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Filed Under: Openings and Closings
Cherokee Nation to open hotel at $80M casino near Arkansas in fall (07/03)
The 170,000 square-foot Cherokee Casino in Roland enjoyed a soft opening in May.

Filed Under: Legislation
Appropriations bill blocks federal labor law at tribal businesses (06/22)
Efforts to shield tribal casinos from the National Labor Relations Act are stirring passions on Capitol Hill.

Filed Under: Legislation | Regulation
Debate on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act moves to House panel (06/17)
Tribal leaders call on Congress to resolve uncertainty created by the National Labor Relations Board.

Filed Under: Litigation | NIGC
Quapaw Tribe requests dismissal of lawsuit over casino expansion (06/16)
The tribe and its leaders are claiming sovereign immunity in a lawsuit filed by the state of Kansas.

Filed Under: Compacts
Muscogee Nation opposes Class III gaming deal for Poarch Creeks (06/15)
The two tribes have been at odds over the handling of ancestral remains discovered at the site of the Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Wetumpka, Alabama.

Filed Under: Regulation
Former employees of Choctaw Nation casino charged with theft (06/11)
The U.S. Attorney's Office announced indictments against two former workers at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma.

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: Land Acquisitions | Public Relations
Quapaw Tribe blames non-Indian track in Arkansas for opposition (06/08)
Local officials have raised concerns about a casino even though Chairman John Berrey has repeatedly insisted there aren't plans for one.

Filed Under: Legislation | Regulation
Chickasaw Nation wins major ruling affecting labor law at casino (06/05)
The National Labor Relations Board cited the tribe's treaties in declining to assert jurisdiction over the WinStar World Casino and Resort.

Filed Under: Litigation | NIGC | Openings and Closings
Kansas seeks more time to respond in Quapaw Tribe casino case (06/05)
Attorney General Derek Schmidt said he needs to conduct 'extensive' legal research amid a looming furlough for state employees.

Filed Under: Litigation | NIGC | Openings and Closings
NIGC seeks dismissal of suit over Quapaw Tribe casino expansion (06/03)
The state of Kansas is trying to stop the tribe from moving forward with a $15 million expansion of the Downstream Casino Resort.

Filed Under: Openings and Closings | Regulation
Former Choctaw Nation official sentenced in casino fraud case (06/02)
Jason Brett Merida, a tribal member who served as executive director of construction, received 12 years in prison -- the longest of any of the defendants.

Filed Under: Openings and Closings | Public Relations
Comanche Nation closed casino for one day to address flooding (05/28)
Chairman Wallace Coffey declared an emergency in response to record-setting rain and dangerous flooding conditions.

Filed Under: Land Acquisitions
Quapaw Tribe looks to dispel concerns about casino in Arkansas (05/27)
Chairman John Berrey said the tribe's land-into-trust application for an ancestral site is about cultural preservation, not gaming.

Filed Under: Litigation | NIGC
Kialegee Tribal Town granted extension to respond in casino case (05/27)
The state of Oklahoma wants to sue the tribe and its leaders for proposing a casino on an Indian allotment.

Filed Under: NIGC
Creek Nation seeks Native workers for $329M casino expansion (05/22)
The Tribal Employment Rights Office will hold a job fair at the River Spirit Event Center on May 28.

Filed Under: Openings and Closings
Eastern Shawnee Tribe to debut rodeo event at reopened casino (05/22)
The Bordertown Casino and Arena will host its first bull riding event over the Memorial Day weekend.

Filed Under: Litigation | Opinion
John Berrey: Governor in Kansas turns back on Quapaw Tribe (05/19)
The 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act is very clear – the state of Kansas has an obligation to negotiate in good faith a gaming compact.

Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Supreme Court asks Kialegee Tribal Town for casino case brief (05/18)
The state of Oklahoma wants to be able to sue the tribe and its leaders for trying to open a casino on an Indian allotment.

Filed Under: Land Acquisitions | NIGC
Quapaw Tribe still facing questions about casino in Arkansas (05/13)
Chairman John Berrey has insisted a casino is not in the works for ancestral land in Little Rock, the state capital.

Filed Under: Openings and Closings | Regulation
Judge weighs sentence in Choctaw Nation casino fraud case (05/13)
Federal prosecutors are seeking anywhere from 14 years to 17.5 years in prison for a tribal employee who oversaw casino construction contracts.

Filed Under: Openings and Closings
Cherokee Nation to debut $80M casino near Arkansas border (05/13)
The tribe created another 300 jobs at the new Cherokee Casino in Roland, set to open May 19.

Filed Under: Public Relations
Osage Nation police won't be charged for incident at casino (05/11)
The Osage County District Attorney determined that the man's death was not caused by the use of a stun gun at the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa.

Filed Under: Regulation
Ex-Creek Nation leader who took funds to gamble sentenced (05/06)
Roger Dana Barnett, the former second chief, was sentence to 33 months in prison and was ordered to pay restitution and undergo gambling addiction treatment.

Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Compacts | Litigation
Kialegee Tribal Town declines to submit brief in casino litigation (05/04)
The state of Oklahoma is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a dispute over a failed casino.

Filed Under: Openings and Closings | Regulation
Last defendant to be sentenced for Choctaw Nation casino fraud (04/27)
So far, seven people have been punished in connection with a casino expansion project in which the tribe was bilked out of $8.5 million.

Filed Under: Land Acquisitions | Openings and Closings
Editorial: State needs assurances from Quapaw Tribe on gaming (04/23)
The tribe has no plans for a casino in Central Arkansas, so why not put a conservation easement on the 160 acres?

Filed Under: Land Acquisitions | Litigation | NIGC | Openings and Closings
Quapaw Tribe aims to dispel concerns about casino in Arkansas (04/21)
Chairman John Berrey has been meeting with local officials to discuss the tribe's land-into-trust application.

Filed Under: Land Acquisitions | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Kansas seeks injunction to stop Quapaw Tribe gaming expansion (04/17)
Individual tribal leaders, including Chairman John Berrey, have been added to the state's lawsuit as defendants.

Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions | NIGC
Quapaw Tribe faces opposition over possible casino in Arkansas (04/16)
Some local officials want the tribe to state that it won't use the land in Little Rock for gaming but that wouldn't necessarily bar a casino in the future.

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