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Filed Under: Casino Stalker
Salt River Tribe concerned about Tohono O'odham Nation casino (10/22)
Salt River President Diane Enos said there are only so many customers to go around.

Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Legislation
Rivals funded DC trips to oppose Tohono O'odham Nation casino (09/30)
The Gila River Indian Community and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community picked up the tab for local officials.

Filed Under: California | Casino Stalker | Compacts
Another tribe joins fight against North Fork Rancheria compact (09/23)
The United Auburn Indian Community donated $100,000 to help defeat the North Fork Rancheria's off-reservation casino.

Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Legislation
Rival tribe spends big in fight over Tohono O'odham Nation casino (08/25)
The Gila River Indian Community is spending big in Washington, D.C., in its fight against the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino.

Filed Under: Opinion
Aaron Payment: Story missed the boat on Soo Tribe gaming bid (08/18)
Aaron Payment, the chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, offers tribal perspective on off-reservation gaming plans.

Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Regulation
Tribes outspent in lobbying race over casinos in Massachusetts (07/15)
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe spent $1.65 million but non-Indian interests spent far more.

Filed Under: Legislation
Blog: Don't place any bets on Internet gaming bills in Congress (05/13)
Tribes are all over the place on Internet gaming, OpenSecrets reports.

Filed Under: California | Opinion
Column: Billionaire gaming mogul tries to stop online wagering (05/05)
Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has vowed to spend whatever it takes to stop Internet gaming.

Filed Under: Legislation | Regulation
Center: Billions at stake in costly debate over Internet gambling (04/15)
The Center for Public Integrity reports on the high-stakes battle over Internet gambling.

Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Contracts to fight Tohono O'odham Nation casino cost millions (04/08)
The city of Glendale, Arizona, spent millions of dollars to fight the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino and most of the contracts were approved without city council approval or open debate.

Filed Under: Legislation
Casino mogul plans to spend millions to battle Internet gaming (03/26)
Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has vowed to spend 'whatever it takes' to impose a ban on Internet gaming.

Filed Under: Business Deals | Regulation
Non-Indian firms play both sides in commercial gaming industry (02/21)
As more and more states expand gambling options, they are relying on consulting firms to help them write regulations and review casino applicants.

Filed Under: California | Opinion
Opinion: Tribes spreading fear about non-Indian card clubs (06/13)
Owners of a non-Indian card club says gaming tribes in northern California are misleading voters: Every day, giant exhaust-spewing buses roll into San Jose neighborhoods, pick up San Jose residents -- most of them elderly and on fixed incomes --...

Filed Under: California | Compacts
Vote delayed on gaming compact for North Fork Rancheria (05/22)
A final vote on a Class III gaming compact for the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians in California has been put off until next week, The Sacramento Bee reports. The state Senate was due to vote on the compact...

Filed Under: California | Casino Stalker | Compacts
North Fork Rancheria's off-reservation compact due for vote (05/21)
A Class III gaming compact for the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians in California could get a final vote on Friday, The Sacramento Bee reports. The compact has been controversial, with opposition coming from tribes with existing gaming facilities....

Filed Under: Casino Stalker
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe tops list of casino lobbying in 2012 (02/21)
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts ramped up its lobbying expenditures in 2012 even as the rest of the gaming industry spent less, the Associated Press reports. The tribe spent more than double the $277,000 from 2011, the AP reported....

Filed Under: California | Opinion
Editorial: Lessons learned from tribes and the casino industry (02/01)
"Indian tribes are an important part of the Coachella Valley. They are part of our history and a key ingredient in the success of our tourism industry. An iSun investigation published in The Desert Sun this week tells the story...

Filed Under: Casino Stalker
More than $3.8M spent on Tohono O'odham casino lobbying (01/29)
More than $2.6 million was spent on lobbying for and against the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino, according to The Arizona Republic. Most of the spending was by the Gila River Indian Community. The tribe opposes the casino and spent...

Filed Under: California
Tribes in California spent $4.8M on Internet poker lobbying (01/28)
The five largest gaming tribes in California spent $4.8 million in the last two years, mostly on Internet poker legislation, The Palm Springs Desert Sun reports. Tribes were on both sides of the issue. Some were part of a consortium...

Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Connecticut
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe spends big for gaming lobbyists (01/22)
Gaming interests spent $1.1 million on lobbyists last year, The Boston Herald reports, with Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe accounting for the largest share. The tribe spent more than $500,000 on several lobbyist, the paper said. One was former Rep. William Delahunt,...

Filed Under: Legislation
Sen. Reid tried to move bill to help Texas tribes with gaming (01/15)
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada), the Senate majority leader, tried to move a bill that would help tribes in Texas open gaming facilities. Reid tried to "hotline" the bill on December 18, 2012, Politico reports. Republicans objected and the measure never...

Filed Under: California | Casino Stalker
City hires lobbyist for Los Coyotes Band off-reservation casino (09/25)
The city of Barstow, California, has a hired a lobbyist to help gain approval of an off-reservation casino for the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians. The lobbyist, Joe A. Gonsalves & Son, will work at the state...

Filed Under: Legislation
Poker Players Alliance pushing Congress to allow online gaming (07/30)
The Poker Players Alliance is hoping to convince Congress to legalize Internet poker games. The organization counts 1.2 million members. One of its lobbyists, former Congressman Jon Porter of Nevada, testified before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee last Thursday. "We...

Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Compacts
Vote on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Class III compact delayed (07/25)
The Massachusetts Senate again failed to vote on a Class III gaming compact for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The latest delay wasn't explained but some lawmakers from the southeastern part of the state, where the casino would be located, have...

Filed Under: Legislation
Gaming interests spent $11.4M for Massachusetts lobbying (02/21)
Over the last five years, gaming interests spent $11.4 million on lobbying in Massachusetts, according to the Associated Press. The biggest spenders were non-Indian gaming companies. For example, the Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, which operates a racetrack, spent $2.8 million, the...

Filed Under: Compacts | Legislation | Regulation
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 Indian Gaming Association and the...

Filed Under: Casino Stalker
Lobbyist helps Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe with casino sites (02/13)
Lobbyist William Delahunt, a former Congressman, is helping the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe scout casino sites. Delahunt has been working for the tribe since early 2011. He met with the mayor of Taunton to discuss putting a casino there, The Brockton...

Filed Under: Opinion
Opinion: Lobbyists always win when it comes to tribal gaming (02/09)
"One of the issues discussed in my new essay on the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is the lobbying by groups of American Indians seeking official tribal status. The BIA has the power to confer tribal status, and it does...

Filed Under: Public Relations
Abramoff brags about protecting Mississippi Choctaw casino (11/09)
In his new book, convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff says the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians paid him $20 million to protect its gaming market. Abramoff said the tribe was threatened by gaming in neighboring Alabama. That included the Poarch...

Filed Under: New York
Non-Indian gaming interests spending big on lobbying (10/31)
Non-Indian gaming interests have already spent more than $2 million on lobbying in New York and they plan to spend even more next year. Genting, a Malaysian gaming firm with ties to tribes in other states, has already spent $1...

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