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Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe overcomes hurdles with casino planFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe overcomes hurdles with casino plan (05/02)
Yet another obstacle -- in the form of a lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs -- might be losing financial support.

Cloverdale Rancheria wins approval of casino land-into-trust bidFiled Under: California | Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions
Cloverdale Rancheria wins approval of casino land-into-trust bid (05/02)
The decision comes two years after the final environmental impact statement was issued and nearly eight years after the process formally began.

Timbisha Shoshone Tribe sees warmer reception to casino bidFiled Under: California | Casino Stalker | Meetings
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe sees warmer reception to casino bid (04/29)
A large group of advocates listened to Chairman George Gholson explain why the tribe is pursuing a development more than 130 miles from its headquarters.

Timbisha Shoshone Tribe sees casino as a path to self-sufficiencyFiled Under: California | Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions | Legislation
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe sees casino as a path to self-sufficiency (04/28)
The tribe has a reservation in Death Valley National Park but living conditions there can be difficult and development options are extremely limited.

Fond du Lac Band won't confirm plan for site adjacent to casinoFiled Under: Land Acquisitions | Litigation | NIGC
Fond du Lac Band won't confirm plan for site adjacent to casino (04/27)
The footprint of the Fond-du-Luth Casino in Duluth, Minnesota, is about to grow with approval of a land-into-trust application.

Connecticut tribes delay decision on potential casino until 2017Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Connecticut
Connecticut tribes delay decision on potential casino until 2017 (04/27)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe had insisted they could move quickly in order to counteract competition from neighboring Massachusetts.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe disputes rival's casino market studyFiled Under: Openings and Closings | Regulation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe disputes rival's casino market study (04/26)
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to decide whether to move forward with a project less than 20 miles from the tribe's site.

Coquille Tribe succeeds with complaint against state lottery adsFiled Under: Public Relations
Coquille Tribe succeeds with complaint against state lottery ads (04/26)
It's the end of the trail for an ill-conceived Lewis and Clark-themed advertising campaign in Oregon.

Timbisha Shoshone Tribe off-reservation casino bid stirs debateFiled Under: California | Casino Stalker | Meetings
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe off-reservation casino bid stirs debate (04/26)
The project, which is generating significant discussion online, is the subject of a special town hall in Ridgecrest, California.

Oglala Sioux Tribe wins approval for new Class III gaming compactFiled Under: Compacts | Federal Register
Oglala Sioux Tribe wins approval for new Class III gaming compact (04/25)
The tribe is now able to offer craps, keno and roulette following voter approval of a gaming initiative in South Dakota.

Pokagon Band touts $248M in economic impacts fueled by gaming enterpriseFiled Under: Public Relations
Pokagon Band touts $248M in economic impacts fueled by gaming enterprise (04/25)
Gaming has been good for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the tribe's surrounding communities in Michigan and Indiana.

Critics cite God in opposing Timbisha Shoshone Tribe casino planFiled Under: California | Casino Stalker | Meetings
Critics cite God in opposing Timbisha Shoshone Tribe casino plan (04/22)
One pastor asked: 'Do we want to risk the displeasure of God for $395,000 a year?'

Timbisha Shoshone Tribe sees opposition to off-reservation casinoFiled Under: California | Casino Stalker
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe sees opposition to off-reservation casino (04/21)
Officials delayed consideration of a municipal services agreement due to opposition voiced by residents in Ridgecrest, California.

Coquille Tribe slams 'Lewis and Clark' campaign for Oregon LotteryFiled Under: Openings and Closings | Public Relations
Coquille Tribe slams 'Lewis and Clark' campaign for Oregon Lottery (04/20)
The spots depict explorers Lewis and Clark, and even an animated bear, 'discovering' gaming machines in the wild

Timbisha Shoshone Tribe seeks off-reservation casino agreementFiled Under: California | Casino Stalker
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe seeks off-reservation casino agreement (04/19)
The tribe is looking at a site in Ridgecrest, more than 130 miles from its headquarters in Bishop, California.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community revives off-reservation casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community revives off-reservation casino (04/19)
The tribe wants to relocate the Ojibwa Casino in Marquette. Michigan, to a site that's actually closer to its reservation.

Menominee Nation wins decision to join rival tribe's gaming caseFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Compacts | Litigation
Menominee Nation wins decision to join rival tribe's gaming case (04/19)
The Menominee Nation and the Forest County Potawatomi Community continue to battle over a controversial off-reservation casino in Wisconsin.

Coquille Tribe questions opposition to new Class II gaming facilityFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions
Coquille Tribe questions opposition to new Class II gaming facility (04/14)
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) is urging the Bureau of Indian Affairs to reject the land-into-trust application for the proposed casino.

Pokagon Band wins local support for Indiana casino agreementFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Pokagon Band wins local support for Indiana casino agreement (04/12)
The memorandum of understanding calls on the city of South Bend to support the tribe's land-into-trust application.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe moves full steam ahead with casinoFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe moves full steam ahead with casino (04/12)
The long-awaited $1 billion First Light Resort and Casino in Massachusetts is due to open in the summer of 2017.

Gun Lake Tribe to nearly double size of casino with $76M projectFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Gun Lake Tribe to nearly double size of casino with $76M project (04/12)
The addition to the Gun Lake Casino in Michigan will debut in the summer of 2017.

Enterprise Rancheria shares $811K as casino work finally beginsFiled Under: California | Openings and Closings
Enterprise Rancheria shares $811K as casino work finally begins (04/11)
The Fire Mountain Casino is still about a year away from local communities are already benefiting from the long-awaited project.

Gun Lake Tribe offers update on expansion at casino in MichiganFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Gun Lake Tribe offers update on expansion at casino in Michigan (04/08)
The tribe is adding more jobs and new options to the Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, Michigan.

Cowlitz Tribe accuses county of threatening casino site workersFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Cowlitz Tribe accuses county of threatening casino site workers (04/08)
Construction is progressing quickly on the tribe's reservation but officials in Clark County, Washington, aren't happy about it.

Iowa Tribe seeks decision in favor of PokerTribe.Com gaming siteFiled Under: Compacts | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Iowa Tribe seeks decision in favor of PokerTribe.Com gaming site (04/07)
The state of Oklahoma won't oppose the certification of an arbitration award that said gaming website was permissible under the Class III gaming compact.

Two more Class III gaming compacts in New Mexico go into effectFiled Under: Compacts | Federal Register
Two more Class III gaming compacts in New Mexico go into effect (04/05)
The Land of Enchantment is now home to 15 tribes with 'deemed approved' agreements, the most of any state in the nation.

Bureau of Indian Affairs still moves slowly on casino applicationsFiled Under: California | Land Acquisitions | NIGC | New York
Bureau of Indian Affairs still moves slowly on casino applications (04/01)
Only 67 gaming acquisitions have been approved since the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act became law in 1988.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe confirms groundbreaking for casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe confirms groundbreaking for casino (03/30)
Work on the First Light Resort and Casino will begin April 5 and the first phase of the $1 billion project is due to open in the summer of 2017.

North Fork Rancheria blasts rival tribes over anti-casino effortsFiled Under: California | Casino Stalker | Legislation
North Fork Rancheria blasts rival tribes over anti-casino efforts (03/30)
A Republican Congressman confirmed that discussions are underway for a bill that could block the new development.

Tohono O'odham Nation wins yet another decision on new casinoFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation wins yet another decision on new casino (03/29)
The ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals again confirms the legality of the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino and Resort, which opened in December 2015.

Rival casino opposed by Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits fate Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Openings and Closings | Regulation
Rival casino opposed by Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits fate (03/29)
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to make a decision on the rival project in late April.

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation waits for ruling on Illinois casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation waits for ruling on Illinois casino (03/29)
The tribe acquired 128 acres within the historic Shab-eh-nay Reservation in Illinois but is still going through the land-into-trust process for the site.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and rival spar over potential casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Compacts | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and rival spar over potential casino (03/25)
A lot is at stake as the tribe prepares to break ground on the long-awaited First Light Resort and Casino in a matter of weeks.

Chukchansi Tribe still trying to block North Fork Rancheria casinoFiled Under: California | Casino Stalker | Compacts | Litigation
Chukchansi Tribe still trying to block North Fork Rancheria casino (03/25)
A 14-month casino shutdown hasn't made the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians more sympathetic to the gaming dreams of one of its fellow California tribes.

Pokagon Band reaches two agreements for casino site in IndianaFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions
Pokagon Band reaches two agreements for casino site in Indiana (03/23)
The tribe is addressing sewer and water services, along with payments in lieu of property taxes, at its 166-acre land-into-trust in South Bend, Indiana.

Leader of Sault Tribe vows push for off-reservation gaming bidsFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Leader of Sault Tribe vows push for off-reservation gaming bids (03/22)
The Michigan tribe filed two land-into-trust applications in June 2014 but the Bureau of Indian Affairs has not made a decision,

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe responds to doubts on gaming planFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Openings and Closings | Regulation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe responds to doubts on gaming plan (03/22)
A lawsuit won't deter a groundbreaking on the First Light Resort and Casino and a gaming giant has stepped up with enough financing to finish the first phase by the summer of 2017.

Appeals court in D.C. hears closely watched land-into-trust caseFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Appeals court in D.C. hears closely watched land-into-trust case (03/18)
The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington wants to join the Indian gaming industry but the Grand Ronde Tribes in neighboring Oregon hopes that doesn't happen.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits word on rival casino projectFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation | Openings and Closings | Regulation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits word on rival casino project (03/18)
The tribe plans to break ground on the First Light Casino and Resort in early April as Massachusetts regulators debate whether to approve a rival project less than 20 miles away.

Judge backs BIA in long-running Buena Vista Band gaming fightFiled Under: California | Casino Stalker | Litigation
Judge backs BIA in long-running Buena Vista Band gaming fight (03/17)
The northern California tribe has been trying to build a casino for more than 10 years but has been hindered by legal challenges.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe not worried about casino site lawsuitFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe not worried about casino site lawsuit (03/17)
The Massachusetts tribe plans to break ground on the First Light Resort and Casino in April and open the first phase in the summer of 2017.

Seneca Nation faces fire over gas station and store at casino siteFiled Under: New York | Openings and Closings
Seneca Nation faces fire over gas station and store at casino site (03/15)
Some local officials and business leaders in Niagara Falls, New York, are worried about lower gasoline and tobacco prices.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announces opening of casino in 2017Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announces opening of casino in 2017 (03/15)
The First Light Resort and Casino in Taunton will beat commercial projects elsewhere in Massachusetts by more than a year if the timetable holds.

Lytton Band acquires property adjacent to off-reservation casinoFiled Under: California | Land Acquisitions | Legislation
Lytton Band acquires property adjacent to off-reservation casino (03/14)
The tribe hasn't said whether it will seek to have the land placed in trust amid controversy over development plans in a nearby county.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe continues work on Class III gaming compactFiled Under: Compacts | Federal Register
Rosebud Sioux Tribe continues work on Class III gaming compact (03/10)
The tribe and the state have been negotiating for at least a year but have been unable to finalize a new agreement.

Connecticut tribes oppose further study of proposed third casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Connecticut | Litigation
Connecticut tribes oppose further study of proposed third casino (03/10)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe already warned of significant job and revenue losses due to increased competition in New England.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe foes remain confident as casino moves forwardFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe foes remain confident as casino moves forward (03/09)
Opponents are being financed by a non-Indian billionaire who happens to be seeking approval to build a commercial gaming facility in Massachusetts.

Schaghticoke Tribal Nation hires federal recognition foe for gaming lawsuitFiled Under: Connecticut | Litigation
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation hires federal recognition foe for gaming lawsuit (03/08)
Chief Richard Velky is working not only with a non-Indian gaming company but with former Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Connecticut), who was a critic of the tribe's federal recognition effort.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to break ground on long-awaited casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to break ground on long-awaited casino (03/08)
Chairman Cedric Cromwell said a ceremony could take place April 5. Three firms have already been hired to start the work.

Opponents of Cowlitz Tribe ask judge to put a stop to casino workFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Opponents of Cowlitz Tribe ask judge to put a stop to casino work (03/04)
Construction is proceeding quickly on the $500 million Cowlitz Casino Project and an injunction would pose a major setback to the tribe.

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