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Filed Under: Litigation | Opinion
Dennis Whittlesey: Judges disagree on labor law at casinos (07/23)
Two separate three-judge panels of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit have rendered labor law decisions concerning Indian casinos in Michigan only 22 days apart.

Filed Under: Litigation
Law Article: Major impact with federal labor law at tribal casinos (07/08)
It is a touchstone principle of federal Indian law that tribes, as quasi-sovereign nations, possess the inherent right to self-govern, generally to the exclusion of state and federal laws.

Filed Under: Openings and Closings
Little Traverse Bay Bands still working on plans for another casino (07/07)
The initial 5,000 square-foot structure will be followed by a larger facility and a hotel within five years.

Filed Under: Openings and Closings
Grand Traverse Band opens restaurant across from gaming facility (07/07)
The Ridge Microbrewery & Restaurant is located in a conference center that was acquired by the tribe.

Filed Under: Litigation | Opinion
Law Article: Saginaw Chippewa Tribe loses decision in NLRB dispute (07/06)
Weighing in on a hotly contested issue, a panel of the Sixth Circuit has found that federal labor law applies to Indian tribes’ casinos, notwithstanding the tribes’ inherent sovereignty.

Filed Under: Land Acquisitions | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Non-Indian man plans appeal in loss of Gun Lake Tribe casino case (07/06)
David Patchak, who wants money from the tribe, will take the case to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for the second time since 2008.

Filed Under: Litigation | Opinion
Brian Pierson: Tribal labor sovereignty could land in Supreme Court (07/03)
Four of the six judges in the Sixth Circuit who have examined the issue, in two different cases, have concluded that the NLRA has no jurisdiction over the tribes. The tribes have lost both cases!

Filed Under: Litigation | Opinion
Pierre Bergeron: Judges split on federal labor law at tribal casinos (07/03)
Although the court has been restricting en banc review, such a flagrant disagreement between two panels certainly should attract en banc attention.

Filed Under: Legislation | Litigation | Regulation
Court reluctantly backs NLRB in Saginaw Chippewa Tribe dispute (07/01)
The three judges went to great lengths to explain why they were unable to side with the tribe in an unfair labor practices complaint.

Filed Under: Business Deals | Litigation
Sault Tribe protected by sovereign immunity in casino dispute (06/30)
Congress did not waive tribal sovereign immunity in bankruptcy proceedings, a federal judge ruled earlier this month.

Filed Under: Openings and Closings
Little Traverse Bay Bands to spend $2.5M on new gaming site (06/26)
The 5,000 square-foot casino will feature 64 slot machines and create 20 jobs.

Filed Under: Casino Stalker
Little Traverse Bay Bands revive plan for second gaming facility (06/24)
The tribe hopes to break ground on a 5,000 square-foot casino in September.

Filed Under: Litigation
Law Article: Court backs NLRB in Little River Band casino case (06/23)
In a recent split decision, the Sixth Circuit held that the National Labor Relations Board possessed jurisdiction to enforce provisions of the National Labor Relations Act against the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.

Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Sault Tribe confident of victory in off-reservation gaming case (06/18)
The state hopes to block the Kewadin Lansing Casino by suing individual tribal leaders rather than the tribe itself.

Filed Under: Openings and Closings
Little River Band breaks ground on $18M casino expansion project (06/16)
The tribe is adding a pool and spa to the Little River Casino Resort and will be renovating the gaming floor and other spaces.

Filed Under: Legislation | Litigation
Law Article: Uncertainty abounds with federal labor law at casinos (06/15)
What is becoming clear is that nothing is settled, and this issue is likely headed for the Supreme Court or a possible legislative 'fix.'

Filed Under: Legislation | Litigation | Regulation
Union won't appeal decision in Chickasaw Nation casino dispute (06/12)
The National Labor Relations Board declined to assert jurisdiction over the WinStar World Casino and Resort due to the tribe's treaty rights.

Filed Under: Legislation | Litigation
Appeals court sides with NLRB in Little River Band casino case (06/10)
The decision comes as the Senate Indian Affairs Committee takes up a bill to shield tribal casinos from federal labor law.

Filed Under: Legislation | Litigation
Senate committee takes up bill to shield tribal casinos from NLRB (06/09)
S.248, the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, will be considered by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Filed Under: Compacts
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe shares another $2.7M in gaming funds (05/29)
Since 1994, the tribe has shared $229 million in casino revenues with governments and schools Michigan

Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Compacts | Legislation
Pokagon Band faces hurdles in plan to develop casino in Indiana (05/27)
Some state lawmakers aren't excited about a tribal casino joining riverboat and land-based casinos.

Filed Under: Compacts
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe to distribute $2.7M in gaming revenues (05/22)
Twice a year, the tribe shares 2 percent of Class III gaming revenues with communities affected by its two casinos.

Filed Under: Compacts | Legislation
Pokagon Band questions legality of new gaming law in Indiana (05/14)
Chairman John Warren said the new law, which went into effect without the governor's signature, violates the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Filed Under: Public Relations | Regulation
Nottawaseppi Huron Band looks into data breach at casino (05/13)
The tribe replaced the cash registers at FireKeepers Casino after reports of the potential theft of credit card and debit card numbers.

Filed Under: Opinion
Dennis Whittlesey: Shocking proposals to halt tribal gaming (05/11)
Recent actions in Arizona and Indiana suggest that there is a new approach to local government opposition to Indian tribal applications for trust status of newly acquired land.

Filed Under: Public Relations
Defendant pleads in Saginaw Chippewa Tribe casino robbery (05/08)
The victim was lured to the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort after he won $2,500 at another tribal facility in Michigan.

Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Opinion
Opinion: Pokagon Band casino shouldn't stir fears in Indiana (05/08)
Why is Indiana being mean to the Indians again?

Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Legislation
Lawmaker slammed for comment about Pokagon Band casino bid (05/01)
An Indiana lawmaker brought up 'bows and arrows' in reference to the tribe's plan for a casino on ancestral territory in the state.

Filed Under: Legislation | Litigation
NLRB won't take stance on tribal labor bill that affects casinos (04/30)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee took up the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act as a federal appeals court was hearing a closely-watched case involving a Michigan tribe.

Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Compacts | Legislation
Gaming bill opposed by Pokagon Band sent to Indiana governor (04/30)
The bill dictates what 'must' be included in a Class III gaming compact even though negotiations have not yet begun.

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