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Eastern Cherokees to vote on liquor sales at casino (12/19)

Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will vote on the sale of liquor at their North Carolina casino. A petition gained enough signatures to schedule a referendum on the issue. A vote will...

Soo Tribe's commercial casino sees drop in revenue (12/18)

The commercial casino that is majority-owned by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan saw a whopping 16.36 percent decline in revenues last month. The drop at the Greektown Casino, which is...

Vote sought on Eastern Cherokee casino liquor (12/17)

Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are pushing for a vote on liquor sales at the tribe's casino in North Carolina. The tribal council authorized a referendum to sell liquor at Harrah’s Cherokee...

Ex-Seminole official pleads guilty in gaming case (12/12)

A former council member for the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma pleaded guilty in a case related to the tribe's former gaming partner. Ricky Van Deer, 48, was indicted on bribery and obstruction of justice charges....

Gaming revenues see huge decline in Nevada (12/11)

Gaming revenues in Nevada took another big hit in October, the state Gaming Control Board reported. Gross casino revenue fell 22.3 percent compared to October 2007. In Las Vegas, which generates more than half the...

Fort Sill Apache Tribe defends New Mexico giveaway (12/08)

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma says a giveaway at its disputed gaming facility complies with New Mexico law. The tribe awarded a vehicle at the Apache Homelands Casino last month. The state contends...

WaPo: Internet gaming, with a Mohawk connection (12/01)

Join the Washinton Post author for a discussion about Internet gaming at 1pm ET. "At first glance, Joe Norton and the Kahnawake might seem like surprising players to control a large share of the...

Indian gaming coming closer to commercial gaming (11/21)

The Indian gaming industry could soon outgrow the commercial gaming one, experts said at the Global Gaming Expo this week. Tribal facilities took in $26 billion last year, compared to $36 billion for commercial gaming....

Meskwaki Tribe starts serving liquor at casino (11/17)

The Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa began serving liquor at its casino over the weekend. Sales are limited to the gaming floor and the restaurant at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel. No liquor is allowed...

Rep. Cole eager for Obama's nominees at NIGC (11/14)

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) supported John McCain in the 2008 election but the only Native American in Congress is eager for president-elect Barack Obama to appoint new members of the National Indian Gaming Commission. Cole...

Ex-NFL lobbyist works on Internet gaming rules (11/12)

A former lobbyist for the National Football League is now working at the White House on last-minute regulations to limit Internet gaming. William Wichterman and his associates at the Covington & Burling firm were paid...

Gaming regulator slams California for new rules (10/21)

A tribal gaming regulator accused the state of California of trying to take control of tribal casinos by imposing rules for minimum internal control standards. Michael Lombardi, the chairman of the gaming commission for the...

California panel adopts MICS over tribal objections (10/15)

The California Gambling Control Commission voted unanimously to adopt minimum internal control standards at tribal facilities. Tribes oppose the agency's regulations. They say Class III standards should be included in the tribal-state compact. The state...

Man charged with theft from Yankton Sioux casino (10/15)

A former employee was charged with stealing from the casino owned by the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Aaron Abdo was indicted in federal court for stealing less than $1,000 from the Fort Randall...

Soo Tribe seeks buyer for troubled Detroit casin (10/09)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is trying to find a buyer for the troubled Greektown Casino in Detroit, Michigan. The tribe owns a majority stake in the commercial facility, which is...

Gaming Guru: Tribal casino regulation in Michigan (10/01)

"Everyone is aware of the strict guidelines and operating procedures to which state-regulated casinos are held. But who sets the standards and controls for Native American properties? Casinos such as Four Winds Casino Resort...

NYT: Sen. McCain and ties to gambling industry (09/28)

"Senator John McCain was on a roll. In a room reserved for high-stakes gamblers at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, he tossed $100 chips around a hot craps table. When the marathon session...

Seneca Nation gaming official resigns amid probe (09/23)

A gaming official with the Seneca Nation of New York resigned before he could be fired by the tribal council. Bergal Mitchell III, the former vice chairman of the Seneca Gaming Corporation, has been linked...

Seneca gaming official under federal investigation (09/19)

The board of directors for the Seneca Nation's gaming corporation has asked its vice chairman to step down after being linked to a federal investigation. But Bergal Mitchell III of the Seneca Gaming Corporation is...

Eastern Cherokee council delays action on alcohol (09/05)

The tribal council of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians delayed action on a controversial issue: alcohol at the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. On August 7, the council approved a referendum to ask voters about...

Eastern Cherokee chief vetoes vote on alcohol at casino (09/03)

The leader of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians in North Carolina says liquor should remain illegal on the reservation. The tribal council authorized a referendum to sell liquor at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. But...

BIA extends comment period on compact regulation (09/02)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has extended the comment period on a proposed regulation to address review and approval of tribal-state gaming compacts. Comments are being accepted until September 22, according to a notice published...

NIGC seeks more comment on proposed regulation (08/20)

The National Indian Gaming Commission has extended the comment period on a regulation under development. The proposed regulation seeks to define the meaning of "sole proprietary interest” under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The law...

Non-Indian racetrack in Oklahoma may be sold (08/15)

A non-Indian racetrack in Oklahoma that claims it will be hurt by a proposed off-reservation casino might be sold. Remington Park is doing well, according to executives, but its parent company isn't. So Magna Entertainment...

Eastern Cherokee per caps peak at $9,300 (08/14)

Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians receive a share of casino profits but the per capita payments have peaked at around $9,300, The Smoky Mountain News reports. The yearly payment isn't expected to...

Sycuan Band's liquor license sees opposition (08/12)

The Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians faces opposition to its application to serve liquor at the Sycuan Resort The tribe is the only one in San Diego County without a liquor license. A prior application...

Eastern Cherokees set vote on alcohol at casino (08/08)

Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will get to vote on alcohol sales at the tribe's casino. Alcohol sales at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino could increase revenue. But some say liquor will lead to...

Tigua Tribe and state spar in court over gaming (07/31)

The Tigua Tribe and the state of Texas were in court on Wednesday over gaming-like activities occurring on the reservation. The state forced the tribe to shut down its casino in early 2002. The...

Fort Sill Apache Tribe not worried about new rules (07/28)

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma says new gaming rules won't apply to its casino site in southern New Mexico and the Bureau of Indian Affairs agrees. The rules apply to land acquired after...

Sycuan Band applies for liquor license at casino (07/28)

The Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians has applied for a license to serve liquor at its casino in southern California. The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control rejected the tribe's first license in 1993. Opponents were...

Eastern Cherokees weigh liquor sales at casino (07/18)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is considering a request to sell liquor at the tribe's North Carolina casino. The Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise Board says liquor at the Harrah's Cherokee Casino could boost revenues....

BIA rule restricts off-reservation gaming (07/18)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has published a regulation that makes it harder to acquire land for off-reservation casinos. The rule implements Section 20 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The section bars casinos on...

Kickapoo Tribe fires two gaming commissioners (07/16)

The Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas has removed two members from its gaming commission. Fred Thomas and Nancy Bear were removed earlier this week. No reason was given. The commission has three members. Get the Story:...

BIA delays effective date of Section 20 rules (06/24)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has delayed the effective date of its controversial Section 20 gaming regulations. The rules were supposed to go into effect on June 19. But in a notice being published in...

Wyandotte Nation won't ban smoking at casino (06/12)

The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma has no plans to ban smoking on the gaming floor at its casino in Kansas City, Kansas. The tribe has an agreement with local governments to abide by local...

Teens charged in theft of Seminole winnings (06/11)

Three teens have been charged for stealing $24,000 in winnings from a casino owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Authorities said the 18-year-olds robbed two college students who won the money at a poker...

Chickasaw Nation names gaming commissioner (06/10)

The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma named an interim commissioner for its gaming operation. Matthew L. Morgan is a tribal member. He has worked as in-house legal counsel and policy adviser to the tribe and sits...

NIGC withdraws controversial Class II regulations (06/06)

The National Indian Gaming Commission has withdrawn two controversial regulations that would have cost tribes more than $1 billion in revenues, Chairman Phil Hogen said on Thursday. Hogen spoke at the Oklahoma Sovereignty Symposium about...

Soo Tribe expects $15.9M loss at commercial casino (06/06)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians won approval from theMichigan Gaming Control Board to restructure the debt at its commercial casino in Detroit. The tribe has secured a $51.3 million loan to...

Lawsuit filed over liquor at Michigan tribal casinos (06/05)

A lawsuit in Michigan state court seeks to force tribes to obtain liquor license at their casinos. Patrick Devlin, a former employee of the Michigan Gaming Control Board, said the tribes have to follow state...

Dry Creek Rancheria serving liquor at casino (06/03)

The Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians can finally serve liquor at the River Rock Casino. Officials in Sonoma County, California, opposed the tribe's application for a liquor license. Opposition was dropped after the...

One tribe lowers gambling age, another raises it (06/02)

The Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa has lowered its gambling age to 18 while the Kalispel Tribe of Washington has raised it to 21. As of June 1, the Meskwakis allow 18-year-olds to play poker games...

Oregon city negotiates agreement for casino (05/28)

The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians and the city of Florence, Oregon, are finalizing an agreement for police services at the Three Rivers Casino. The casino is located on a 98-acre...

Effect of Section 20 rules on Warm Springs debated (05/23)

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs of Oregon don't think the new Section 20 rules will affect an off-reservation casino project. The tribes are pursuing a casino under the two-part determination process of Section 20...

Meskwaki Tribe gets ready for under-21 gamblers (05/21)

The Meskwaki Tribe is getting ready to welcome a younger set of gamblers to the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel in Tama, Iowa. The tribe recently lowered the gambling age to 18. The change goes into...

BIA to issue Section 20 rules for gaming acquisitions (05/19)

In one of his final actions as head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs assistant secretary Carl Artman has finalized the long-awaited Section 20 regulations for gaming on trust land acquired after 1988. The regulations...

First Nations casino in Manitoba is smoke-free (05/19)

The South Beach Casino on the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation in Manitoba went smoke free on Saturday. The facility, which is owned by seven First Nations, decided to ban smoking due to health concerns. So far,...

Oneida Nation approves new per capita payment (05/12)

Members of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin approved a new per capita payment plan. Each tribal member will receive $1,200 a year. That's up from the current $800 annual payment. Tribal members also authorized the...

Meskwaki Tribe lowers gambling age to 18 (05/09)

The Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa has lowered the gambling age for certain Class II games to 18. Young gamblers will be able to play non-house banked poker games. They will not be allowed to operate...

Mohegan partner not disclosed in Pennsylvania (05/07)

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board wasn't aware of a partnership between the Mohegan Tribe and a convicted developer, The Pocono Record reports. The tribe, based in Connecticut, and developer Dennis Troha backed an off-reservation...

Meskwaki Tribe debates per capita payments (05/01)

Members of the Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa are worried they are going to see a cut in their casino per capita payments. Each member receives about $2,000 a month, KCRG-TV reported. Tribal members fear the...

Meskwaki Tribe approves sale of liquor at casino (04/02)

Voters of the Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa approved the sale of liquor at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel on Tuesday. Tribal members approved the liquor referendum by a 229 to 122 vote. That's a...

Meskwaki Tribe postpones vote on alcohol at casino (03/25)

The Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa has delayed a referendum to authorize liquor sales at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel. The vote was to take place today. But due to the death of a tribal...

Ohio shuts down illegal 'Cherokee' bingo hall (03/19)

The state of Ohio shut down an illegal bingo hall that was being operated by a group called the Tallige Cherokee Nation. Scioto County sheriff's officers raided the Cherokee Bingo Hall yesterday. The state said...

Meskwaki Tribe to vote on alcohol at casino (03/18)

Members of the Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa will once again vote on a proposal to sell alcohol at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel. Tribal leaders say sales will increase revenue at the casino. But...

Presidential candidates accept gaming dollars (03/18)

The three presidential candidates have accepted over $180,000 in campaign contributions from gaming interests, The Boston Globe reports. Citing figures from the Center for Responsive Politics, the paper said Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona...

Connecticut AG cites authority over tribal casinos (03/14)

Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal says the state Legislature has the authority to ban smoking at tribal casinos. In a formal opinion, Blumenthal says the tribes, through their Class III gaming compact, agreed to abide...

Ex-Seminole council member indicted for bribery (03/13)

A former council member for the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma was indicted on federal bribery charges on Wednesday. Ricky Van Deer, 48, is accused of taking $44,100 in bribes from Ivy Ong, the tribe's former...

Canada seeks to shut Mohawk online gaming sites (03/05)

The Canadian government says it will shut down hundreds of Internet gaming sites that are licensed by the Kahnawake First Nation in Quebec. Mohawk Internet Technologies, a company based on the reserve, hosts the 400...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe criticizes union effort (03/03)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan is accusing a labor union of manipulating employees at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. The International Union Security Police & Fire Professionals of America sought an election...

Union behind smoking ban at Connecticut casinos (02/29)

The United Auto Workers union is behind legislation that would ban smoking at tribal casinos in Connecticut. The union recently organized among card dealers at the casino owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. The...

Union won't drop Saginaw Chippewa effort (02/22)

A labor union says it will move forward with efforts to organize security guards at the casino owned by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan. The International Union Security Police & Fire Professionals of...

Oklahoma tribes assail Class II regulations (02/21)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE House Natural Resources Committee field hearing in Miami, Oklahoma. February 20, 2008 • Opening Statements Panel 1 - Testimony | Q&A Norm DesRosiers, Vice Chairman, National Indian Gaming CommissionPanel 2 -...

House hearing on Class II rules in Oklahoma (02/21)

The House Natural Resources Committee held a field hearing in Miami, Oklahoma, on Wednesday to discuss pending National Indian Gaming Commission regulations. Rep. Dan Boren (D-Oklahoma) chaired the hearing Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), a member...

Witness list for House field hearing in Oklahoma (02/19)

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a field hearing in Miami, Oklahoma, tomorrow to discuss pending National Indian Gaming Commission regulations. The hearing takes place at 8:30am in the Student Ballroom at Northeastern Oklahoma...

Saginaw Chippewa casino workers drop union bid (02/19)

Security guards at the casino owned by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan have dropped efforts to unionize. The International Union Security Police & Fire Professionals of America petitioned the National Labor Relations Board for...

NLRB opens hearing into Pequot union challenge (01/16)

The National Labor Relations Board opened a hearing on Tuesday to determine whether a union can organize at the casino owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut. The NLRB allowed the United...

Crane collapse at Snoqualmie casino injures man (01/15)

A man reportedly suffered minor injuries on Monday morning after a 120-ton crane collapsed at the construction site of the Snoqualmie Tribe's casino in Washington. The accident occurred as the crane was hoisting structural...

Colorado smoking ban won't apply to tribal casinos (01/07)

Casinos in Colorado went smoke-free last Tuesday but not the ones on reservations. The state's laws do not apply in Indian Country. That means the casinos owned by the Southern Ute Tribe and the Ute...

Saginaw Chippewa casino workers reject union (12/21)

Housekeeping staff at the casino owned by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan voted down a union by a 2-1 margin on Thursday. Nearly all the full- and part-time housekeeping staff at the Soaring...

Probe of Seminole Nation casinos nets plea (12/21)

An Arizona man has pleaded guilty to tax evasion in an ongoing probe of the Seminole Nation's casinos in Oklahoma. Authorities began investigating a prostitution and drug ring in the parking lot of a Seminole...

Union vote set for Saginaw Chippewa casino (12/18)

The National Labor Relations Board will be overseeing a union vote this Thursday at the casino owned by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan. The Teamsters union wants to organize about 300 housekeeping staff at...

Oneida Nation members await $88M per cap payout (12/17)

Members of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will be getting something extra from their tribe's casino. The 16,000 members will share in a $88 million per capita payout from the tribe's gaming revenues. Members over...

Nooksack Tribe starts serving liquor at casino (12/17)

The Nooksack Tribe of Washington has started serving liquor at its new casino. After winning a court battle, the state Liquor Control Board issued a temporary permit for the Nooksack Northwood Casino on Friday....

Investors make more money than Mohegan Tribe (12/17)

The backers of the Mohegan Tribe's casino in Connecticut have made slightly more money than the tribe, The Boston Globe reports. From 2001 to 2006, Sol Kerzner and Len Wolman of Trading Cove Associates...

Employment Law: Unions come to tribal casinos (12/14)

"Table game dealers at one of the world’s largest casinos broke long-standing precedent on November 24th by voting to bring federally-regulated collective bargaining onto a tribal reservation. In what is believed to be the first...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe claims Class III rights (12/14)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts says it has a right to offer Class III games because the state allows casino nights and off-shore casino cruises. Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, a tribe is...

Greektown Casino board chairman forced out (12/13)

Fred Paquin, the police chief for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, has been forced to resign from his post as chairman of the tribe's Detroit casino board. Paquin, 50, became chairman...

BIA approves Oneida Nation $88M per capita (12/11)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved the Oneida Nation's revenue allocation plan to distribute $88 million in gaming revenues. Tribal members under 62 will receive $5,000 while those over 62 will receive $10,000. The...

Seminole Tribe under NIGC and IRS scrutiny (11/30)

The National Indian Gaming Commission and the Internal Revenue Service have been keeping an eye on the Seminole Tribe of Florida for a long time. But the agencies have never penalized the tribe over the...

Online casino hosted on Mohawk reserve fined (11/30)

GoldenPalace.Com, the world's largest Internet casino, has been fined $2 million by the Quebec government, CBC News reported. GoldenPalace is hosted by a server on the Kahnawake Mohawk Reserve. The First Nation issued a...

Union vote set for Saginaw Chippewa casino (11/29)

The National Labor Relations Board will oversee a union election at the casino owned by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan. The election takes place December 20. Teamsters Local 486 wants to organize about 300...

Harold Monteau: NIGC violates trust responsibility (11/16)

"The National Indian Gaming Commission recently released its long-dreaded revised regulations with regard to Class II machine gaming. The tribal and industry response was swift, vehement and absolutely correct. Communications from tribes to the NIGC...

Florida threatens suit over Class III procedures (11/08)

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said he will sue the Interior Department if it issues Class III procedures for the Seminole Tribe. McCollum cited a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that invalidated the...

Mashantucket Tribe appeals labor union decision (11/08)

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut is fighting the National Labor Relations Board's assertion of jurisdiction at the Foxwoods Resort Casino. The tribe says the NLRB can't enforce federal labor laws on the...

NLRB sets union vote at Mashantucket casino (11/07)

The National Labor Relations Board scheduled a November 24 union election at the casino owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut. The NLRB asserted jurisdiction at the Foxwoods Resort Casino over the...

Nooksack Tribe's casino liquor license at issue (11/07)

An administrative law judge in Washington held a hearing into the Nooksack Tribe's application for a liquor license at its new casino. The tribe wants a license for the Northwood Crossing Casino, which opens...

Mississippi Choctaws to hire new gaming executive (11/01)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is a hiring a new president and chief executive officer for its Pearl River Resort, the Associated Press reports. The tribe offered the job to Paul Harvey, a...

State denies liquor license for Nooksack casino (10/26)

The Washington State Liquor Control Board on Thursday denied a temporary liquor license for the Nooksack Tribe's new casino. The tribe sought a temporary license in time for the opening of the Northwood Crossing Casino...

NIGA opposes NIGC's latest Class II regulations (10/25)

The National Indian Gaming Association opposes Class II regulations that were published in the Federal Register on Wednesday. NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr. said the rules would hurt tribal economies. "The most basic problem is...

NLRB orders election at Mashantucket casino (10/25)

An official for the National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday ordered the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut to allow a union election. Peter Hoffman, a regional director for the NLRB, rejected the tribe's sovereignty...

Mashantucket Tribe pushed to allow union at casino (10/23)

Elected officials in Connecticut urged the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation to allow a union at its Foxwoods Resort Casino. The United Auto Workers union is trying to organize about 4,000 dealers. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Connecticut)...

Gaming fuels Pascua Yaqui Tribe infighting (10/16)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona brings makes over $100 million a year from gaming but some say it has only contributed to internal turmoil. "When we didn't have any money, we didn't have...

Union seeks vote at Saginaw Chippewa casino (10/11)

The Teamsters union is moving forward with efforts to organize workers at the casino owned by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan. The union filed a formal request with the National Labor Relations Board to...

Oneida Nation denied liquor licenses at casino (10/04)

The New York State Liquor Authority denied all six liquor license applications by the Oneida Nation over questions about tribal sovereignty. The board cited "numerous" outstanding legal issues, including questions about taxation and the...

Tulalip man pleads guilty for stealing from casino (10/04)

A member of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington pleaded guilty to stealing from the tribal casino. Donald C. Hatch worked as a pit boss at the Tulalip Resort Casino. He admitted to stealing $5,400 in...

Pojoaque Pueblo in dispute with former worker (09/26)

Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico is trying to prevent a former casino employee from collecting damages for alleged retaliation. The tribe fired David Martinez and revoked his gaming license in January. The tribe's gaming commission...

Navajo community votes to sell liquor at casino (09/26)

If a casino ever comes to Churchrock, New Mexico, community members want liquor to be sold there. The Churchrock Chapter voted 36-1 to approve liquor at the proposed casino. The move was influenced by sentiments...

NLRB hits Saginaw Chippewa Tribe with complaint (09/25)

The National Labor Relations Board will hold a hearing October 17 to address allegations of union interference at the casino owned by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan. The Teamsters union has been trying to...

States seek a stake in growing gaming market (09/12)

With gaming legal in all but two states, more than a dozen states are looking for ways to expanding gambling options and get a piece of the growing market. From Massachusetts to Florida to...

Oneida Nation seeks another liquor license (09/11)

The Oneida Nation of New York has applied for another liquor license at its Turning Stone Resort and Casino. The tribe wants to serve liquor at the Lodge, one of the four hotels at the...

Decision on Oneida Nation liquor license delayed (09/06)

The New York State Liquor Authority delayed a decision on a liquor license for the Oneida Nation after hearing arguments on both sides on Wednesday. Supporters cited the casino's positive economic impact on upstate...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces gaming hurdles (09/06)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has to jump through a lot of hoops before it can open a casino in Massachusetts. The tribe faces a review of its land-into-trust applications. Since one of the applications involves...

Oneida Nation casino liquor license up for hearing (09/05)

The New York State Liquor Authority is holding a hearing today on the Oneida Nation's request to serve liquor at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino. The tribe wants the license in time for a...

Women run Choctaw Nation's gaming enterprise (09/05)

Women hold the top two positions in the Choctaw Nation's gaming operation, a field dominated by men. Janie Dillard is director of the enterprise. She quickly rose through the ranks after starting as a...

Soo chairman fails in bid to regain casino seat (08/24)

The chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians won't be allowed to rejoin the board of directors for the Michigan tribe's Detroit casino. Aaron Payment was removed from the post earlier this...

Oneida Nation offers bonus per capita payment (08/17)

The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin is offering a bonus for this year's per capita payments. Tribal members already receive $800, $2,800 or $3,378 in casino profits depending on their age. Those 62 and under will...

Soo Tribe chairman ousted from gaming board (08/16)

Aaron Payment, the chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, has been removed as chairman and CEO of the tribe's Detroit casino board. Five members of the Greektown Casinos Management board voted...

Oneida Nation sees opposition to liquor license (08/16)

The Oneida Nation of New York should not be given a liquor license because the tribe doesn't follow state laws, critics say. The tribe applied for a license to serve liquor at the Turning Stone...

Tribes prepare Class II proposal for NIGC (08/15)

The National Indian Gaming Commission is moving forward with plans to write definitions and technical standards for Class II gaming. The agency wants to draw a brighter line between Class II games like bingo and...

State blocks liquor at Sisseton Wahpeton casinos (07/30)

The state of South Dakota is holding up the renewal of two liquor licenses for the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe. The state says the tribe has failed to pay state taxes on cigarettes and gas....

States use tribes to make money, students told (07/25)

States are using tribal casinos as a "moneymaker," students at Tulane University in Mississippi were told. Lloyd "Eddie" Gibson, the chairman of the Choctaw Gaming Commission, and Patrick Sheehan, an attorney who specializes in Indian...

Hearing examines Barona Band's liquor license (07/25)

An administrative law judge in California began a hearing on Monday to consider the liquor license for the Barona Band of Mission Indians. The tribe won a state license to serve alcohol at its casino....

Tribes face challenge over liquor at casinos (07/23)

Two tribes, one in California and the other in New York, are facing challenges to serving liquor at their casinos. The Barona Band of Mission Indians in California won a state liquor license in 2004....

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation takes over casino (07/02)

The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation of Kansas is celebrating the takeover its casino from longtime partner Harrah's Entertainment. The tribe entered into a federally approved management contract with Harrah's to manage the Prairie Band...

Sen. Cornyn asks DOI to delay Kickapoo gaming (06/29)

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) asked the Interior Department on Thursday to delay Class III rules for the Kickapoo Tribe. Cornyn said state voters have repeatedly rejected Class III gaming. He proposed giving the state...

Labor seeks inroads at Saginaw Chippewa casino (06/26)

The Teamsters union has set up an office in an attempt to organize casino employees of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan. The union has filed unfair labor practice charges against the tribe with the...

Gila River Indian Community to share casino profits (06/21)

Voters of the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona approved a ballot proposal to share gaming profits. The proposal was approved by 63 percent of voters on Tuesday. Supporters called it a victory for the...

Ontario First Nations reject $2.5B gaming deal (06/20)

First Nations leaders on Ontario have rejected a $2.5 billion gaming deal with the province. The province offered the money in order to settle a tax dispute. Casino Rama, a Native-run gaming facility, has been...

Nooksack Tribe questioned on casino liquor license (06/01)

The Nooksack Tribe of Washington won a state liquor license for its new casino despite opposition from enforcement officers, The Bellingham Herald reports. The tribe won the license for the Northwood Crossing Casino, which...

Kickapoo Tribe wins approval for Class III games (06/01)

The Kickapoo Tribe of Texas has won preliminary approval from the Interior Department to offer Class III games. The tribe asked DOI to step in because the state refuses to negotiate a Class III...

Two dozen indicted for cheating casinos out of $3.3M (05/25)

A federal grand jury handed down a 70-page indictment against 24 people -- including the son of Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels -- who are accused of cheating Indian and non-Indian gaming facilities out of...

Citing 'scandal,' McCain seeks more gaming oversight (05/24)

Citing potential for "scandal" and "abuses," Sen. McCain (R-Arizona) called for stronger oversight of the gaming industry. “I am concerned about the oversight and regulation of gaming,” McCain said in a conference call with reporters,...

Navajo Nation confirms first gaming executive (05/17)

The Navajo Nation has confirmed its first gaming executive. Robert Winter, a New Jersey lawyer who has worked with several tribes, has a two-year contract with the tribe. His goal is to get the tribe's...

NIGC chairman cites need for casino standards (05/15)

National Indian Gaming Commission Chairman Phil Hogen testified on the need for minimum internal control standards (MICS) to ensure adequate oversight of tribal gaming operations. Hogen appeared at a California Assembly hearing on Monday. He...

Agua Caliente Chair: Gaming regulation extensive (05/14)

"There has been much written regarding the five tribal gaming compact amendments currently being considered for ratification by the California Assembly. I am chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. While our Tribal...

First Nations casinos pull in $40M in profit (05/09)

The four Native casinos in Saskatchewan reported $40 million in profits for fiscal year 2005-2006. The four casinos, overseen by the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, are required to contribute 37.5 percent of profits to the...

US seeks to monitor casinos for money laundering (05/04)

The Bush administration is proposing to monitor tribal casinos as part of a comprehensive effort to stop money-laundering and terrorist-financing networks. The Departments of Treasury, Justice and Homeland Security announced the 2007 National Money Laundering...

OSHA told to get warrant for Pascua Yaqui casino (05/01)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration must get a warrant to question employees of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe's casino, a federal judge in Arizona ruled. OSHA has been trying to inspect the Casino del Sol...

Suspended Kickapoo gaming officials cleared (04/26)

The Kansas State Gaming Agency cleared gaming officials and employees who were suspended by the Kickapoo Tribe. Three officials and three employees of the Kickapoo Gaming Commission were suspended by the tribal council on March...

Navajo Nation moves forward with gaming plans (04/17)

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. hopes to jump start casino development on the reservation with the appointment of the tribe's first gaming executive. Shirley appointed Robert Winter, a New Jersey lawyer, to head...

Meskwaki Tribe divided over alcohol at casino (04/11)

Members of the Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa go to the polls on Thursday to decide whether to legalize alcohol at the casino. Opinion is divided on the proposal. Older tribal members are mainly opposed,...

Pascua Yaqui Tribe in dispute over OSHA at casino (04/09)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona is in a sovereignty dispute with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Six months ago, the tribe blocked OSHA inspectors from entering the Casino Del Sol. OSHA went to...

Stillaguamish Tribe puts up huge casino sign (03/29)

The Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington has put up a huge electronic sign to advertise the Angel of the Winds Casino. The sign is larger than the state allows and is too close to the interstate....

Meskwaki Tribe to vote April 12 on liquor at casino (03/23)

Members of the Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa will go to the polls on April 12 to decide whether to legalize the sale of liquor at the Meskwaki Bingo-Casino-Hotel. Liquor is banned on the reservation. But...

Section 20 rules won't affect South Dakota tribes (03/05)

Proposed regulations in the way the Bureau of Indian Affairs takes land into trust for casinos won't affect South Dakota, the chairman of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe said. Chairman Michael Jandreau said tribes won't...

BIA hopes to finalize Section 20 rules quickly (02/20)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs wants to finalize its Section 20 land-into-trust regulations soon, a top official said. "It's our No. 1 priority to get this out," George Skibine, the director of the Office of...

Meskwaki Tribe considers alcohol sales at casino (02/02)

Members of the Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa held a closed-door meeting on Thursday night to discuss the sale of liquor at the casino. The Meskwaki Casino says liquor sales will generate more revenues and bring...

Meskwaki Tribe considers liquor sales at casino (01/04)

Members of the Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa are being asked to legalize the sale of liquor at the casino. The tribal council will consider the issue next week. Then it will be sent to tribal...
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