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Column: Tribal casinos regulated by tribes and federal agency (12/21)

"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 in...

Eastern Cherokee gaming per capita payment was about $7K (12/19)

Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians received slightly more than $7,000 from the tribe's gaming operation, The Smoky Mountain News reports. The tribe makes per capita payments twice a year. The June payment...

County questions cost of emergency service at tribal casinos (12/19)

Commissioners in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, are questioning the cost of providing fire and rescue services to tribal casinos, The Albuquerque Journal reports. The county spends $182,000 a year handling about 250 calls a year...

Ex-aide to Massachusetts governor joins firm's gaming group (12/17)

A former aide to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) who worked on gaming issues is representing a client that wants to open a commercial casino, The Cape Cod Times reports. E. Abim Thomas served as...

Report: Eastern Cherokees were overcharged for services at casino (12/05)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians was overcharged for information technology services at its casino, tribal officials said. The Harrah's Cherokee Casino was overbilled a total of $2.7 million by the Harrah's Entertainment corporate office....

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to sell liquor at casino event center (11/27)

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho will sell alcohol at its recently opened casino hotel and events center. Tribal members voted to move forward with beer and wine sales at the Sho-Ban Hotel and Events Center....

Oregon tribes spent $2.8M in battle against non-Indian casino (11/13)

Tribes in Oregon spent $2.8 million fighting a non-Indian casino that was easily defeated on the ballot last week, Williamette Week reported. The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua...

Shakopee Tribe starts serving alcohol at casino for the first time (11/08)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota has started serving liquor at its casino. The Mystic Steakhouse at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel began selling beer, wine and liquor yesterday. Other venues in the facility...

Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations eyes online gaming (11/08)

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations says Internet gaming is here to stay. The FSIN isn't involved with an online casino just launched by the White Bear First Nations. But the group says the province...

First Nation in Saskatchewan launches Internet gaming website (11/07)

The White Bear First Nations in Saskatchewan has launched an Internet gaming site. The site bears the name of the Northern Bear Casino, the band's land-based facility. The servers for the operation are located in...

Non-Indian video lotteries in South Dakota see dip in revenue (11/05)

Non-Indian video lottery revenues in South Dakota have declined every year since 2008 and they could fall even further due to increased competition from Iowa. In 2011, 1,459 non-Indian establishments with 9,128 video lottery terminals...

Dave Palermo: Washburn shifts stance on Class III regulation (11/05)

"[Kevin] Washburn, who in 2005 testified that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) should be amended to give the National Indian Gaming Commission more regulatory authority over Class III, casino-style gaming on Indian lands, said...

Ruling on Chumash casino liquor license expected in December (10/18)

A decision on a liquor license for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is expected in December, The Solvang Valley News reports. The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control began a four-day hearing on...

Tribal casino crime reports from South Dakota and New Mexico (10/12)

A former employee pleaded guilty to stealing from the casino owned by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the The U.S. Attorney's Office in South Dakota said. Michelle Carrier, 36, admitted to wire fraud and theft. She...

Chumash Tribe set for big hearing on liquor license next week (10/11)

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians will go before the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control next week for a four-day hearing on its liquor license. The tribe is seeking to expand the sale...

Global Gaming Expo panel discusses IGRA as law hits milestone (10/05)

It seems hard to believe but the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 will turn 25 next year. "That time has flown by," Tony Sanchez Jr., the president of the board of directors for the...

Public hearing set for liquor license at Chumash Tribe's casino (09/25)

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will hold a hearing next month on a liquor license at the casino owned by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. The tribe is seeking to expand...

Eastern Cherokees on track to finish $633M casino expansion (09/12)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is almost done with a $633 million expansion at its casino. The Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort boasts 10 restaurants and eateries, an events center and a spa. Some...

Gun Lake Tribe works to expand law enforcement beyond casino (09/06)

The Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, is expanding its police department. The tribe has three officers on duty. They mainly provide service to the Gun Lake...

Liquor sales at Eastern Cherokee casino pay tribal commission (08/29)

Liquor sales at the casino owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina are proving to be self-sufficient as some members question the high salaries being paid to the tribe's Alcoholic Beverage...

Mohegan Tribe still working on Massachusetts casino proposal (08/14)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut is still putting together its application for a casino in Massachusetts. The tribe plans to bid on a casino in the western part of the state. The application to the...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to pay $400K fee for gaming license (08/09)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will have to pay a $400,000 fee to start the casino license process, the chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said. The fee is non-refundable. The tribe also has to submit...

Seminole Tribe tried to launch Internet gaming site in Costa Rica (08/09)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida tried to start a gaming website based in Costa Rica, according to an administrative decision affecting three Internet domain names. The domains -- seminolecasino.com, seminolegaming.com and casinoseminole.com -- are currently...

Alabama attorney general disputes Poarch Creek gaming rights (08/09)

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) doesn't think the Poarch Creek Band of Indians should be able to offer certain electronic gaming games on the reservation. Strange acknowledged he lacks jurisdiction in Indian Country. But...

Chickasaw Nation aims to buy non-Indian casino in bankruptcy (08/03)

The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma reached a deal to buy a non-Indian gaming facility in Louisiana that just declared bankruptcy. Global Gaming Solutions, a tribal subsidiary, will acquire "substantially" all of the assets of DiamondJacks,...

Tribes support role of NIGC over regulation of Internet gaming (07/27)

Tribal leaders and Indian experts said the National Indian Gaming Commission should be the federal agency in charge of online tribal gaming. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee released a draft of the Tribal Online Gaming...

Witness list for Senate Indian Affairs Committee gaming hearing (07/24)

UPDATE: Please note room change for the hearing. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing this Thursday on regulation of Indian gaming. THe hearing takes place at 2:15pm in Room G50 of the Senate...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules hearing on gaming (07/20)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing next Thursday, July 26, on Indian gaming. The topic of the hearing is "Regulation of Tribal Gaming: From Brick & Mortar to the Internet." The...

Commission to discuss Mashpee Wampanoag casino concerns (06/27)

Massachusetts Gaming Commission has agreed to meet with the leaders of three communities to discuss their concerns about the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The leaders of Lakeville, Berkley and Middleboro say they have been left...

State steps out of utility dispute at Turtle Mountain Band casino (06/15)

The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians has the authority to decide who supplies power to its casino, the North Dakota Public Service Commission ruled on Thursday. The tribe is expanding the Sky Dancer Casino...

Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority sees revenue increase (06/07)

The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority saw a record year in revenues and profits in the last fiscal year. The six casinos on First Nations took in $267.2 million in revenues. Profit was $81.6 million. "That...

Hearing for liquor license at Chumash Tribe's casino is delayed (05/22)

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has delayed a hearing on a liquor license at the casino owned by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. The three-day hearing was scheduled to begin today....

Native Sun News: Sisseton Wahpeton chairman in gaming feud (05/15)

The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy, Native Sun News Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Robert Shepherd, Chairman of Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate AGENCY VILLAGE. SOUTH DAKOTA –– A member of...

Massachusetts Gaming Commission executive director quits (05/10)

The temporary executive director of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission resigned after just three days on the job. Stan McGee was a state official who helped write H.3702, the state's gaming law. But controversy over child...

Massachusetts Gaming Commission hires executive director (05/02)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission hired a temporary executive director who helped draft H.3702, the state's gaming law. C. Stanley McGee has worked for Gov. Deval Patrick (D) since 2007. He helped write H.3702, as well...

Eastern Cherokees reject alcohol sales outside of casino (04/16)

Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians rejected an expansion of liquor sales on the reservation. Voters rejected three options: a tribal-run liquor store, liquor sales in restaurants and liquor sales in grocery stores....

Smoking allowed at Michigan casinos, tribal and non-Indian (03/29)

Michigan’s smoke-free law went into effect on May 1, 2010, but state-licensed gaming facilities are exempt, and the law doesn't cover tribal casinos due to lack of jurisdiction. Some tribes have gone smoke-free but that's...

Fond du Lac Band asked BIA to review casino arrangement (03/29)

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs to review a lease for its off-reservation casino in Duluth, Minnesota. Last year, the National Indian Gaming Commission ruled...

BIA threatens to cancel lease for Fond du Lac Band casino (03/28)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is threatening to cancel a lease affecting the off-reservation casino owned by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Minnesota. The lease is part of an...

Blog: NFL owners weigh new rules on casino ads at games (03/28)

"NFL owners still meeting in Florida may consider a relaxation of the league’s anti-gambling rules to permit advertisements for casinos in stadiums. Dan Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reported earlier this week that a vote could...

Smoking a deal breaker for Soo Tribe off-reservation casino (03/27)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians insisted on allowing smoking at its proposed off-reservation casino in Lansing, Michigan, according to Mayor Virg Bernero. Smoking is barred in public places in Michigan. But the...

IPR: Little River Band reaches agreement for union at casino (03/23)

"The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians announced today the tribe has entered into a collective bargaining agreement with the United Steelworkers Union. The agreement covers slot machine technicians at the Little River Casino Resort...

Kickapoo Tribe's court dismisses gaming termination lawsuit (03/22)

Two former gaming regulators for the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas saw their lawsuit dismissed last week. Fred Thomas and Nancy Bear were terminated from their positions on the Kickapoo Gaming Commission in July 2008. The...

All members named to Massachusetts Gaming Commission (03/21)

The final two members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission were named on Tuesday. The five members are Stephen Crosby, Gayle Cameron, Enrique Zuniga, James F. McHugh and Bruce Stebbins. Crosby is serving as chairman of...

Blog: An update on restructuring in Indian gaming industry (03/16)

"Over the last three months, three tribal gaming authorities have worked out consensual debt restructurings with lenders in situations that seemed destined for protracted legal battles, bringing investor attention back to the oft-maligned sector. Indeed,...

Connecticut tribes ask for change in liquor laws at casinos (03/12)

Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes are seeking changes in liquor laws that affect their gaming facilities. Under state law, the Mohegan Tribe and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation must clear all alcoholic beverages by 2am....

Tribes question efforts to regulate gambling on the Internet (03/07)

A panel at the iGaming North America Conference in Las Vegas discussed Internet gaming and tribes. Sheila Morago, the executive director of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, said online gaming could force tribes to renegotiate...

Report says Indian gaming industry showing signs of recovery (03/06)

Tribal casino revenues grew 1.3 percent in 2010, according to Casino City's Indian Gaming Industry Report. After the recession, tribal gaming revenues fell for the first time in 2009. But the industry is showing signs...

Hearing scheduled on Chumash Tribe's casino liquor license (02/21)

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control scheduled a three-day hearing on a liquor license at the casino owned by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. The hearing begins May 22. It will last...

State lawmaker to press charges for Seneca casino incident (02/20)

New York Sen. Mark Grisanti (R) said his wife will press charges in connection with an incident at a Seneca Nation casino. Maria Grisanti claims two women attacked her at the Seneca Niagara Casino...

Holland & Knight wins state contract for tribal gaming talks (02/17)

Holland & Knight, a law and lobbying firm with tribal gaming clients, has won a contract to help Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) with gaming compact negotiations. The firm, whose 2011 clients included the National...

Ho-Chunk Nation promotes off-reservation gaming with site (02/16)

The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin has launched goodforbeloit.org to promote its off-reservation casino. The tribe wants to build a $150 million to $200 million facility in Beloit. The project would include a 45,000-square-foot casino, a...

Fitch Ratings releases new report on off-reservation gaming (02/13)

Fitch Ratings has released a new report that looks at off-reservation gaming under the Obama administration. According to the report, President Barack Obama is more open to off-reservation gaming. “The regulatory headwinds for off-reservation gaming...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee takes up Internet gaming (02/10)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing on Thursday to discuss Internet gaming. Last year, the Department of Justice released an opinion that appeared to clear the way for states to offer all forms...

Witness list for SCIA hearing on Internet gaming and tribes (02/09)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a hearing this afternoon on Internet gaming. The committee will discuss a recent opinion from the Department of Justice that could impact tribal rights. The witness list follows:...

Minnesota agency promises inspections at tribal casinos (02/02)

The Minnesota House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee held a hearing on Wednesday to discuss Indian gaming regulation. Michele Tuchner, the new director of the state's Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement division,...

Mohawk group won't close casino deemed illegal by tribe (02/02)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York ordered the closure of an "unauthorized gaming establishment" on the reservation last month but the facility remains open. The tribe said the Three Feathers Casino was not...

Hearing planned on Chumash Tribe's casino liquor license (02/02)

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control plans to hold a hearing on a liquor license at the casino owned by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. The tribe is seeking to expand the...

Hearing planned on regulation of tribal casinos in Minnesota (01/26)

Minnesota lawmakers are planning hearings to discuss the state's regulation of tribal casinos. The state's Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement division confirmed that it hasn't performed inspections at some of the largest casinos in years. Lawmakers...

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe seeks closure of unauthorized casino (01/26)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York ordered the closure of an "unauthorized gaming establishment" on the reservation. The Three Feathers Casino opened last summer. It is not licensed by the tribal gaming commission....

Minnesota agency to step up reviews of tribal casino facilities (01/23)

Minnesota's Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement division plans to step up its regulation of tribal casinos in response to reports that show little to no oversight within the past few years. "We've kind of been a...

Kickapoo Tribe wants city to annex site of proposed casino (01/19)

The Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma is seeking to open another casino. The tribe is planning to build on 59 acres of trust land near Shawnee. The tribe has asked the city to annex the property...

Eastern Cherokees plan for vote on alcohol outside of casino (01/18)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is preparing for an April 15 vote that will determine whether alcohol sales will be allowed across the reservation. Currently, alcohol sales are limited to the Harrah's Cherokee Casino....

Justice Department opinion adds to debate on Internet gaming (01/05)

A legal opinion from the Department of Justice is stirring the already-complicated debate over Internet gaming. The opinion essentially allows state governments to use the Internet to sell lottery tickets. That could mean tribes will...

GGB: Gary Pitchlynn fighting for gaming rights of tribal clients (01/03)

"Tribal attorney Gary Pitchlynn has spent most of his career helping Indians find equal footing in the casino industry. The self-described “half-breed” (his father was Choctaw) was among the first to take on the National...
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