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Supreme Court declines to hear yet another Indian Country caseFiled Under: Connecticut | Litigation
Supreme Court declines to hear yet another Indian Country case
Posted: April 17, 2017
In a positive move for tribal interests, the nation's highest court refused to reopen a lawsuit that targeted the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

Meskwaki Tribe ordered to pay damages for incident at casinoFiled Under: Litigation
Meskwaki Tribe ordered to pay damages for incident at casino
Posted: February 23, 2017
The tribe contended it was protected by sovereign immunity in small claims court in Iowa.

Supreme Court hears argument in lone Indian law case on docketFiled Under: Connecticut | Litigation
Supreme Court hears argument in lone Indian law case on docket
Posted: January 9, 2017
The justices are trying to determine whether an employee of the Mohegan Tribe enjoys sovereign immunity.

Supreme Court schedules oral argument in tribal immunity caseFiled Under: Connecticut | Litigation
Supreme Court schedules oral argument in tribal immunity case
Posted: December 6, 2016
The justices will hear the dispute in Lewis v. Clarke on January 9, 2017.

Bay Mills Indian Community plans to reopen controversial casinoFiled Under: Land Acquisitions | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Bay Mills Indian Community plans to reopen controversial casino
Posted: November 21, 2016
More than two years after winning a major decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Michigan tribe appears to reviving the project.

Matthew Fletcher: Supreme Court case poses new risks to tribesFiled Under: Litigation | Opinion
Matthew Fletcher: Supreme Court case poses new risks to tribes
Posted: November 14, 2016
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case that will rule on the the limits of legal immunity of tribes and their employees.

Ex-employee of Shakopee Tribe loses case over assault at casinoFiled Under: Litigation | Public Relations
Ex-employee of Shakopee Tribe loses case over assault at casino
Posted: October 13, 2016
The employee was groped and forcibly kissed by a patron at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.

Supreme Court opens new term with tribal immunity on the docketFiled Under: Business Deals | Connecticut | Litigation
Supreme Court opens new term with tribal immunity on the docket
Posted: October 4, 2016
Only one Indian law case is on the docket so far, a big change from last year's explosive session.

Supreme Court accepts case involving Mohegan Tribe casino employeeFiled Under: Connecticut | Litigation
Supreme Court accepts case involving Mohegan Tribe casino employee
Posted: September 29, 2016
The justices will consider a big question: Does the tribe's sovereign immunity extend to an employee of the tribe's casino?

Yankton Sioux Tribe getting closer to new Class III gaming compactFiled Under: Compacts
Yankton Sioux Tribe getting closer to new Class III gaming compact
Posted: August 11, 2016
The tribe plans to double the number of slot machines at the Fort Randall Casino, bringing the total to 500 devices.

Pechanga Band ordered to pay $2.8M for woman's fall at casinoFiled Under: California
Pechanga Band ordered to pay $2.8M for woman's fall at casino
Posted: July 11, 2016
Suzanne Naruko was injured at the Pechanga Resort & Casino and has been unable to work ever since.

Judge focuses on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino decisionFiled Under: Land Acquisitions | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Judge focuses on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino decision
Posted: June 30, 2016
Opponents argue that the casino site in Massachusetts should not have been placed in trust as a result of the Supreme Court's decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino foes lose big source of fundingFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino foes lose big source of funding
Posted: June 28, 2016
A non-Indian gaming developer stopped contributing to the lawsuit but a lead plaintiff vows to see the battle through.

Choctaw Nation offered settlements in fatal casino bus accidentFiled Under: Litigation
Choctaw Nation offered settlements in fatal casino bus accident
Posted: May 4, 2016
The $75,000 that was offered to settle two lawsuits pales in comparison to the $10.9 million that the tribe was ordered to pay by a jury in Texas.

Choctaw Nation ordered to pay $11M for casino bus crash deathsFiled Under: Litigation | Public Relations
Choctaw Nation ordered to pay $11M for casino bus crash deaths
Posted: May 3, 2016
The tribe plans to appeal after being held liable for a fatal bus accident that occurred in Texas in April 2013.

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
Posted: March 29, 2016
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to make a decision on the rival project in late April.

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
Posted: March 25, 2016
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.

California asks Supreme Court to hear Pauma Band compact caseFiled Under: California | Compacts | Litigation
California asks Supreme Court to hear Pauma Band compact case
Posted: March 21, 2016
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the state to pay $36.2 million to the tribe for misrepresentations during the Class III negotiation process.

Mohegan Tribe casino worker wins case due to sovereign immunityFiled Under: Connecticut | Litigation
Mohegan Tribe casino worker wins case due to sovereign immunity
Posted: March 8, 2016
A limousine driver at Mohegan Sun was acting within his official duties at the time of an October 2011 accident so he can't be sued without his consent.

Quapaw Tribe concedes loss in casino compact lawsuit in KansasFiled Under: Compacts | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Quapaw Tribe concedes loss in casino compact lawsuit in Kansas
Posted: March 2, 2016
The state has asserted sovereign immunity and the tribe agrees that its lawsuit should be dismissed.

Cowlitz Tribe included waiver of immunity in old casino agreementFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Cowlitz Tribe included waiver of immunity in old casino agreement
Posted: March 1, 2016
The memorandum of understanding would have allowed the tribe to be sued for alleged violations but it can't be enforced because it was invalidated.

Seminole Tribe wins ruling in employment case due to immunityFiled Under: Litigation
Seminole Tribe wins ruling in employment case due to immunity
Posted: February 25, 2016
A former casino employee tried to argue that the tribe has never been federally recognized.

Kialegee Tribal Town stays quiet as failed casino sits unfinished Filed Under: Casino Stalker | NIGC
Kialegee Tribal Town stays quiet as failed casino sits unfinished
Posted: February 12, 2016
The tribe started building the Red Clay Casino on an Indian allotment in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, but faced strong local opposition.

Quapaw Tribe sues Kansas to force gaming compact negotiationsFiled Under: Compacts | Litigation
Quapaw Tribe sues Kansas to force gaming compact negotiations
Posted: January 20, 2016
The tribe plans to expand the Downstream Casino Resort onto its trust land in Kansas but needs a compact in order to offer slot machines and other Class III games.

Kansas appeals ruling in Quapaw Tribe casino expansion lawsuitFiled Under: Land Acquisitions | Litigation | NIGC
Kansas appeals ruling in Quapaw Tribe casino expansion lawsuit
Posted: January 19, 2016
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will be hearing a dispute that tests the $15 million expansion of the Downstream Casino Resort.

Quapaw Tribe secures dismissal of lawsuit over casino site in KansasFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions | Litigation | NIGC
Quapaw Tribe secures dismissal of lawsuit over casino site in Kansas
Posted: December 18, 2015
The tribe plans to spend $15 million to expand the Downstream Casino Resort onto trust land in Kansas.

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe casino employees face suit for fatal crashFiled Under: Litigation
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe casino employees face suit for fatal crash
Posted: December 17, 2015
The lawsuit accuses a bartender and two security guards at the Paragon Casino Resort of negligence in connection with a drunken-driving accident in July 2013.

Pauma Band wins dispute over $36.2M in gaming compact overpaymentsFiled Under: California | Compacts | Litigation
Pauma Band wins dispute over $36.2M in gaming compact overpayments
Posted: October 26, 2015
The tribe was paying a higher revenue sharing rate despite not being able to add more gaming machines to its casino.

Supreme Court declines to hear appeals in two gaming casesFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Compacts | Litigation
Supreme Court declines to hear appeals in two gaming cases
Posted: October 6, 2015
The states of Oklahoma and Wisconsin were handed defeat by the justices as they opened their October 2015 term.

California tribes convince court to depublish immunity decisionFiled Under: California | Litigation
California tribes convince court to depublish immunity decision
Posted: September 24, 2015
Tribes across the state raised alarms when an appeals court opened gaming commissioners for the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians to a lawsuit.

Sault Tribe faces hurdles with off-reservation gaming projectsFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Compacts | Land Acquisitions | Litigation
Sault Tribe faces hurdles with off-reservation gaming projects
Posted: September 18, 2015
More lawsuits are expected if the Bureau of Indian Affairs ever approves the tribe's land-into-trust applications.

Sault Tribe wins dismissal of off-reservation gaming litigationFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions | Litigation
Sault Tribe wins dismissal of off-reservation gaming litigation
Posted: September 17, 2015
The tribe wants to build a $245 million casino in Lansing, Michigan, on property that was acquired in connection with a land claim settlement.

Poarch Creeks secure major ruling in gaming dispute in AlabamaFiled Under: Litigation
Poarch Creeks secure major ruling in gaming dispute in Alabama
Posted: September 3, 2015
The state's attempt to dispute the legality of land placed in trust for the tribe in the 1990s was rejected by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in a unanimous decision.

Supreme Court takes up petition in Kialegee Tribal Town disputeFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Supreme Court takes up petition in Kialegee Tribal Town dispute
Posted: September 1, 2015
The battle began when the tribe announced plans to open a gaming facility on an Indian allotment near Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Guidiville Band and gaming partner ordered to pay $1.9M in feesFiled Under: Business Deals | California | Casino Stalker | Litigation
Guidiville Band and gaming partner ordered to pay $1.9M in fees
Posted: August 20, 2015
The tribe is suing the city of Richmond and the federal government over a failed casino project at Point Molate.

MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians back in court in gaming caseFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians back in court in gaming case
Posted: August 14, 2015
The state of Alabama is seeking to demolish 50 machines seized from a short-lived casino on the tribe's reservation.

Quapaw Tribe denies claim of work on Kansas casino expansionFiled Under: Litigation | NIGC | Openings and Closings
Quapaw Tribe denies claim of work on Kansas casino expansion
Posted: August 5, 2015
Equipment seen at the Downstream Casino Resort was there for carpet replacement, not for construction.

Arizona claims immunity in Tohono O'odham Nation casino caseFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Arizona claims immunity in Tohono O'odham Nation casino case
Posted: August 3, 2015
Gov. Doug Ducey (R), Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Department of Gaming Director Daniel Bergin filed motions to dismiss the new lawsuit.

Coeur d'Alene Tribe weighs options after losing poker rulingFiled Under: Compacts | Litigation
Coeur d'Alene Tribe weighs options after losing poker ruling
Posted: July 23, 2015
A rehearing before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals or a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court are possible.

Chumash Tribe defeats lawsuit that sought to halt casino expansionFiled Under: California | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Chumash Tribe defeats lawsuit that sought to halt casino expansion
Posted: July 7, 2015
The tribe is spending $160 million to add a 12-story hotel tower with 215 rooms and other amenities to the Chumash Casino Resort.

Court allows lawsuit for incident at Tonto Apache Tribe casinoFiled Under: Litigation | Regulation
Court allows lawsuit for incident at Tonto Apache Tribe casino
Posted: July 1, 2015
Three gamblers who won large sums of money at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino claim their earnings were stolen.

Sault Tribe protected by sovereign immunity in casino disputeFiled Under: Business Deals | Litigation
Sault Tribe protected by sovereign immunity in casino dispute
Posted: June 30, 2015
Congress did not waive tribal sovereign immunity in bankruptcy proceedings, a federal judge ruled earlier this month.

Mohegan Tribe's casino employee faces lawsuit over accidentFiled Under: Connecticut | Litigation
Mohegan Tribe's casino employee faces lawsuit over accident
Posted: June 23, 2015
The dispute stems from an October 2011 incident in which a limousine driven by a Mohegan Sun employee struck another vehicle.

Nooksack Tribe owes more than $20.7M for unpaid casino loanFiled Under: Business Deals | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Nooksack Tribe owes more than $20.7M for unpaid casino loan
Posted: June 22, 2015
The tribe might be forced to close the Nooksack River Casino after losing a series of rulings in the case.

California tribes support Pechanga Band in gaming immunity suitFiled Under: California | Litigation
California tribes support Pechanga Band in gaming immunity suit
Posted: June 19, 2015
A former employee won the right to sue the tribe's gaming regulators but the decision is being questioned.

Mohegan Tribe settles suit from injured casino patron for $775KFiled Under: Connecticut | Litigation
Mohegan Tribe settles suit from injured casino patron for $775K
Posted: June 19, 2015
Salvatore Vizzo was injured while riding in a limousine driven by an employee at Mohegan Sun.

Sault Tribe confident of victory in off-reservation gaming caseFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Sault Tribe confident of victory in off-reservation gaming case
Posted: June 18, 2015
The state hopes to block the Kewadin Lansing Casino by suing individual tribal leaders rather than the tribe itself.

Quapaw Tribe requests dismissal of lawsuit over casino expansionFiled Under: Litigation | NIGC
Quapaw Tribe requests dismissal of lawsuit over casino expansion
Posted: June 16, 2015
The tribe and its leaders are claiming sovereign immunity in a lawsuit filed by the state of Kansas.

Kansas seeks more time to respond in Quapaw Tribe casino caseFiled Under: Litigation | NIGC | Openings and Closings
Kansas seeks more time to respond in Quapaw Tribe casino case
Posted: June 5, 2015
Attorney General Derek Schmidt said he needs to conduct 'extensive' legal research amid a looming furlough for state employees.

NIGC seeks dismissal of suit over Quapaw Tribe casino expansionFiled Under: Litigation | NIGC | Openings and Closings
NIGC seeks dismissal of suit over Quapaw Tribe casino expansion
Posted: June 3, 2015
The state of Kansas is trying to stop the tribe from moving forward with a $15 million expansion of the Downstream Casino Resort.

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