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Connecticut tribes welcome court decision favoring new casino law
Casino Stalker | Connecticut | Legislation | Litigation
Connecticut tribes welcome court decision favoring new casino law (June 22, 2017)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are praising a federal court decision in favor of a law that paved the way for their new casino in Connecticut.

Open Secrets: Indian gaming battles make for well-fed lobbyists
Legislation | Litigation | Public Relations
Open Secrets: Indian gaming battles make for well-fed lobbyists (June 1, 2017)
Spending on lobbying by gaming tribes hit a record high of more than $26.5 million in 2015, the same year that tribal gaming revenues experienced their highest growth in recent years.

Donald Trump hired firm to lobby for tribal casino deal in Florida
Business Deals | Compacts
Donald Trump hired firm to lobby for tribal casino deal in Florida (September 29, 2016)
Seven Arrows was paid to push for a deal with the Seminole Tribe but also was reimbursed for a potentially illegal trip to Cuba, Newsweek reports.

Tim Steller: Money motivates Tohono O'odham Nation casino spat
Opinion
Tim Steller: Money motivates Tohono O'odham Nation casino spat (June 8, 2016)
The state administration elected with the help of Phoenix-area tribes is defending its interests against a Tucson-area tribe that opposed this administration’s election.

Tohono O'odham Nation still fighting anti-casino bill on Capitol Hill
Legislation | Openings & Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation still fighting anti-casino bill on Capitol Hill (May 11, 2016)
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona) is angling to bring H.R.308, the Keep the Promise Act, back up for a vote in the House.

Arizona tribes continue to spend big in DC amid fight over casino
Legislation
Arizona tribes continue to spend big in DC amid fight over casino (April 25, 2016)
The Gila River Indian Community spent $690,000 on one lobbying firm while the Tohono O'odham Nation spent $430,000.

Poarch Band lobbies Florida lawmakers with trip to Alabama casino
Compacts
Poarch Band lobbies Florida lawmakers with trip to Alabama casino (January 25, 2016)
The tribe hosted five members of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus at the Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Atmore.

Tohono O'odham Nation secures major victory in casino fight
Legislation | Openings & Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation secures major victory in casino fight (November 17, 2015)
A bill to prevent the tribe from using its trust land for a casino suffered a humiliating defeat on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Edward Manuel: Tohono O'odham Nation creates opportunity
Legislation | Opinion
Edward Manuel: Tohono O'odham Nation creates opportunity (November 13, 2015)
If passed, H.R. 308 will not only renege on the United States' promises to the Tohono O'odham Nation, it will hand pink slips to the 1,800 men and women working on site.

Melanie Sloan: An expensive battle over a new tribal casino
Legislation | Opinion
Melanie Sloan: An expensive battle over a new tribal casino (November 13, 2015)
Tribes are showering Washington politicians with campaign cash in an effort to beat down rival nations.

Ietan admits tribes met with Sen. Feinstein to discuss gaming
California | Legislation
Ietan admits tribes met with Sen. Feinstein to discuss gaming (October 30, 2015)
The California Democrat has been seen as hindering efforts to fix the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.

Tohono O'odham Nation sets December 20 opening for casino
Legislation | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation sets December 20 opening for casino (October 30, 2015)
After nearly six years of contentious litigation and high-stakes lobbying, the West Valley Resort in Glendale, Arizona, is almost here.

GOP still working on bill to block Tohono O'odham Nation casino
Legislation | Openings & Closings
GOP still working on bill to block Tohono O'odham Nation casino (October 28, 2015)
The Keep the Promise Act was pulled from a vote this week as Republicans held a fundraiser on Capitol Hill.

Tohono O'odham Nation fights rival tribes for right to new casino
Legislation | Openings & Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation fights rival tribes for right to new casino (October 22, 2015)
The Gila River Indian Community has spent $1.64 million on lobbyists so far this year to prevent a new casino from opening in the Phoenix area.

Official denies representing Laguna Pueblo in casino contract flap
Litigation | Regulation
Official denies representing Laguna Pueblo in casino contract flap (August 25, 2015)
The tribe's economic development corporation was passed over for a lucrative commercial casino contract.

Donald Trump not shy with invoking race when it comes to tribes
California | Connecticut | New York | Public Relations
Donald Trump not shy with invoking race when it comes to tribes (July 31, 2015)
The casino mogul once accused the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut of not being Indians.

Navajo Nation Council supports bill to block rival casino in Arizona
Legislation | Openings & Closings
Navajo Nation Council supports bill to block rival casino in Arizona (June 12, 2015)
Tribal lawmakers believe the West Valley Resort under construction near Phoenix poses a risk to the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino outside of Flagstaff.

Kurt Luger: It's time to put an end to the Indian wars in America
Opinion
Kurt Luger: It's time to put an end to the Indian wars in America (May 29, 2015)
After 200 years of genocide by the United States, enough is enough!

Tohono O'odham Nation chooses new leader amid casino conflict
Legislation | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation chooses new leader amid casino conflict (May 28, 2015)
Ed Manuel, a former chairman, ousted Ned Norris Jr., who pushed hard for the controversial casino during his two terms in office.

Opinion: Today's Indian wars are being fought over new casinos
Opinion
Opinion: Today's Indian wars are being fought over new casinos (May 21, 2015)
America still fights Indian wars, but today these battles center not around settlers pushing their homesteads onto tribal lands but around gambling.

Sen. McCain denies being influenced by tribal casino lobbyists
Legislation | Openings & Closings
Sen. McCain denies being influenced by tribal casino lobbyists (May 15, 2015)
Rival tribes are spending millions of dollars in hopes of stopping the Tohono O'odham Nation from opening a new casino in the Phoenix area.

Opinion: Sen. McCain changes tune on tribal casino in Arizona
Legislation | Opinion
Opinion: Sen. McCain changes tune on tribal casino in Arizona (May 13, 2015)
From 2004 to 2006, Washington was transfixed by the revelations that several Indian tribes had paid exorbitant fees to then-uber lobbyist Jack Abramoff to stop other tribes from opening casinos.

Opinion: Tribal war rages in Washington with anti-casino efforts
Legislation | Opinion
Opinion: Tribal war rages in Washington with anti-casino efforts (May 5, 2015)
The Indian Wars still rage in Washington, fueled by the largest lobbying contracts the city has to offer.

Rivals outspend Tohono O'odham Nation in urban casino battle
Legislation | Openings & Closings
Rivals outspend Tohono O'odham Nation in urban casino battle (May 4, 2015)
The Gila River Indian Indian Community and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community are spending millions of dollars on lobbyists in Washington, D.C.

Salt River Tribe concerned about Tohono O'odham Nation casino
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Salt River Tribe concerned about Tohono O'odham Nation casino (October 22, 2014)
Salt River President Diane Enos said there are only so many customers to go around.

Rivals funded DC trips to oppose Tohono O'odham Nation casino
Casino Stalker | Legislation
Rivals funded DC trips to oppose Tohono O'odham Nation casino (September 30, 2014)
The Gila River Indian Community and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community picked up the tab for local officials.

Another tribe joins fight against North Fork Rancheria compact
California | Casino Stalker | Compacts
Another tribe joins fight against North Fork Rancheria compact (September 23, 2014)
The United Auburn Indian Community donated $100,000 to help defeat the North Fork Rancheria's off-reservation casino.

Rival tribe spends big in fight over Tohono O'odham Nation casino
Casino Stalker | Legislation
Rival tribe spends big in fight over Tohono O'odham Nation casino (August 25, 2014)
The Gila River Indian Community is spending big in Washington, D.C., in its fight against the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino.

Aaron Payment: Story missed the boat on Soo Tribe gaming bid
Opinion
Aaron Payment: Story missed the boat on Soo Tribe gaming bid (August 18, 2014)
Aaron Payment, the chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, offers tribal perspective on off-reservation gaming plans.

Tribes outspent in lobbying race over casinos in Massachusetts
Casino Stalker | Regulation
Tribes outspent in lobbying race over casinos in Massachusetts (July 15, 2014)
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe spent $1.65 million but non-Indian interests spent far more.

Blog: Don't place any bets on Internet gaming bills in Congress
Legislation
Blog: Don't place any bets on Internet gaming bills in Congress (May 13, 2014)
Tribes are all over the place on Internet gaming, OpenSecrets reports.

Column: Billionaire gaming mogul tries to stop online wagering
California | Opinion
Column: Billionaire gaming mogul tries to stop online wagering (May 5, 2014)
Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has vowed to spend whatever it takes to stop Internet gaming.

Center: Billions at stake in costly debate over Internet gambling
Legislation | Regulation
Center: Billions at stake in costly debate over Internet gambling (April 15, 2014)
The Center for Public Integrity reports on the high-stakes battle over Internet gambling.

Contracts to fight Tohono O'odham Nation casino cost millions
Casino Stalker | Litigation
Contracts to fight Tohono O'odham Nation casino cost millions (April 8, 2014)
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.

Casino mogul plans to spend millions to battle Internet gaming
Legislation
Casino mogul plans to spend millions to battle Internet gaming (March 26, 2014)
Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has vowed to spend 'whatever it takes' to impose a ban on Internet gaming.

Non-Indian firms play both sides in commercial gaming industry
Business Deals | Regulation
Non-Indian firms play both sides in commercial gaming industry (February 21, 2014)
As more and more states expand gambling options, they are relying on consulting firms to help them write regulations and review casino applicants.

Opinion: Tribes spreading  fear about non-Indian card  clubs
California | Opinion
Opinion: Tribes spreading fear about non-Indian card clubs (June 13, 2013)
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 --...

Vote delayed on gaming compact   for North Fork Rancheria
California | Compacts
Vote delayed on gaming compact for North Fork Rancheria (May 22, 2013)
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...

North Fork Rancheria's off-reservation compact due for  vote
California | Casino Stalker | Compacts
North Fork Rancheria's off-reservation compact due for vote (May 21, 2013)
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....

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe tops list of  casino lobbying in 2012
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Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe tops list of casino lobbying in 2012 (February 21, 2013)
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....

Editorial: Lessons learned from tribes and the casino industry
California | Opinion
Editorial: Lessons learned from tribes and the casino industry (February 1, 2013)
"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...

More than $3.8M spent on Tohono O'odham casino lobbying
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More than $3.8M spent on Tohono O'odham casino lobbying (January 29, 2013)
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...

Tribes in California   spent $4.8M on Internet poker lobbying
California
Tribes in California spent $4.8M on Internet poker lobbying (January 28, 2013)
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...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe spends big for gaming lobbyists
Casino Stalker | Connecticut
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe spends big for gaming lobbyists (January 22, 2013)
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,...

Sen. Reid tried to move bill to help Texas tribes with gaming
Legislation
Sen. Reid tried to move bill to help Texas tribes with gaming (January 15, 2013)
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...

City hires lobbyist for Los Coyotes Band off-reservation casino
California | Casino Stalker
City hires lobbyist for Los Coyotes Band off-reservation casino (September 25, 2012)
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...

Poker Players Alliance pushing Congress to allow online gaming
Legislation
Poker Players Alliance pushing Congress to allow online gaming (July 30, 2012)
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...

Vote on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Class III compact delayed
Casino Stalker | Compacts
Vote on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Class III compact delayed (July 25, 2012)
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...

Gaming interests spent $11.4M for     Massachusetts lobbying
Legislation
Gaming interests spent $11.4M for Massachusetts lobbying (February 21, 2012)
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...

Holland & Knight  wins state contract for tribal gaming talks
Compacts | Legislation | Regulation
Holland & Knight wins state contract for tribal gaming talks (February 17, 2012)
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...

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