the capacity of the hotel....

Winnebago Tribe develops new plan to bring patrons to casino (07/13)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has developed a unique plan to get employees and patrons to its shuttered casino. The WinnaVegas Casino closed on June 10 due to flooding along the Missouri River. That put...

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe to start work on $3M casino expansion (07/12)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York expects to break ground on a $3 million casino expansion later this month. The tribe is adding 37 rooms to the hotel at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino,...

Santee Sioux Tribe secures $20M Shakopee loan for new casino (07/12)

The Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska has received a loan of up to $20 million from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota. The money will be used to build a new Ohiya Casino and...

Mashantucket Tribe reflects on 25 years since bingo hall opened (07/08)

It's been 25 years since the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut got into the Indian gaming industry. The tribe opened the Mashantucket Pequot Indian High Stakes Bingo, a 35,000-square-foot facility with 50 employees, in...

Residents worried about Winnebago Tribe plan to reopen casino (07/06)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is seeing opposition to its plan to reopen the shuttered WinnaVegas Casino. The tribe closed the casino on June 10 due to flooding from Missouri River. Woodbury County in Iowa...

IPR: Appeals court won't reopen Bay Mills off-reservation casino (07/06)

"A three-judge federal appeals court panel is not convinced the Vanderbilt Casino is legal. It's not a final ruling on the legality of the Bay Mills Indian Community's operation. It does mean the casino, north...

Winnebago Tribe searching for ways to reopen shuttered casino (06/30)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is looking to reopen its casino in Iowa. The tribe was forced to shut down the WinnaVegas Casino due to rising water from the Missouri River. Woodbury County shut down...

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes to break ground on fifth casino (06/29)

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma will break ground on a new casino today. The casino is in Hammon, in western Oklahoma. It's near a major interstate and about 50 miles from the Texas...

Choctaw Nation reopens casino hotel tower after water leak (06/24)

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma reopened a hotel tower at one of its casinos after clearing up a water leak. The fire suppression system at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant malfunctioned on Sunday. The...

Ho-Chunk Nation hopes VIP wing at casino attracts 'big dogs' (06/24)

The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin debuted a new VIP hotel wing at one of its gaming facilities. The tribe hopes the 10 suites and VIP-only lounge will attract high rollers to the Ho-Chunk Casino and...

Hard Rock International seeks approval for Atlantic City casino (06/23)

Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, has requested approval to build a casino in Atlantic City. The "boutique" casino will be the first of its kind in New Jersey. Initial plans...

Sycuan Band expects to complete $27M casino upgrade in fall (06/22)

The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation is spending $27 million to upgrade its casino. Work at the Sycuan Casino started late last year, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The tribe expects to finish the...

Omaha Tribe also closes casino due to Missouri River flooding (06/14)

The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska has closed its casino in Iowa due to flooding from the Missouri River. The tribe just reopened CasinOmaha in December. It was shut down in June 30 amid financial difficulties....

Pascua Yaqui Tribe hosts another job fair for growing casino (06/14)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona is hosting another job fair on Wednesday. The tribe needs more people to work at the $80 million expansion of the Casino del Sol near Tucson. The facility is...

Winnebago Tribe shutters casino as rising waters approach (06/13)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has closed its casino in Iowa due to rising water levels in the Missouri River. The WinnaVegas Casino closed on Friday after Woodbury County shut down the only road to...

Travel: Eastern Cherokees up ante with expansion of casino (06/13)

"The Harrah's casino that began here as a glorified slots shack is today a full-service, year-round attraction where change is ongoing, especially these days. A five-year, $633 million expansion is nearing completion, with new projects...

Native Sun News: New casino puts pressure on South Dakota (06/10)

The following story was written and reported by Ernestine Chasing Hawk. All content © Native Sun News. LARCHWOOD, Iowa — With more than 900 slot machines, 24 table games and an eight table poker room,...

Navajo Nation gaming official against proposed smoking ban (06/10)

A proposed smoking ban will hurt business on the Navajo Nation, the tribe's top gaming executive said. President Ben Shelly wants to ban smoking at the tribe's two casinos and at two facilities under construction....

Seneca Nation seeks designs for a permanent Buffalo casino (06/10)

The Seneca Nation is seeking design and engineering services for a permanent off-reservation casino in Buffalo, New York. The tribe operates the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in a temporary building. President Robert Odawi Porter...

Agua Caliente Band to spend $2.1M on renovations at casino (06/09)

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians will spend $2.1 million to renovate its casino in Palm Springs, California. Work on the hotel at the Spa Resort Casino will start July 5. Rooms and corridors...

Mississippi Choctaws give $10K in revenues from new casino (06/08)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians donated $10,000 in gaming revenues from its new casino. The tribe opened the Bok Homa Casino last December. The facility is near Heidelberg, the town that received the donation....

Navajo Nation gives a preview of $75M casino in New Mexico (06/08)

The Navajo Nation offered officials in Farmington, New Mexico, a preview of the $75 million Northern Edge Navajo Casino. The 150,000 square-foot casino will feature 750 slot machines, gaming tables and three 24-hour restaurants. There's...

Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe plans to start casino expansion (06/07)

The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe of Washington expects to break ground on a $7.5 million expansion of the 7 Cedars Casino sometime this summer, Chairman Ron Allen said. The tribe is adding 5,000 square-feet to the...

Local officials surprised by Gun Lake Tribe revenue sharing (06/03)

Local governments in Michigan were expecting a share of gaming revenues from the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, but they were surprised by the amount of the check...

Winnebago Tribe taking precautions for flooding at casino (06/03)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is preparing for flooding at its casino in Iowa. The tribe is putting up a wall of dirt and sandbags to protect the WinnaVegas Casino. Water levels along the Missouri...

Gun Lake Tribe shares $2.5M in casino revenue in two months (06/02)

It looks like gaming is paying off big for the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe. The Gun Lake Casino opened in February. In just the first two months,...

Seneca Nation still confident on permanent Buffalo casino (06/01)

The Seneca Nation hopes to break ground on a permanent off-reservation casino in Buffalo next spring, President Robert Odawi Porter said. The tribe operates the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in a temporary building downtown. Plans...

Eastern Cherokees mark first phase of $650M casino plan (05/24)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina is spending $650 million to expand its casino. The tribe recently completed the first phase of the project. The Harrah's Cherokee Casino now has more hotel...

Mississippi Choctaws say new $18M casino showing a profit (05/23)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians say the new Bok Homa Casino is already turning a profit. The tribe spent $18 million on the casino, which opened last December. Miko Beasley Deason, the tribe's chief,...

Pascua Yaqui Tribe looks to hire more for casino expansion (05/20)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona is hosting a series of job fairs this summer. The tribe needs to hire more people to work at the $80 million expansion of the Casino del Sol near...

Shakopee Tribe to build temporary amphitheater at casino (05/17)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota will build temporary amphitheater at its casino this summer. The 8,357-seat Mystic Amphitheater at Mystic Lake Casino will host six or seven shows. If they prove to be...

Cherokee Nation spends $52M on hotel expansion at casino (05/11)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma announced plans for a $52 million hotel expansion at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. The expansion will occur in an area of the casino that collapsed during a...

Crow Tribe set to debut upgraded gaming facility this Friday (05/10)

The Little Bighorn Casino. Photo © Casey Riffe/Billings Gazette. The Crow Tribe of Montana plans to open the new Little Big Horn Casino on Friday. The facility replaces an older building that the National...

Warm Springs Tribes not giving up on off-reservation casino (05/04)

Leaders of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon haven't given up on plans for an off-reservation casino. In March, the Bureau of Indian Affairs deemed approved a compact for the casino. The...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe celebrates opening of casino expansion (05/03)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho celebrated the $75 million expansion of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel on Monday. The tribe added 98 rooms to the hotel bringing the total to 300. There's also...

Nottawaseppi Huron Band starts work on casino expansion (05/03)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians in Michigan broke ground on an expansion of the FireKeepers Casino. The tribe is adding a 242-room hotel, indoor pool, exercise facility, full service restaurant, business center...

Manchester Band opens casino with help from other tribes (05/02)

The Manchester Band of Pomo Indians in California has opened its first casino. The 10,000-square-foot Garcia River Casino features 200 slot machines. It opened April 16 with the help of two other tribes, whom Chairman...

Upper Sioux Community spends $13.5M to upgrade casino (04/29)

The Upper Sioux Community in Minnesota is spending $13.5 million to upgrade its casino. The first phase of the project is complete. Visitors to the Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort can stay at new smoke-free hotel...

Navajo Nation president can't ax smoking at tribal casinos (04/29)

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly can't ban smoking at the tribe's gaming facilities. Earlier this week, Shelly signed an executive order to make the tribe's casinos smoke-free. But the Navajo Nation Department of Justice said...

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes break ground for hotel at casino (04/28)

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho broke ground on a new hotel at the Fort Hall Casino. The tribe is spending $47 million for five-story hotel and events center. The facility is expected to debut by...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe hopes expansion keeps casino unique (04/28)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho doesn't want people to think of Vegas, or anywhere else for that matter, when they visit the newly expanded Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel. The tribe spent $85 million...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe sets casino grand opening for May 2 (04/27)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho will debut an $85 million expansion of its casino on May 2. The tribe added 98 hotel rooms, two restaurants, a fitness center, a spa and more gaming space...

Hotel director at Suquamish Tribe casino leaving position (04/26)

The hotel director for the Suquamish Tribe of Washington is moving on to another job in the Indian gaming industry. Sam Askew worked at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino for 5.5 years. He's now going to...

Umatilla Tribes open $45M casino expansion in September (04/22)

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation in Oregon will debut the $45 million expansion of the Wildhorse Resort & Casino on September 2. The tribe is adding slot machines to the gaming floor and...

Cherokee Nation repairs part of casino roof that collapsed (04/14)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has started repairs at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, where a roof collapsed in a winter storm in February. The roof collapsed over a 40,000 square-foot, stand-alone structure...

Pokagon Band announces earlier opening for gaming facility (04/13)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in Michigan will be opening its second gaming facility earlier than expected. Just last month, the tribe said the casino would open in October. But now that's been pushed...

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe asks members to consider gaming plan (04/06)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York is asking members to consider a $75 million expansion project. The tribe wants to move the Mohawk Bingo Palace to the site of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino....

Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake expects approval of compact (04/01)

The Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake of California expects the Bureau of Indian Affairs will approve its new Class III gaming compact. The tribe started work on the $28 million Running Creek Casino after...

Agua Caliente Band makes another round of lay-offs at casin (04/01)

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of California has made another round of lay-offs at one of its casinos. The tribe cut an unspecified number of employees at the Spa Resort Casino. This is...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe set for debut of latest casino expansion (03/30)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho is getting ready to unveil the latest expansion of its casino. The tribe spent $85 million to add 98 hotel rooms, more casino space, two restaurants and a spa...

Bay Mills Indian Community closes its off-reservation casino (03/30)

The Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan shut down its off-reservation casino on Tuesday after a federal judge said it was operating illegally. The tribe opened the casino in Vanderbilt last November. It drew immediate...

Winnebago Tribe, Omaha Tribe work to improve Iowa facilities (03/28)

The Winnebago Tribe and the Omaha Tribe are working to improve their gaming facilities in Iowa. The Winnebago Tribe recently completed a $3 million renovation of the WinnaVegas Casino, which opened 19 years ago. A...

Hannahville Community expands convention center at casino (03/25)

The Hannahville Indian Community of Michigan is completing an expansion of the convention center at its casino. The Island Convention Center at the Island Resort & Casino will boast 17,400 square-feet of space when finished....

Navajo Nation delegate worried about old bridge to new casino (03/23)

The Navajo Nation opened its second casino in Hogback, New Mexico, last October and early reports suggest the facility is doing well. But Navajo Nation Council Delegate LoRenzo Bates, who represents the area, is worried...

Gun Lake Tribe hires 200 more workers to meet casino demand (03/22)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, is hiring 200 additional employees at its casino in Michigan. The Gun Lake Casino has only been open a month. But business...

Navajo Nation breaks ground on first gaming facility in Arizona (03/22)

The Navajo Nation broke ground on its first gamin facility in Arizona. The $150 million Twin Arrows Casino and Resort will be located off a major interstate near Flagstaff. The facility is expected to open...

Pokagon Band on schedule to open second casino by October (03/21)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in Michigan is on track to open its second gaming facility by October 1. The facility is located near Hartford Township. That's about 50 miles from New Buffalo, where...

Yakama Nation plans to add 200 jobs with gaming expansion (03/18)

The Yakama Nation of Washington unveiled plans for a $90 million expansion of the Yakama Nation Legends Casino. The tribe will add 200-room hotel, 200-seat bingo hall, convention and banquet hall, parking garage, restaurant, meeting...

Mississippi Choctaws donate $50K, police cars to casino town (03/18)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians donated $50,000, two police cars and five handguns to the town of Sandersville, where the tribe's new casino is located. The town asked the tribe for assistance in dealing...

Tribes in Washington and Oregon plan major casino expansion (03/17)

The Yakama Nation of Washington and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon are planning to expand their casinos. The Yakama Nation plans to spend $90 million to upgrade the Yakama Nation...

Lawsuits challenge city approval of Seminole casino expansion (03/16)

An attorney has filed two lawsuits against the city of Coconut Creek, Florida, for approving a casino expansion for the Seminole Tribe. The tribe plans to add a retail center and parking garage to the...

Yakama Nation approves bid to spend $90M on casino expansion (03/10)

Members of the Yakama Nation of Washington approved a $90 million expansion of the tribe's casino. The tribe plans to add a 200-room hotel, a restaurant, a spa and swimming pool, a 5,400 square-foot banquet...

Rosebud Sioux Tribe plans casino renovation with Shakopee loan (03/10)

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is planning to spend $5.8 million to remodel its casino. The tribe will redo the gaming floor, kitchen, bar, restaurant area and exterior entrance at the Rosebud Casino,...

Rosebud Sioux Tribe to use Shakopee Tribe loan for casino work (03/08)

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has secured funding to make upgrades to its casino. The tribe will redo the entire gaming floor at the Rosebud Casino, Hotel, and Fuel Plaza. The tribe is...

Nottawaseppi Huron Band looks to compete with hotel at casino (03/02)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians in Michigan says the addition of a hotel to its casino will help the tribe stay competitive and draw more patrons. FireKeepers Casino opened in August 2009....

March 23 hearing set in Bay Mills off-reservation casino dispute (03/02)

A federal judge will hold a hearing on March 23 in the Bay Mills Indian Community off-reservation casino lawsuit. The tribe opened the casino last November. The facility is located on land that has not...

Nottawaseppi Huron Band announces expansion plan for casino (03/01)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians in Michigan announced an expansion of its casino. The tribe will add a 242-room hotel with an indoor pool, exercise facility, restaurant, and business center to the FireKeepers...

Umatilla Tribes expect to finish $45M casino expansion this fall (02/28)

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation in Oregon are spending $45 million to upgrade the Wildhorse Resort & Casino. The tribe is adding 24,000 square-feet to the gaming floor and 202 rooms to the hotel....

Navajo Nation hosts ground breaking for casino in New Mexico (02/28)

The Navajo Nation broke ground on a $66 million casino in New Mexico on Friday. The 85,000-square-foot Northern Edge Navajo Casino is located in Upper Fruitland, near Farmington. It's expected to open in January 2012....

Native Sun News: Santee Sioux Tribe marks 15 years of casino (02/25)

The following story was written and reported by Ernestine Chasing Hawk. All content © Native Sun News. Guests honored for “Standing with the Nation” were L to R: Saunie Kay Wilson, Rick Thomas, Karen Red...

Warm Springs Tribes wait for answer on off-reservation casino (02/25)

The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon hopes to receive an answer on its off-reservation casino later this spring. But even if the Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes the environmental impact statement,...

Fond du Lac Band buys building with eyes on casino expansion (02/23)

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians has purchased an old hotel in hopes of expanding its casino in downtown Duluth, Minnesota. Chairwoman Karen Diver said the tribe wants to improve the...

Gun Lake Tribe puts 700 people to work at first gaming facility (02/17)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, has hired 700 people to work at its new casino. The $157 million Gun Lake Casino opened to the public...

Gun Lake Tribe reports large crowds at opening of new facility (02/14)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, saw massive crowds for the opening weekend of its new casino. Turnout was so large that police had to shut...

Gun Lake Tribe welcomes large crowd with early casino opening (02/11)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, opened the doors to its casino ahead of schedule. The $157 million Gun Lake Casino was due to open at...

Warm Springs Tribes to relocate casino to a temporary location (02/11)

The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon will close an existing casino and open a temporary one in hopes of generating more revenue. The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Casino will be relocated to...

Gun Lake Tribe readies for grand opening of first casino on Friday (02/10)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, opens its first casino tomorrow. The $157 million Gun Lake Casino is a 76,000 square-foot facility with 1,400 slot machines,...

More than 1800 turn out for job fair at Coeur d'Alene Tribe's casino (02/04)

More than 1,800 people turned out for a job fair hosted by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho. The tribe is hiring 150 people for its newly expanded Coeur d'Alene Casino. The $85 million project...

Cherokee Nation closes part of casino after roof collapses in storm (02/02)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma closed part of one of its casinos after the roof collapsed during a winter storm on Tuesday. No one was injured at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Fewer...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe wrapping up work on $85M expansion at casino (02/01)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho is set to debut an $85 million expansion of its casino this spring. The tribe is adding 98 hotel rooms, a 15,000 square foot spa, and two restaurants to...

Gun Lake Tribe won't let litigation delay opening of gaming facility (01/27)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, won't let litigation stop the opening of its casino. The tribe announced a February 11 opening for the Gun Lake...

Coushatta Tribe starts work on $60M expansion project for casino (01/27)

The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana broke ground on a $60 million expansion of the Coushatta Casino Resort. The tribe is adding a seven-story hotel tower to the facility. The project will add 401 rooms to...

Land-into-trust issues cloud gaming plans for at least two tribes (01/25)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, will open its first casino on February 11 but land-into-trust issues could affect future gaming plans. The Bureau of Indian...

Gun Lake Tribe announces February 11 grand opening for casino (01/24)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, will open the Gun Lake Casino on February 11. The $157 million facility will include 1,450 slot machines, 28...

Mississippi Choctaw casino reports 55K visitors during first month (01/21)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians says visits to its new casino have exceeded expectations. The Bok Homa Casino opened on December 20, 2010. In the first month of operation, 55,349 people passed through the...

Hearing anticipated for Bay Mills off-reservation casino litigation (01/21)

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and the state of Michigan are asking a federal judge to close the Bay Mills Indian Community off-reservation casino. The Little Traverse Bay Bands and the state...

No injuries reported after fire breaks out in Shakopee Tribe casino (01/20)

About 100 people were evacuated after a fire broke out in the casino owned by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota. The fire began this morning in an area of the Mystic Lake...

Gun Lake Tribe close to announcing grand opening for new casino (01/20)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, is close to announcing an opening date for its first casino. The tribe expects the $157 million Gun Lake Casino...

Column: Dry Creek Rancheria closes poker room at end of month (01/20)

"North Bay poker players are bracing themselves for the impending loss of one of their favorite spots, as River Rock Casino in Geyserville plans to close its poker room at the end of this month....

Seminole Tribe seeks local approval for casino expansion project (01/20)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is seeking approval to expand the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. The tribe plans to add a retail center and parking garage to the facility. Since these developments will occur on...

Navajo Nation expected to start work on $100M casino in March (01/19)

The Navajo Nation expects to break ground on a $100 million casino in Arizona as soon as March 15, The Arizona Journal reports. The Twin Arrows Casino and Resort will be located off a major...

Bay Mills Indian Community opens bigger off-reservation casino (01/19)

The Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan will debut a bigger off-reservation casino on Saturday. The facility in Vanderbilt opened last November. It will close for a couple of days to prepare for the 1,400...

Coushatta Tribe spends $60M to add more rooms to hotel casino (01/18)

The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana will be spending $60 million to expand its casino. The tribe is adding 401 hotel rooms and 18 luxury suites to the Coushatta Casino Resort. That will bring the...

Coushatta Tribe announces expansion of casino on 16th birthday (01/14)

The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana announced plans to expand its casino. The tribe will be expanding the gaming area and adding 400 hotel rooms to the Coushatta Casino Resort. Construction is scheduled to begin later...

Gun Lake Tribe hopes new casino will improve lives for its people (01/14)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, is getting ready to open its first casino. Chairman D.K. Sprague has spent most of his life in his...

Poarch Creeks start work on commercial gaming facility in Florida (01/12)

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is expanding its gaming empire to Florida. The tribe operates three Indian gaming facilities and commercial racetracks in Alabama. Now it's working with the city of Gretna, Florida, on...

BIA decision on Cowlitz casino resolves land-into-trust questions (01/07)

The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington didn't gain formal federal recognition until 2000 but it can still follow the land-into-trust process, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The tribe filed its land-into-trust application for a...

Local businesses see benefit from Bay Mills off-reservation casino (01/05)

The Bay Mills Indian Community has angered other tribes and the state of Michigan with its off-reservation casino but some local businesses are welcoming the development. Chris Young has seen an increase in business at...
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