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Federal appeals court backs Gun Lake Tribe land-into-trust lawFiled Under: Legislation | Litigation
Federal appeals court backs Gun Lake Tribe land-into-trust law (07/15)
Congress has the power to ratify land-into-trust acquisitions, a move that protects the Michigan tribe from litigation.

Gun Lake Tribe seeks to hire more employees for growing casinoFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Gun Lake Tribe seeks to hire more employees for growing casino (07/14)
The tribe has embarked on a $76 million expansion of its casino in Michigan.

Gun Lake Tribe to nearly double size of casino with $76M projectFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Gun Lake Tribe to nearly double size of casino with $76M project (04/12)
The addition to the Gun Lake Casino in Michigan will debut in the summer of 2017.

Gun Lake Tribe offers update on expansion at casino in MichiganFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Gun Lake Tribe offers update on expansion at casino in Michigan (04/08)
The tribe is adding more jobs and new options to the Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, Michigan.

Gun Lake Tribe starts preliminary work for expansion at casinoFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Gun Lake Tribe starts preliminary work for expansion at casino (01/07)
The Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, Michigan, will see more gaming space, a 300-seat buffet, a larger lounge and entertainment area and a larger employee dining room and lounge.

Foes promise suit over Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions | Litigation
Foes promise suit over Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's casino (12/18)
Don't expect the case to be filed soon -- opponents plan to wait up to six years to challenge the tribe's land-into-trust application.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gaming site officially put in trustFiled Under: Compacts | Federal Register | Land Acquisitions | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gaming site officially put in trust (09/25)
A 151-acre site in Taunton, Massachusetts, plus another 170 acres in Mashpee, the location of tribal headquarters, were immediately placed in trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Judge supports Gun Lake Tribe in battle over land-into-trust lawFiled Under: Legislation | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Judge supports Gun Lake Tribe in battle over land-into-trust law (06/18)
The Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act of 2014 protects the tribe's gaming facility from litigation.

Non-Indian man disputes law protecting Gun Lake Tribe's casinoFiled Under: Legislation | Litigation
Non-Indian man disputes law protecting Gun Lake Tribe's casino (12/10)
A non-Indian man who lives three miles from the casino has made it clear he wants a monetary settlement from the tribe.

Gun Lake Tribe awaits court action in long-running gaming caseFiled Under: Legislation | Litigation
Gun Lake Tribe awaits court action in long-running gaming case (10/06)
One law professor thinks the non-Indian plaintiff who filed the case won't go away quietly.

Attorney claims case against Gun Lake Tribe's casino still aliveFiled Under: Legislation | Litigation
Attorney claims case against Gun Lake Tribe's casino still alive (10/02)
The Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act, however, requires the lawsuit to be dismissed.

Gun Lake Tribe hails new law that protects casino from litigation">Filed Under: Legislation | Litigation
Gun Lake Tribe hails new law that protects casino from litigation (09/29)
President Obama signed S.1603, the Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act, into law on Friday.

House passes bill to shield Gun Lake Tribe casino from litigation">Filed Under: Land Acquisitions | Legislation | Litigation
House passes bill to shield Gun Lake Tribe casino from litigation (09/17)
The bill can now be sent to President Barack Obama for his signature with the goal of ending a lawsuit that one lawmaker described as 'frivolous.'

Vote set on bill to protect Gun Lake Tribe's casino from litigation">Filed Under: Legislation | Litigation
Vote set on bill to protect Gun Lake Tribe's casino from litigation (09/15)
The bill ensures that land already held in trust for the tribe can't be challenged in federal court.

Judge upset with lack of movement in Gun Lake Tribe gaming case ">Filed Under: Land Acquisitions | Legislation | Litigation
Judge upset with lack of movement in Gun Lake Tribe gaming case (09/04)
A federal judge expressed frustration with a non-Indian landowner who wants a monetary payment in connection with the casino owned by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians.

Judge schedules hearing in Gun Lake Tribe's gaming land litigation">Filed Under: Land Acquisitions | Legislation | Litigation
Judge schedules hearing in Gun Lake Tribe's gaming land litigation (09/02)
The hearing comes two years after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Salazar v. Patchak.

House committee passes bill to protect Gun Lake Tribe's casino ">Filed Under: Legislation | Litigation
House committee passes bill to protect Gun Lake Tribe's casino (08/01)
A case pending in federal court puts 1,000 jobs in jeopardy.

City fighting casino opposes   BIA     land-into-trust appeal ruleFiled Under: Casino Stalker
City fighting casino opposes BIA land-into-trust appeal rule (07/19)
A city that's fighting a casino proposed by the Coquille Tribe is opposing a new Bureau of Indian Affairs regulation that affects land-into-trust applications. The rule allows the BIA to finalize a land-into-trust application without a 30-day waiting period. Officials...

Enterprise Rancheria off-reservation casino site put in trustFiled Under: California | Casino Stalker | Federal Register | Litigation
Enterprise Rancheria off-reservation casino site put in trust (05/20)
Rendering of the proposed Enterprise Rancheria casino. Photo Enterprise Rancheria. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has placed an off-reservation gaming site in trust for the Enterprise Rancheria in California. The BIA published notice of the acquisition in the Federal Register...

BIA considers another land-into-trust shift in gaming casesFiled Under: Land Acquisitions | Litigation
BIA considers another land-into-trust shift in gaming cases (02/25)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is considering another policy change in light of gaming litigation, according to Indian Country Today. Regulations require the BIA to publish notice of a land-into-trust acquisition in the Federal Register and in other public venues....

Sen. Feinstein questions new casino land-into-trust strategyFiled Under: California | Casino Stalker | Litigation
Sen. Feinstein questions new casino land-into-trust strategy (02/05)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) is asking the Obama administration to pull back its new litigation policy regarding land-into-trust acquisitions. Litigation historically has prompted the Bureau of Indian Affairs to "self-stay" the acquisition until the case is resolved. But the Obama...

BIA wins another ruling for California off-reservation casinosFiled Under: California | Casino Stalker | Litigation
BIA wins another ruling for California off-reservation casinos (01/31)
The Obama administration saw a second victory in litigation involving off-reservation gaming in California. Judge John A. Mendez refused to stop the Bureau of Indian Affairs from placing a casino site in trust for the Enterprise Rancheria. He said opponents...

BIA plans to place North Fork casino site into trust on FridayFiled Under: California | Casino Stalker | Litigation
BIA plans to place North Fork casino site into trust on Friday (01/30)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs will be placing the off-reservation casino site for the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians into trust on Friday, according to documents filed in federal court. The BIA published notice of the acquisition in the...

Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit   takes place in SeattleFiled Under: Meetings | NIGC
Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit takes place in Seattle (12/13)
The 10th annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit kicks off today in Seattle, Washington. Featured speakers include Kevin Washburn, the new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Tracie Stevens, the chairwoman of the National Indian Gaming Commission. Hot topics...

Judge dismisses state claims in Wyandotte Nation casino case Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Judge dismisses state claims in Wyandotte Nation casino case (08/06)
A federal judge dismissed the state of Kansas from the Wyandotte Nation gaming lawsuit. The tribe sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs for failing to approve a land-into-trust application for 10.5 acres in Park City. A land claim settlement mandates...

Opinion: Supreme Court reopens debate on casino acquisitionsFiled Under: Opinion
Opinion: Supreme Court reopens debate on casino acquisitions (08/06)
"Placing land into trust is a “federal action,” which is supposed to require application the National Environmental Policy Act, but that law has been ignored or undermined frequently over recent decades. The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs has frequently granted...

1st Circuit revives challenge over tribal provisions in gaming lawFiled Under: Legislation | Litigation
1st Circuit revives challenge over tribal provisions in gaming law (08/02)
The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday revived a lawsuit that challenges the tribal provisions of H.3702, the Massachusetts gaming law. The law authorizes three casinos in different regions of the state. The facility in Region C -- southeastern...

Judge wants brief on Wyandotte Nation casino and Patchak rulingFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Judge wants brief on Wyandotte Nation casino and Patchak ruling (07/05)
A federal judge wants to know whether the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak affects the proposed Wyandotte Nation casino in Kansas. The tribe sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs for failing to approve a land-into-trust application for...

Opinion: Supreme Court decision and its impact on Indian gamingFiled Under: Opinion
Opinion: Supreme Court decision and its impact on Indian gaming (07/05)
"By this time, everyone with an interest in gaming, is aware of last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision rendered in the case of Match-EBe- Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak. The Tribe is commonly known as the "Gun Lake...

Opinion: Patchak decision affects Twentynine Palms Band casinoFiled Under: California | Opinion
Opinion: Patchak decision affects Twentynine Palms Band casino (07/05)
"While all eyes were on the U.S. Supreme Court as it deliberated over the Affordable Care Act, the nation's highest court handed down an unrelated decision that may well have significant impact on one of the California Desert's most popular...

Robert McGhee: Poarch Creek gaming pays for essential services Filed Under: Opinion
Robert McGhee: Poarch Creek gaming pays for essential services (07/02)
"In 1984, the United States federally recognized the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. A short time later, we opened our first gaming operation. Under federal law, we must use our gaming revenues, first and foremost, to pay for essential governmental...

Turtle Talk: Ironies of the Supreme Court's land-into-trust rulingFiled Under: Litigation
Turtle Talk: Ironies of the Supreme Court's land-into-trust ruling (06/27)
"Here are some interesting ironies of the reasoning and outcome in Patchak. First, the prudential standing of David Patchak to sue the federal government to protect the rural character of his community (and related objections) — under Michigan law (I...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino foes ready for more litigation Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino foes ready for more litigation (06/25)
With one lawsuit already on the docket, a non-Indian gaming developer is prepared for more litigation to stop the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from building a casino in southeastern Massachusetts. H.3702, the state's gaming law, authorizes one casino for "a federally...

BIA considers Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino land-into-trustFiled Under: Casino Stalker
BIA considers Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino land-into-trust (06/21)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs held the first public hearing on a land-into-trust application for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts. The tribe wants to use 145 acres in Taunton for a casino and 170 acres in Mashpee for a...

Supreme Court ruling not seen to affect Graton Rancheria casinoFiled Under: California | Compacts | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Supreme Court ruling not seen to affect Graton Rancheria casino (06/21)
The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak likely won't affect the casino for the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Fitch Ratings said in a corrected press release. The tribe was restored to federal recognition by an act of...

Enterprise Rancheria casino foes welcome Supreme Court rulingFiled Under: California | Casino Stalker
Enterprise Rancheria casino foes welcome Supreme Court ruling (06/21)
Opponents of the Enterprise Rancheria casino say the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak will help their cause. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has yet to make a final decision on the tribe's land-into-trust application. But foes say...

Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe confident of casino land-into-trust Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe confident of casino land-into-trust (06/20)
The leader of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts doesn't think its casino project will be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak. The tribe has submitted a land-into-trust application to use 145 acres in Taunton...

Graton Rancheria casino foes welcome Supreme Court decisionFiled Under: California | Casino Stalker | Litigation
Graton Rancheria casino foes welcome Supreme Court decision (06/20)
Opponents of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria believe the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak will help their cause. The Stop the Casino 101 Coalition sued to block the Bureau of Indian Affairs from approving the tribe's...

Supreme Court decision seen as hindrance for casino financing Filed Under: Business Deals | Casino Stalker | Litigation
Supreme Court decision seen as hindrance for casino financing (06/20)
The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak will have an effect on financing for tribal casinos, according to Fitch Ratings. The decision allows just about anyone to challenge a land-into-trust application. Historically, lawsuits were filed by state and...

Non-Indian behind Gun Lake casino challenge applauds decisionFiled Under: Litigation
Non-Indian behind Gun Lake casino challenge applauds decision (06/19)
The non-Indian behind the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak is ready to prove his case in court, an attorney said. David Patchak sued the Interior Department for approving a land-into-trust application for the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi...

Poarch Creeks say Supreme Court decision won't affect casinos Filed Under: Litigation
Poarch Creeks say Supreme Court decision won't affect casinos (06/19)
The Poarch Creek Band of Indians in Alabama says a new decision from the U.S. Supreme Court won't affect its casinos. In Salazar v. Patchak, the justices ruled that the Interior Department can be sued for approving a land-into-trust application...

Opinion: Supreme Court ruling could affect Poarch Creek casinos Filed Under: Opinion
Opinion: Supreme Court ruling could affect Poarch Creek casinos (06/15)
"While attention is focused on the pending decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on Obamacare, the court will issue another decision that could have major ramifications for the state of Alabama. Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak (Patchak) could...

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