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Tohono O'odham Nation still fighting anti-casino bill on Capitol HillFiled Under: Legislation | Openings and Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation still fighting anti-casino bill on Capitol Hill (05/11)
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 casinoFiled Under: Legislation
Arizona tribes continue to spend big in DC amid fight over casino (04/25)
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 casinoFiled Under: Compacts
Poarch Band lobbies Florida lawmakers with trip to Alabama casino (01/25)
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 fightFiled Under: Legislation | Openings and Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation secures major victory in casino fight (11/17)
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 opportunityFiled Under: Legislation | Opinion
Edward Manuel: Tohono O'odham Nation creates opportunity (11/13)
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 casinoFiled Under: Legislation | Opinion
Melanie Sloan: An expensive battle over a new tribal casino (11/13)
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 gamingFiled Under: California | Legislation
Ietan admits tribes met with Sen. Feinstein to discuss gaming (10/30)
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 casinoFiled Under: Legislation | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation sets December 20 opening for casino (10/30)
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 casinoFiled Under: Legislation | Openings and Closings
GOP still working on bill to block Tohono O'odham Nation casino (10/28)
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 casinoFiled Under: Legislation | Openings and Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation fights rival tribes for right to new casino (10/22)
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 flapFiled Under: Litigation | Regulation
Official denies representing Laguna Pueblo in casino contract flap (08/25)
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 tribesFiled Under: California | Connecticut | New York | Public Relations
Donald Trump not shy with invoking race when it comes to tribes (07/31)
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 ArizonaFiled Under: Legislation | Openings and Closings
Navajo Nation Council supports bill to block rival casino in Arizona (06/12)
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 AmericaFiled Under: Opinion
Kurt Luger: It's time to put an end to the Indian wars in America (05/29)
After 200 years of genocide by the United States, enough is enough!

Tohono O'odham Nation chooses new leader amid casino conflictFiled Under: Legislation | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation chooses new leader amid casino conflict (05/28)
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 casinosFiled Under: Opinion
Opinion: Today's Indian wars are being fought over new casinos (05/21)
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 lobbyistsFiled Under: Legislation | Openings and Closings
Sen. McCain denies being influenced by tribal casino lobbyists (05/15)
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 ArizonaFiled Under: Legislation | Opinion
Opinion: Sen. McCain changes tune on tribal casino in Arizona (05/13)
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 effortsFiled Under: Legislation | Opinion
Opinion: Tribal war rages in Washington with anti-casino efforts (05/05)
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 battleFiled Under: Legislation | Openings and Closings
Rivals outspend Tohono O'odham Nation in urban casino battle (05/04)
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 casinoFiled 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.

Rivals funded DC trips to oppose Tohono O'odham Nation casino ">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.

Another tribe joins fight against North Fork Rancheria compactFiled 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.

Rival tribe spends big in fight over Tohono O'odham Nation 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.

Aaron Payment: Story missed the boat on Soo Tribe gaming bid">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.

Tribes outspent in lobbying race over casinos in Massachusetts">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.

Blog: Don't place any bets on Internet gaming bills in CongressFiled 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.

Column: Billionaire gaming mogul tries to stop online wageringFiled 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.

Center: Billions at stake in costly debate over Internet gamblingFiled 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.

Contracts to fight Tohono O'odham Nation casino cost millionsFiled 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.

Casino mogul plans to spend millions to battle Internet gamingFiled 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.

Non-Indian firms play both sides in commercial gaming industryFiled 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.

Opinion: Tribes spreading  fear about non-Indian card  clubsFiled 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 --...

Vote delayed on gaming compact   for North Fork Rancheria 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...

North Fork Rancheria's off-reservation compact due for  voteFiled 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....

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe tops list of  casino lobbying in 2012Filed 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....

Editorial: Lessons learned from tribes and the casino industryFiled 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...

More than $3.8M spent on Tohono O'odham casino lobbying 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...

Tribes in California   spent $4.8M on Internet poker lobbyingFiled 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...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe spends big for gaming lobbyistsFiled 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,...

Sen. Reid tried to move bill to help Texas tribes with gamingFiled 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...

City hires lobbyist for Los Coyotes Band off-reservation casinoFiled 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...

Poker Players Alliance pushing Congress to allow online gamingFiled 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...

Vote on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Class III compact delayed 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...

Gaming interests spent $11.4M for     Massachusetts lobbyingFiled 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...

Holland & Knight  wins state contract for tribal gaming talksFiled 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...

Lobbyist helps Mashpee Wampanoag  Tribe with casino sitesFiled 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...

Opinion: Lobbyists always win when it comes to tribal gamingFiled 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...

Abramoff brags about protecting Mississippi Choctaw casinoFiled 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...

Non-Indian  gaming interests spending big on lobbyingFiled 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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