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Jena Band of Choctaw Indians celebrates 3rd birthday of casinoFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Jena Band of Choctaw Indians celebrates 3rd birthday of casino (02/11)
The 46,000 square-foot Jena Choctaw Pines Casino in Creola, Louisiana, opened to the public in February 2013.

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe casino employees face suit for fatal crashFiled Under: Litigation
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe casino employees face suit for fatal crash (12/17)
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.

Chitimacha Tribe plans $20M expansion and renovation at casinoFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Chitimacha Tribe plans $20M expansion and renovation at casino (12/04)
The Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel will see a larger gaming floor, a new restaurant and more retail options.

Column: Casino industry pours millions into Texas campaignsFiled Under: Opinion
Column: Casino industry pours millions into Texas campaigns (09/15)
Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico Indian tribes are making fortunes off Texas folks who play their slot machines and table games.

Jena Choctaws celebrate second birthday of Class II facilityFiled Under: Compacts | Openings and Closings
Jena Choctaws celebrate second birthday of Class II facility (02/16)
Chief Cheryl Smith is still considering whether to push for a Class III gaming compact.

Editorial: Put a halt to Tunica-Biloxi Tribe video gaming projectFiled Under: Opinion
Editorial: Put a halt to Tunica-Biloxi Tribe video gaming project (02/06)
A proposal for a video gaming 'barcade' could open the door to full-scale casino gambling in Georgia, and as such deserves to come up lemons.

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe involved in video gaming project in GeorgiaFiled Under: Business Deals | Land Acquisitions | Openings and Closings
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe involved in video gaming project in Georgia (02/03)
The Louisiana-based tribe paid $6 million for a site in DeKalb County, Georgia.

Coushatta Tribe celebrates major anniversary for gaming facilityFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Coushatta Tribe celebrates major anniversary for gaming facility (01/19)
The casino has grown to include 950 hotel rooms, an entertainment pavilion and a golf course.

Column: Taking a gamble in Louisiana - What's legal and illegal?">Filed Under: Opinion
Column: Taking a gamble in Louisiana - What's legal and illegal? (09/29)
A rundown of what's legal and illegal in Louisiana in terms of gambling.

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe won't be sharing gaming revenues this quarterFiled Under: Compacts
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe won't be sharing gaming revenues this quarter (09/01)
This is the third quarter in the last year that no payment was made due to fluctuating revenues at the casino.

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe won't renew gaming management contract">Filed Under: Business Deals
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe won't renew gaming management contract (08/18)
Exceptional Gaming had been managing the Paragon Casino Resort for the past 14 years but the tribe decided to let the contract expire this month.

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe brings boost to local economy with casinoFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe brings boost to local economy with casino (06/09)
With 1,500 employees, the casino is also the largest employer in the parish.

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe celebrates 20th birthday of gaming facilityFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe celebrates 20th birthday of gaming facility (06/05)
Casino was the vision of the late Chairman Earl Barbry.

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe affected by 'fluctuations' in gaming revenuesFiled Under: Compacts
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe affected by 'fluctuations' in gaming revenues (05/09)
The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana acknowledged that it failed to make a recent revenue sharing payment.

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe reportedly operating casino at net lossFiled Under: Compacts
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe reportedly operating casino at net loss (04/18)
The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana appears to have hit hard times at its casino.

Coushatta Tribe reopens casino after blaze prompts evacuationFiled Under: Openings and Closings | Public Relations
Coushatta Tribe reopens casino after blaze prompts evacuation (02/24)
The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana reopened its casino on Sunday morning after an electrical fire on Saturday night prompted an evacuation.

Coushatta Tribe marks 19th anniversary of casino resortFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Coushatta Tribe marks 19th anniversary of casino resort (01/20)
The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana celebrated the 19th anniversary of its gaming facility over the weekend.

Chitimacha Tribe marks 20th birthday of gaming enterpriseFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Chitimacha Tribe marks 20th birthday of gaming enterprise (01/09)
The Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana is celebrating 20 years of being in the Indian gaming business.

Tribes in Louisiana  experience  small decline in casino revenueFiled Under: Public Relations
Tribes in Louisiana experience small decline in casino revenue (03/01)
Tribal casino revenue in Louisiana took a slight dip in 2011, according to Casino City’s Indian Gaming Industry Report. Three tribes operated casinos in the state in 2011. They took in $460.5 million that year, down from $461.5 million the...

Jena Band fulfills dream with debut of Class II  gaming facilityFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Jena Band fulfills dream with debut of Class II gaming facility (02/20)
It only took 15 years but the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians in Louisiana has finally joined the Indian gaming industry.

Jena Band making plans to expand brand new gaming   facilityFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Jena Band making plans to expand brand new gaming facility (02/13)
The Jena Choctaw Pines Casino finally opened to the public.

Jena Band set to open Class II gaming facility on WednesdayFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Jena Band set to open Class II gaming facility on Wednesday (02/12)
The 46,000-square-foot Jena Choctaw Pines Casino will feature more than 700 gaming devices, poker tables, a sports bar and a buffet.

Chickasaw Nation in court over failed non-Indian gaming dealFiled Under: Business Deals | Litigation
Chickasaw Nation in court over failed non-Indian gaming deal (02/07)
The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma is in court over a failed deal to buy two non-Indian casinos. Global Gaming Solutions, a tribal subsidiary, planned to buy DiamondJacks casinos in Bossier City, Louisiana, and Vicksburg, Mississippi, for $125 million. But the...

Chickasaw Nation exits from deal to buy non-Indian casinosFiled Under: Business Deals
Chickasaw Nation exits from deal to buy non-Indian casinos (02/04)
The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma has withdrawn from a deal to buy two non-Indian gaming facilities for $125 million. Global Gaming Solutions, a tribal subsidiary, planned to buy DiamondJacks casinos in Bossier City, Louisiana, and Vicksburg, Mississippi. But the tribe...

Chickasaw Nation set to buy two non-Indian gaming facilitiesFiled Under: Business Deals
Chickasaw Nation set to buy two non-Indian gaming facilities (10/25)
The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma was the sole bidder on two non-Indian gaming facilities that are in bankruptcy proceedings. Global Gaming Solutions, a tribal subsidiary, will pay $27.5 million in cash and $97.5 million in new debt to acquire the...

Jena Band on track       to open 1st  gaming  facility in January 2013Filed Under: Openings and Closings
Jena Band on track to open 1st gaming facility in January 2013 (10/24)
The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians in Louisiana is on track to open its first gaming facility in January 2013. The Jena Choctaw Pines Casino will feature Class II games only. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) won't discuss a Class III...

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe opens nature trail to guests at gaming facilityFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe opens nature trail to guests at gaming facility (09/06)
The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana has opened a nature trail next to its casino. Guests at the Paragon Casino Resort can use a boardwalk that's about one-mile long. The trail includes crossing points over the Coulee Des Grues, a waterway...

Travel: Coushatta Tribe hits the jackpot with hotel at casino Filed Under: Public Relations
Travel: Coushatta Tribe hits the jackpot with hotel at casino (08/23)
"Any casino trip that begins with an Elvis impersonator gyrating in a black leather jumpsuit and concludes with a giant cake in the shape of a grand hotel can pretty much be considered an entertaining visit. Those were the bookends...

Chickasaw Nation aims to buy non-Indian casino in bankruptcy Filed Under: Business Deals | Regulation
Chickasaw Nation aims to buy non-Indian casino in bankruptcy (08/03)
The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma reached a deal to buy a non-Indian gaming facility in Louisiana that just declared bankruptcy. Global Gaming Solutions, a tribal subsidiary, will acquire "substantially" all of the assets of DiamondJacks, according to a press release....

Coushatta Tribe opens doors to $60 million expansion at casino Filed Under: Openings and Closings
Coushatta Tribe opens doors to $60 million expansion at casino (07/12)
The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana welcomed visitors to a $60 million expansion of its casino. The tribe added seven-story hotel tower to the Coushatta Casino Resort. That brings the total number of rooms to more than 950. The tribe added...

Jena Band plans to hire 270 people for Class II facility Filed Under: Openings and Closings
Jena Band plans to hire 270 people for Class II facility (04/20)
The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians plans to employ 270 people at its Class II facility in Louisiana, Chief B. Cheryl Smith said. The tribe broke ground on the casino last month. Construction has been slowed a bit by bad...

Jena Band goes to Class II after governor refuses compactFiled Under: Compacts | Openings and Closings
Jena Band goes to Class II after governor refuses compact (03/14)
The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians will begin construction on a Class II facility next week. The tribe has been trying to open a casino for more than a decade. But its plans fell victim to Jack Abramoff, who...

Coushatta Tribe signs deal over Israeli skin care products at  casinoFiled Under: Business Deals
Coushatta Tribe signs deal over Israeli skin care products at casino (02/01)
The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana will sell skin care products from an Israeli company at its casino. The tribe hopes the deal with Aya Natural will generate additional revenues. The tribe recently broke ground on a $60 million expansion of...

Coushatta Tribe starts work on $60M expansion project for casinoFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Coushatta Tribe starts work on $60M expansion project for casino (01/27)
The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana broke ground on a $60 million expansion of the Coushatta Casino Resort. The tribe is adding a seven-story hotel tower to the facility. The project will add 401 rooms to the hotel, bringing the total...

Coushatta Tribe   spends $60M to add  more rooms to hotel casinoFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Coushatta Tribe spends $60M to add more rooms to hotel casino (01/18)
The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana will be spending $60 million to expand its casino. The tribe is adding 401 hotel rooms and 18 luxury suites to the Coushatta Casino Resort. That will bring the total number of rooms at...

Coushatta Tribe announces    expansion  of casino   on 16th birthdayFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Coushatta Tribe announces expansion of casino on 16th birthday (01/14)
The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana announced plans to expand its casino. The tribe will be expanding the gaming area and adding 400 hotel rooms to the Coushatta Casino Resort. Construction is scheduled to begin later this month. The tribe opened...

Louisiana casinos report another dip in revenuesFiled Under: Regulation
Louisiana casinos report another dip in revenues (11/19)
Commercial casinos in Louisiana saw a 6.9 percent drop in revenues last month, the Associated Press reports. Louisiana has 13 riverboat casinos, one land-based casino in New Orleans and three racinos. The facilities took in $193.3 million last month, down...

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe  renews gaming manager dealFiled Under: Business Deals
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe renews gaming manager deal (10/21)
The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana has renewed a gaming management deal. The tribe signed a five-year extension with Exceptional Gaming to manage the Paragon Casino Resort. The deal runs through September 2014. The tribe has worked with Exceptional Gaming for...

Former Coushatta lawyer disavows gamingFiled Under: Public Relations
Former Coushatta lawyer disavows gaming (10/06)
A candidate for Louisiana Supreme Court said he does not support gaming even though he worked for the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, whose primary business is a casino. Attorney Jimmy Faircloth said he was hired by the tribe during a...

Letter: Ex-Coushatta lawyer's   ties to gamingFiled Under: Opinion
Letter: Ex-Coushatta lawyer's ties to gaming (09/30)
"In the past, as a member of Citizens for Quality Life, I helped vote out gambling in our area because of the negative effect it has on the business economy and the tragic impact it has on families that can...

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe marks 15th  casino anniversaryFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe marks 15th casino anniversary (06/03)
The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Paragon Casino and Resort. The original name of the facility was the Grand Casino Avoyelles. It now employs 1,600 people. "Those are all people that have a check...

Editorial:   EchoHawk nomination and Indian gamingFiled Under: Opinion
Editorial: EchoHawk nomination and Indian gaming (02/20)
"The big discussion in the tiny Grant Parish village of Creola centers on a question only the president of the United States can answer: Will the president appoint Larry EchoHawk to be head of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs?...

Coushatta  Tribe closes casino due to hurricaneFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Coushatta Tribe closes casino due to hurricane (08/31)
The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana shut down its casino on Sunday morning out of precaution for Hurricane Gustav. The closing of the Coushatta Casino Resort is temporary. The tribe plans to reopen the facility once the storm passes and conditions...

Woman killed after abduction from Tunica-Biloxi casinoFiled Under: Public Relations
Woman killed after abduction from Tunica-Biloxi casino (04/03)
The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana is helping investigate the abduction and subsequent death of a woman who was visiting the Paragon Casino Resort. Janaver Distefano, 65, was last seen at the casino on Saturday morning. Authorities later found her body...

Senator who opposes gaming used escort businessFiled Under: Legislation
Senator who opposes gaming used escort business (07/10)
Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana), a critic of tribal gaming, apologized for a "very serious sin" after his phone number turned up in the records of a Washington, D.C., escort business. "Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness...

Jena Choctaws seek support for Class III gamingFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Jena Choctaws seek support for Class III gaming (06/14)
The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians in Louisiana is seeking support for a Class III gaming compact. The tribe recently received a reservation proclamation from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The decision allows the tribe to open a Class II...

Louisiana governor won't negotiate with Jena BandFiled Under: Compacts
Louisiana governor won't negotiate with Jena Band (04/06)
Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco (D) reiterated her opposition to a gaming compact for the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians. The tribe has sought to negotiate an agreement with Blanco but she has repeatedly refused. She said she opposes the expansion...

Jena Band of Choctaws forge ahead with Class IIFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Jena Band of Choctaws forge ahead with Class II (04/05)
The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians plan to open a Class II facility now that the Louisiana tribe has a land base. The tribe was recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1995. Earlier this month, the agency proclaimed...

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