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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.

Sen. Feinstein pushing for anti-gaming language in Carcieri fixFiled Under: Connecticut | Legislation
Sen. Feinstein pushing for anti-gaming language in Carcieri fix (07/14)
The California lawmaker is trying to meddle with the Carcieri fix found in S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act.

Obama administration backs Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino bidFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Obama administration backs Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino bid (07/08)
The Massachusetts tribe's ability to follow the land-into-trust process is at issue in a closely-watched case.

Supreme Court takes a pass on tribal labor sovereignty disputeFiled Under: Litigation
Supreme Court takes a pass on tribal labor sovereignty dispute (07/01)
Law professor Matthew Fletcher believes the justices avoided the cases in order to avoid a deadlock.

Judge focuses on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino decisionFiled Under: Land Acquisitions | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Judge focuses on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino decision (06/30)
Opponents argue that the casino site in Massachusetts should not have been placed in trust as a result of the Supreme Court's decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.

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.

Supreme Court deals setback to tribes in labor sovereignty disputeFiled Under: California | Legislation | Litigation
Supreme Court deals setback to tribes in labor sovereignty dispute (06/27)
Indian Country rallied after two Michigan tribes lost their labor law cases but the nation's highest court won't be taking up the matter.

Supreme Court won't hear Pauma Band compact negotiation caseFiled Under: California | Compacts | Litigation
Supreme Court won't hear Pauma Band compact negotiation case (06/27)
The state of California is still on the hook for paying $36.2 million back to the tribe but a key issue remains on the table.

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.

Oregon tribe funds lawsuit against Cowlitz Tribe's fast-rising casinoFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Oregon tribe funds lawsuit against Cowlitz Tribe's fast-rising casino (06/20)
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde have joined non-Indian card rooms in trying to stop the new development in Washington.

National Indian Gaming Association honors the late Catawba Nation Chief Gilbert BlueFiled Under: Public Relations
National Indian Gaming Association honors the late Catawba Nation Chief Gilbert Blue (06/15)
NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens worked closely with the late Catawba Nation leader and the pair were even arrested together on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Editorial: Cayuga Nation can't claim sovereignty over gaming siteFiled Under: Litigation | New York | Opinion
Editorial: Cayuga Nation can't claim sovereignty over gaming site (06/06)
With a federal appeals court panel's ruling last week reinstating the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York lawsuit against Union Springs, the village has a few options to consider.

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.

Indian Country presses Supreme Court to hear labor law disputeFiled Under: Legislation | Litigation
Indian Country presses Supreme Court to hear labor law dispute (05/31)
A broad coalition of tribal organizations and even two states are arguing that federal labor law should not be imposed in Indian Country.

Supreme Court won't hear long-running Seneca Nation casino caseFiled Under: Litigation | NIGC | New York
Supreme Court won't hear long-running Seneca Nation casino case (05/31)
The tribe's gaming enterprise remains on solid legal ground now that the nation's highest court has put an end to the dispute.

9th Circuit won't rehear Tohono O'odham Nation gaming caseFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
9th Circuit won't rehear Tohono O'odham Nation gaming case (05/24)
The development sets the stage for a potential appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Supreme Court delays review of Seneca Nation land case againFiled Under: Litigation | NIGC | New York
Supreme Court delays review of Seneca Nation land case again (05/23)
Without explanation, the justices have twice delayed consideration of a petition that questions the legality of the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in Buffalo, New York.

Supreme Court takes up petition in Seneca Nation land case againFiled Under: Land Acquisitions | Litigation | NIGC | New York
Supreme Court takes up petition in Seneca Nation land case again (05/18)
After delaying action on a petition filed by casino opponents, the justices are due to consider a case that questions the legality of the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in New York.

Supreme Court delays action on Seneca Nation gaming land caseFiled Under: Land Acquisitions | Litigation | NIGC | New York
Supreme Court delays action on Seneca Nation gaming land case (05/16)
Without explanation, the justices delayed the consideration of a petition that questions whether the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is legal.

Supreme Court considers petition in Seneca Nation casino disputeFiled Under: Land Acquisitions | Litigation | NIGC | New York
Supreme Court considers petition in Seneca Nation casino dispute (05/11)
Opponents have been questioning the legality of the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in downtown Buffalo, New York, for years.

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.

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.

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.

Cowlitz Tribe accuses county of threatening casino site workersFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Cowlitz Tribe accuses county of threatening casino site workers (04/08)
Construction is progressing quickly on the tribe's reservation but officials in Clark County, Washington, aren't happy about it.

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.

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation waits for ruling on Illinois casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation waits for ruling on Illinois casino (03/29)
The tribe acquired 128 acres within the historic Shab-eh-nay Reservation in Illinois but is still going through the land-into-trust process for the site.

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.

California asks Supreme Court to hear Pauma Band compact caseFiled Under: California | Compacts | Litigation
California asks Supreme Court to hear Pauma Band compact case (03/21)
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the state to pay $36.2 million to the tribe for misrepresentations during the Class III negotiation process.

Appeals court in D.C. hears closely watched land-into-trust caseFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Appeals court in D.C. hears closely watched land-into-trust case (03/18)
The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington wants to join the Indian gaming industry but the Grand Ronde Tribes in neighboring Oregon hopes that doesn't happen.

Judge backs BIA in long-running Buena Vista Band gaming fightFiled Under: California | Casino Stalker | Litigation
Judge backs BIA in long-running Buena Vista Band gaming fight (03/17)
The northern California tribe has been trying to build a casino for more than 10 years but has been hindered by legal challenges.

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 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.

Mohegan Tribe casino worker wins case due to sovereign immunityFiled Under: Connecticut | Litigation
Mohegan Tribe casino worker wins case due to sovereign immunity (03/08)
A limousine driver at Mohegan Sun was acting within his official duties at the time of an October 2011 accident so he can't be sued without his consent.

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.

Opponents of Cowlitz Tribe ask judge to put a stop to casino workFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Opponents of Cowlitz Tribe ask judge to put a stop to casino work (03/04)
Construction is proceeding quickly on the $500 million Cowlitz Casino Project and an injunction would pose a major setback to the tribe.

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.

Cowlitz Tribe won't stop working on casino despite county threatFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Cowlitz Tribe won't stop working on casino despite county threat (02/29)
Officials in Clark County, Washington, claim construction of a wastewater treatment system at the casino site violates a local ordinance.

Opinion: Don't believe anti-casino hype in Lytton Band land bill Filed Under: California | Legislation | Opinion
Opinion: Don't believe anti-casino hype in Lytton Band land bill (02/23)
If you’ve been listening to Rep. Jared Huffman recently, you’d think that his bill HR 2538 would protect the town of Windsor and Sonoma County.

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.

Cowlitz Tribe celebrates start of construction on $500M casinoFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Cowlitz Tribe celebrates start of construction on $500M casino (02/15)
Opponents -- including a tribe with an existing casino -- are still fighting the project in court but the Cowlitz Casino and Entertainment Resort is quickly taking shape in Washington.

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.

Foes raise money to fight Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Legislation
Foes raise money to fight Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino (01/11)
An opposition group is vowing to take the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of preventing the tribe from opening a long-awaited casino.

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.

Quapaw Tribe secures dismissal of lawsuit over casino site in KansasFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions | Litigation | NIGC
Quapaw Tribe secures dismissal of lawsuit over casino site in Kansas (12/18)
The tribe plans to spend $15 million to expand the Downstream Casino Resort onto trust land in Kansas.

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.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe weighs Supreme Court appeal in NLRB caseFiled Under: Legislation | Litigation
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe weighs Supreme Court appeal in NLRB case (11/20)
The tribe is asserting its treaty rights in an attempt to shield the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort from the National Labor Relations Board.

Developers lose lawsuit over failed Kialegee Tribal Town casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Developers lose lawsuit over failed Kialegee Tribal Town casino (11/19)
Attorney Dennis J. Whittlesey was accused of malpractice but a federal judge dismissed the case against him.

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