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Pojoaque Pueblo loses decision in gaming agreement case (12/13)

Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico failed to follow its own laws when it revoked the gaming license of a consulting company, a judge for the tribe's court ruled on Monday. The tribe hired The Fine...

Blog: Miccosukee Tribe spent $50M for former attorney's work (12/06)

"The Miccosukee Indian tribe has severed their longtime business relationship with their former lawyer, Dexter Lehtinen and has filed a lawsuit against him for malpractice. The tribe members allege that Lehtinen gave them wrong legal...

Miccosukee Tribe suing former attorney for per capita advice (11/30)

The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is suing its former lawyer, claiming he provided bad advice on the taxation of gaming revenues. According to the lawsuit, Dexter Lehtinen, a former U.S. Attorney, assured the tribe that...

Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority ready for more growth (11/17)

First Nations casinos continue to grow, the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority reported on Wednesday. SIGA operates six First Nations casinos. They will take in about $250 million in the current fiscal year, CEO Zane Hansen...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee to consider Internet gaming (11/15)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing this Thursday to discuss Internet gaming and tribal rights. The hearing takes place at 2:15pm in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. The witness...

Accounting: IRS issues new rules for tribal casino revenues (11/15)

"The Internal Revenue Service has issued a new revenue procedure that provides a safe harbor for Native American tribes to establish trusts for tribal members who are minors or legally incompetent for the distribution of...

Eastern Cherokees seeking exclusivity for Class III gaming (11/14)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians continues to negotiate a new Class III gaming compact with North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue (D). According to a document obtained by the Associated Press, the tribe wants to...

Eastern Cherokee businesses support liquor beyond casino (11/09)

Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who own businesses are supporting a referendum to allow the sale of alcohol beyond the tribe's casino. Business owners say expanded alcohol sales will boost the economy...

Eastern Cherokees consider sales of alcohol beyond casino (11/02)

Alcohol sales are legal at the casino owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians but tribal members are facing a plan to expand them throughout the reservation. The referendum, if it appears on the...

Blog: Tribes aim to regulate Internet gaming on reservation (11/02)

"The congressional hearing held recently, invited a tribal delegate of NIGA (National Indian Gaming Association) to participate. In the testimony, the delegate made demands for certain rights to be conferred upon the tribes, in case...

First Nations can pursue lawsuit for ATM thefts at casinos (11/01)

The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority will be able to pursue a lawsuit against officials of a company that supplied ATM machines to First Nations casinos. SIGA is suing six people who were shareholders or directors...

Five questions with Michael McBride about Indian gaming (10/28)

"3. There has been a lot of development of Indian casinos in Oklahoma. Is the gaming business still growing here, and, if so, how much more expansion is possible before market saturation? Thirty-nine of the...

Connecticut tribes providing more gaming law enforcement (10/25)

Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes are taking on a greater law enforcement role at their casinos. Under the Class III gaming compact, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe share law enforcement duties...

Santa Ysabel Band reports theft of cash from small casino (10/19)

Authorities are investigating the theft of cash from the casino owned by the Santa Ysabel Band of Mission Indians in California. Exact figures weren't reported. But one law enforcement source told The San Diego...

Tribes in California preparing for legal Internet poker games (10/18)

Tribes in California are promoting three Internet poker sites in anticipation of legal Internet gambling. The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians was the first to the punch in June 2010, The Palm Springs Desert Sun...

Casino pays more to management firm than to First Nations (10/18)

A Native casino has paid more to a non-Native management company than to the seven First Nations that own it, CBC News reports. The South Beach Casino, which opened in 2005, has paid more than...

NIGC is working closely with tribes to develop new regulations (10/14)

The National Indian Gaming Commission is working closely with tribes to develop new regulations but a final product is more than a year away, Chairwoman Tracie Stevens said. In August, NIGC established the Tribal Advisory...

Eastern Cherokee casino could face competition for alcohol (10/12)

Alcohol sales are legal at the casino owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians but the North Carolina tribe could face competition if sales are allowed in Jackson County. Ray Bradley Jr., a tribal...

Chiefs oust Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority board chair (10/06)

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations voted 32-0 to fire Kirk Goodtrack as chair of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority. Goodtrack has been at the center of controversy. He says he was ousted for...

Editorial: Gaming agency flap shows trouble for First Nations (10/03)

"Destructive politicking and resistance to overdue reforms have become so entrenched at the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations that the Chiefs Assembly this week will need to act quickly to safeguard institutions that play...

GGB: NIGC takes on gentler tone during Obama administration (09/30)

"The relationship between every regulated industry and its regulator is usually adversarial. Whether it’s the stock market and the Securities and Exchange Commission, the broadcasting industry and the Federal Communications Commission or the pharmaceutical industry...

Doug Cuthand: Native leaders turning against one of their own (09/30)

"Kirk Goodtrack never thought that returning home and working for his people would result in such a backlash. But on Thursday, he was removed as chair of SIGA's board. Goodtrack is from the Wood Mountain...

Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority chair suspended again (09/29)

The chairman of the board of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority has been suspended a second time. Kirk Goodtrack was suspended this summer but a judge ordered SIGA to reinstate him. Now that he's back...

Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority board chair still in limbo (09/16)

The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority has yet to reinstate Kirk Goodtrack as chairman of the board. SIGA said it would abide by a court ruling that said Goodtrack was improperly ousted. But he remains in...

MinnPost: More and more states looking into gaming expansion (09/16)

"Massachusetts appears poised to open its doors to casino gambling – amid a flurry of recession-driven interest in gambling to boost jobs and tax revenue. In Ohio, a new Cleveland casino is in the midst...

Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority chair back on the job (09/15)

Kirk Goodtrack will again serve as chairman of the board for the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority. A judge ruled that Goodtrack was improperly fired. He said that he hopes the board, which mainly consists of...

Big expenses on Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority board (09/14)

Members of the board of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority are paid well, The Saskatoon StarPhoenix reports. In July alone, board members claimed more than $78,000 in expenses. One leader -- Muskowekwan First Nation Chief...

Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority told to restore chair (09/12)

A judge has ordered Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority to reinstate Kirk Goodtrack as chairman of the board. The SIGA board, which consists of First Nations leaders, ousted Goodtrack over alleged conflicts of interest. But Court...

Injunction issued against gaming commission of Apache Tribe (09/06)

A federal judge has barred the gaming commission of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma from taking regulatory action involving Wells Fargo Bank. The Apache Gaming Commission planned to conduct a hearing into Wells Fargo's dealings...

Mississippi Choctaws hires new auditor for gaming operation (09/01)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has hired a new auditor for its gaming operation. The tribe had been working with PricewaterhouseCoopers for more than a decade. The relationship ended after the FBI raided the...

Another guilty plea for blackjack scam at First Nations casino (08/30)

Another person pleaded guilty in connection with a blackjack scam at a First Nations casino in Saskatchewan. Authorities said seven people, including a former card dealer, stole money from Gold Eagle Casino. So far, the...

Shakopee Tribe running sophisticated surveillance unit at casino (08/24)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community spent at least $10 million on a state-of-the-art surveillance system for its gaming facilities. The tribe has a digital camera system that can capture license plates and record identifying information...

Navajo Nation ramps up hiring for regulators at gaming facilities (08/15)

With two casinos open and a few more on the way, the Navajo Nation is looking to hire more regulators for the its gaming operation. The Navajo Gaming Regulatory Office already employs 45 people to...

Mississippi Choctaw casino paid off big for non-Indian executive (08/15)

A non-Indian man whose companies are at the center of a federal investigation into the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians was paid well by the tribe's casino, The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports. Doug Pattison was...

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation ran bare-knuckle bout at casino (08/10)

The Association of Boxing Commissions says a bare-knuckle fight at the casino owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation of Arizona broke “just about every rule in the book." The event took place at the...

First fatality linked to liquor sales at Dry Creek Rancheria casino (08/05)

A woman who was drinking at the casino owned by the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians of California died last month in a single car accident. Amporn Ta, 39, had a blood alcohol...

Audio for Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on gaming (07/28)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing this afternoon on the regulation of Indian gaming. One significant topic was the so-called CRIT decision from 2006. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Class...

First Nations leader disputes removal of gaming authority chair (07/27)

Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Guy Lonechild said the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority lacked authority to remove the chairman of the board. Lonechild said he was "deeply" troubled by the recent vote to...

First Nations leaders challenge payments for gaming authority (07/26)

First Nations leaders are questioning salaries and payments to members of the board of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority. Documents obtained by The Saskatoon StarPhoenix show that the 13 board members receive salaries and compensation...

NLRB to appeal decision barring investigation at Chickasaw casino (07/20)

The National Labor Relations Board will ask the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a decision that bars an investigation into unfair labor practices at a Chickasaw Nation casino. Judge Lee R. West blocked...

Officer says fears about liquor at Dry Creek casino unrealized (07/14)

Liquor sales at the casino owned by the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians haven't led to an increase in drunken driving accidents, according to the California Highway Patrol. Local officials were worried about...

Judge blocks NLRB investigation into Chickasaw Nation casino (07/11)

A federal judge today blocked the National Labor Relations Board from proceeding with an investigation into unfair labor practices at a Chickasaw Nation casino. In a 34-page decision, Judge Lee R. West said an investigation...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee roundtable, hearing for gaming (07/07)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled a roundtable and an oversight hearing to discuss gaming issues. On Tuesday, July 26, the committee will host a roundtable on Internet gaming. It will take place at...

County withdraws opposition to Chumash casino liquor license (07/06)

The board of supervisors in Santa Barbara County, California, withdrew its opposition to a liquor license at the casino owned by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. The tribe agreed to 18 conditions that...

County weighs stance on Chumash Tribe casino liquor license (06/29)

The board of supervisors in Santa Barbara County, California, might reconsider its position on the liquor license at the casino owned by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. The board voted 3-2 in June...

Former manager of Picayune Rancheria convicted of stealing (06/22)

Jeff Livingston, the former general manager of the casino owned by the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California, was found guilty of stealing from the tribe. Livingston, 51, was convicted on six counts...

GOP lawmaker made disparaging remarks about 'aborigines' (06/17)

A Republican lawmaker in Alabama was unable to explain disparaging remarks he made about African-American gamblers. Sen. Scott Beason (R) was the first witness in a trial of nine people accused of buying and selling...

Echo Hawk pulls controversial off-reservation gaming memo (06/14)

Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, has rescinded a controversial Bush administration memo that effectively killed off-reservation gaming. Echo Hawk told tribal leaders this morning at the National...

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....

Ex-employee pleads to stealing from Chippewa Cree casino (06/08)

A former employee pleaded guilty to stealing from the casino owned by the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana. Stephen Edward Favel, 34, was a security guard at the Northern Winz Casino. He admitted that he...

First Nations looking to operate all casinos in Saskatchewan (06/08)

All casinos in Saskatchewan should be operated by First Nations, a top Native leader said. The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority oversees six Native-run casinos. The province, through the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation, operates two more. "We...

Sycuan Band announces members of gaming commission (05/25)

The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation in California announced four new members of its gaming commission. Queenette Pettiford was named the new chairwoman. She's been serving on the commission for 12 years. “It has...

Police fear increase in calls with liquor at Shakopee casino (05/11)

Law enforcement are worried about an increase in calls if the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community starts serving liquor at its casino. The tribe might sell liquor at the Mystic Lake Casino if lawmakers expand non-Indian...

Blackfeet Nation includes casino in reservation smoking ban (05/10)

The Blackfeet Nation of Montana has banned smoking at the Glacier Peaks Casino. The Blackfeet Tobacco Free Act of 2005 bans smoking in public places. The casino was exempted for two years but tribal leaders...

Wisconsin drops plan to regulate tribal casino MMA events (05/03)

Tribes in Wisconsin threatened litigation against the state over an effort to enforce mixed martial arts regulations at their casinos. The Wisconsin Department of Licensing and Regulation issued the emergency rules last September. Tribes already...

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...

Shakopee Tribe considers liquor sales amid casino debate (04/28)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community might sell liquor at its successful casino if lawmakers authorize non-Indian gaming, the tribe's legal counsel said. Mystic Lake Casino is the most popular Indian gaming facility in the state....

Navajo Nation president bans smoking at tribe's casinos (04/27)

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed an executive order to ban smoking at the tribe's casinos. The tribe operates two gaming facilities in New Mexico. Another one is under construction in Arizona and will be...

Bay Mills chairman says Little Traverse gaming in trouble (04/25)

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians is in financial trouble, the leader of another Michigan tribe said. The Little Traverse Bay Bands just lowered the legal gambling age from 21 to 19 and...

Gambling expert says NIGC is 'Indians regulating Indians' (04/25)

A slot machine expert says the National Indian Gaming Commission has a big reason to ignore illegal gaming in Indian Country. "NIGC’s executives are all members of Indian tribes," Bob Sertell of Casino Horizons Corp...

Little Traverse Bay Bands drop gambling age from 21 to 19 (04/20)

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan has lowered the legal gambling age from 21 to 19. Chairman Ken Harrington signed the Waganakising Odawak Gaming Regulatory Statute into law. It allows younger...

Law Article: Rights and remedies in tribal casino ventures (04/14)

"Although the steep downturn in the U.S. gaming industry that began in 2008 appears to be easing for the time being, many mid-market gaming companies are still encountering difficulties servicing their debt as consumer spending...

Seven charged for theft at First Nations casino in Saskatchewan (04/05)

Seven people, including a former card dealer, have been charged for stealing from a First Nations casino in Saskatchewan. Authorities said the group participated in a scam at the Gold Eagle Casino. They aren't providing...

Tonkawa Tribe gaming commission to rule on management firm (04/01)

The gaming commission of the Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma is expected to rule next week on revoking the license of a gaming management company. Gaughan Gaming started managing the Tonkawa Casino and the Native Lights...

Oneida Nation concerned about proposed landfill next to casino (03/22)

The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin is worried about a landfill being proposed to a site next to one of its gaming facilities. Georgia-Pacific wants to dump toxic waste to one of its landfills in Ashwaubenon....

Lawyer who worked for Prairie Band to run state gaming agency (03/03)

Gov. Sam Brownback (R) appointed an attorney with Indian law experience to run the Kansas State Gaming Agency. Mark Dodd specialized in Indian law at the University of Kansas Law School. He most recently served...

North Coast Journal: Blue Lake Rancheria leads in iPad gaming (02/11)

"Maryann Six and Treg Combs leaned back against a cushioned divan at the Blue Lake Casino Saturday night to try their luck at a new software package that turned the iPad on their laps into...

Little Traverse Bay Bands sued over changes to gaming enterprise (02/08)

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan is facing a lawsuit from the brother of the tribal chairman. Fred Harrington says his brother, Ken Harrington, and other members of the council violated...

NIGC still debating response to 2006 gaming regulation court case (02/04)

It's been more than four years since the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the National Indian Gaming Commission lacks the authority to regulate Class III games. The Bush administration's response was to ask...

Eastern Band teaches teenagers how to manage gaming payment (02/02)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina shares gaming revenues with its members, including teenagers. Starting this year, all teens will be required to undergo financial training to receive their per capita payment....

Former Santee Sioux Tribe casino employee sentenced over theft (01/28)

A former employee of the casino owned by the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska was sentenced for theft. Bianco White will serve a year in prison and pay $13,000 in restitution to the tribe....

Tribal gaming revenues in Washington grew 70 percent in 5 years (01/04)

Tribal gaming revenues grew 70 percent from 2005 through 2010, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. In 2005, tribal revenues came to $1.02 billion. Last year, they jumped to $1.74 billion. Meanwhile, non-Indian gaming revenues fell from...
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