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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 (06/28)
A non-Indian gaming developer stopped contributing to the lawsuit but a lead plaintiff vows to see the battle through.

Schaghticoke Tribal Nation still fighting for federal recognition and a casinoFiled Under: Connecticut
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation still fighting for federal recognition and a casino (06/28)
The tribe's sad saga is at the center of a battle over a new casino in Connecticut.

Non-Indian gaming firm loses challenge to law for new tribal casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Connecticut | Litigation
Non-Indian gaming firm loses challenge to law for new tribal casino (06/24)
MGM Resorts International is trying to stop the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe from opening a new casino in Connecticut.

Non-Indian gaming firm asks Congress to block new tribal casinoFiled Under: Connecticut | Legislation
Non-Indian gaming firm asks Congress to block new tribal casino (06/22)
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) said he fought efforts to add anti-casino language to a defense bill.

Judge schedules trial in Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino caseFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Judge schedules trial in Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino case (06/21)
The case will determine whether the Bureau of Indian Affairs should have approved the land-into-trust application for the First Light Resort and Casino in Taunton, Massachusetts.

Editorial: Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe casino bid leads to big fightFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation | Opinion
Editorial: Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe casino bid leads to big fight (06/09)
If the tribe is successful in its appeal, it will not be the residents of tribal lands who will determine the character of Aquinnah — mostly friends and neighbors — but the majority of the tribe’s voting members.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe sees support for Class II gaming planFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe sees support for Class II gaming plan (06/06)
The Obama administration's interpretation of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act is at issue in yet another case.

Tigua Tribe loses decision to offer Class II games on reservationFiled Under: Litigation | NIGC | Openings and Closings
Tigua Tribe loses decision to offer Class II games on reservation (06/02)
A federal judge has cast significant doubt on the Obama administration's interpretation of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe submits first brief in gaming appealFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe submits first brief in gaming appeal (06/01)
The tribe is currently barred from opening a Class II gaming facility on its reservation in Massachusetts.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe not worried about anti-casino lawsuitFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe not worried about anti-casino lawsuit (05/31)
Casino opponents are asking a federal judge to halt construction on the First Light Resort and Casino in Taunton, Massachusetts.

Connecticut tribes report increases from slot machine revenuesFiled Under: Connecticut
Connecticut tribes report increases from slot machine revenues (05/17)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation saw a 5 percent increase while the Mohegan Tribe saw a 3 percent gain.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sees large turnout for casino job fairFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sees large turnout for casino job fair (05/16)
Construction of the First Light Resort and Casino will support 1,000 jobs and the facility itself will put more than 2,600 people to work.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe invites all to casino job and vendor fairFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe invites all to casino job and vendor fair (05/10)
Construction of the First Light Resort and Casino will support 1,000 jobs and the facility itself will put more than 2,600 people to work.

Schaghticoke Tribal Nation hoping to keep gaming lawsuit goingFiled Under: Connecticut | Legislation | Litigation
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation hoping to keep gaming lawsuit going (05/03)
The tribe is suing the state of Connecticut after being denied a chance to pursue a new casino under a new state law.

Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe overcomes hurdles with casino planFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe overcomes hurdles with casino plan (05/02)
Yet another obstacle -- in the form of a lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs -- might be losing financial support.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe praises rejection of rival casino bidFiled Under: Openings and Closings | Regulation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe praises rejection of rival casino bid (04/28)
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 4 to 1 to deny a license for a commercial proposal less than 20 miles from the tribe's First Light Resort and Casino.

Connecticut tribes delay decision on potential casino until 2017Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Connecticut
Connecticut tribes delay decision on potential casino until 2017 (04/27)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe had insisted they could move quickly in order to counteract competition from neighboring Massachusetts.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe disputes rival's casino market studyFiled Under: Openings and Closings | Regulation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe disputes rival's casino market study (04/26)
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to decide whether to move forward with a project less than 20 miles from the tribe's site.

Connecticut tribes still haven't selected a site for potential casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Connecticut | Litigation
Connecticut tribes still haven't selected a site for potential casino (04/22)
Key lawmakers say time is running out for them to consider a casino that would be jointly operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits decision on rival casino plan Filed Under: Openings and Closings | Regulation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits decision on rival casino plan (04/20)
The tribe has warned the Massachusetts Gaming Commission not to approve the $675 million project, which would be less than 20 miles from the First Light Resort and Casino.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to host job and vendor fair for casinoFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to host job and vendor fair for casino (04/13)
Prospective employees and businesses will be able to learn more about working for and working with the First Light Resort and Casino that's under construction in Massachusetts.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe moves full steam ahead with casinoFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe moves full steam ahead with casino (04/12)
The long-awaited $1 billion First Light Resort and Casino in Massachusetts is due to open in the summer of 2017.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe confirms groundbreaking for casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe confirms groundbreaking for casino (03/30)
Work on the First Light Resort and Casino will begin April 5 and the first phase of the $1 billion project is due to open in the summer of 2017.

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 (03/29)
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to make a decision on the rival project in late April.

Casino company in battle with tribes gears up two major projectsFiled Under: Openings and Closings | Regulation
Casino company in battle with tribes gears up two major projects (03/28)
MGM Resorts International is building a $950 million casino in Massachusetts and is preparing to open a $1.3 billion casino resort right outside of Washington, D.C.

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 (03/25)
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.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe responds to doubts on gaming planFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Openings and Closings | Regulation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe responds to doubts on gaming plan (03/22)
A lawsuit won't deter a groundbreaking on the First Light Resort and Casino and a gaming giant has stepped up with enough financing to finish the first phase by the summer of 2017.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits word on rival casino projectFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation | Openings and Closings | Regulation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits word on rival casino project (03/18)
The tribe plans to break ground on the First Light Casino and Resort in early April as Massachusetts regulators debate whether to approve a rival project less than 20 miles away.

Tribes in Connecticut see victory with defeat of casino study billFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Connecticut | Legislation
Tribes in Connecticut see victory with defeat of casino study bill (03/18)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are working to address competition from neighboring Massachusetts.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe not worried about casino site lawsuitFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe not worried about casino site lawsuit (03/17)
The Massachusetts tribe plans to break ground on the First Light Resort and Casino in April and open the first phase in the summer of 2017.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe leaves casino operation to big firmFiled Under: Business Deals | Casino Stalker | NIGC | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe leaves casino operation to big firm (03/16)
The Genting Group, a well-known player in the Indian gaming industry, will run the First Light Resort and Casino under a management contract.

Tribes in Connecticut report increases in slot machine revenuesFiled Under: Connecticut
Tribes in Connecticut report increases in slot machine revenues (03/15)
Both the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe saw nearly 15 percent gains in slot machine revenues.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announces opening of casino in 2017Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announces opening of casino in 2017 (03/15)
The First Light Resort and Casino in Taunton will beat commercial projects elsewhere in Massachusetts by more than a year if the timetable holds.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe foes remain confident as casino moves forwardFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe foes remain confident as casino moves forward (03/09)
Opponents are being financed by a non-Indian billionaire who happens to be seeking approval to build a commercial gaming facility in Massachusetts.

Schaghticoke Tribal Nation hires federal recognition foe for gaming lawsuitFiled Under: Connecticut | Litigation
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation hires federal recognition foe for gaming lawsuit (03/08)
Chief Richard Velky is working not only with a non-Indian gaming company but with former Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Connecticut), who was a critic of the tribe's federal recognition effort.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to break ground on long-awaited casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to break ground on long-awaited casino (03/08)
Chairman Cedric Cromwell said a ceremony could take place April 5. Three firms have already been hired to start the work.

Schaghticoke Tribal Nation files suit against Connecticut casino lawFiled Under: Connecticut | Litigation
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation files suit against Connecticut casino law (03/07)
Chief Richard L. Velky acknowledged that the tribe is being funded by a non-Indian gaming company that's building a casino just across the border in Massachusetts.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe presses state to reject rival casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Compacts
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe presses state to reject rival casino (03/03)
A non-Indian billionaire is proposing a casino less than 20 miles from the tribe's gaming site and is financing a lawsuit that challenges the tribe's land-into-trust decision.

Non-Indian billionaire slams Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Compacts | Litigation | Regulation
Non-Indian billionaire slams Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino (03/02)
Developer Neil Bluhm is financing a lawsuit that questions whether the Bureau of Indian Affairs can place land in trust for the tribe.

Non-Indian firm that beat out Mohegan Tribe puts casino on holdFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Connecticut
Non-Indian firm that beat out Mohegan Tribe puts casino on hold (02/25)
Wynn Resorts has canceled a groundbreaking, job fairs and other activities due to litigation in Massachusetts.

Connecticut tribes continue looking at sites for potential casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Connecticut
Connecticut tribes continue looking at sites for potential casino (02/24)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe hope to address competition from neighboring Massachusetts.

Connecticut tribes might face roadblock in plan for new casinoFiled Under: Connecticut | Legislation
Connecticut tribes might face roadblock in plan for new casino (02/19)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe believe a new casino will address competition from neighboring Massachusetts.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe ties casino suit to anti-Indian groupFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe ties casino suit to anti-Indian group (02/17)
Michelle Littlefield admits she helped the Citizens Equal Rights Alliance host a conference in Massachusetts in March 2013.

Tribes in Connecticut still working on process for potential casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Connecticut
Tribes in Connecticut still working on process for potential casino (02/09)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe see a new casino as a way to address competition from neighboring Massachusetts.

Non-Indian firm looking to block Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions | Litigation
Non-Indian firm looking to block Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino (02/08)
Rush Street Gaming concedes that its proposed commercial casino in Brockton, Massachusetts, will benefit greatly if the tribe somehow goes away.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe confident of casino bid despite lawsuitFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe confident of casino bid despite lawsuit (02/05)
Opponents not surprisingly are citing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar to argue that the tribe cannot follow the land-into-trust process.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe asks 1st Circuit to hear gaming caseFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe asks 1st Circuit to hear gaming case (02/03)
A federal judge determined that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act does not apply to the tribe's reservation on the island of Martha's Vineyard.

Don Vaccaro: Connecticut tribes need another casino to address competitionFiled Under: Connecticut | Opinion
Don Vaccaro: Connecticut tribes need another casino to address competition (02/01)
Since the Connecticut casinos opened more than two decades ago, they have contributed roughly $7 billion to the Connecticut Special Revenue Fund, as well as billions to the state economy and countless direct and indirect jobs.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to finish community center as casino bid faltersFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to finish community center as casino bid falters (01/29)
The tribe still hopes to open a casino on its reservation on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Chairman Tobias Vanderhoop said.

Airport touts hotel as spot for new tribal casino in ConnecticutFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Connecticut
Airport touts hotel as spot for new tribal casino in Connecticut (01/28)
The Connecticut Airport Authority believes an interim casino can open within six months at the hotel in Hartford.

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