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COVID-19 in Indian Country

For news about tribal casino closures and more, check out all the latest updates on our COVID-19 in Indian Country page.

Posted: March 16, 2020


Pamunkey Tribe eager to move forward with casino proposals

The recently recognized Pamunkey Tribe is seeking to build two casinos in Virginia as full-scale gaming moves closer to reality.

Posted: March 23, 2020


Catawba Nation celebrates after Trump administration changes mind on casino project

It took nearly seven years but the Catawba Nation has finally won approval to build a casino after the Trump administration changed its mind on the matter.

Posted: March 16, 2020


National Indian Gaming Association postpones annual convention

The 2020 Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention is being rescheduled in light of coronavirus concerns in California.

Posted: March 16, 2020


Tribes continue to share gaming revenues in Oklahoma despite dispute with governor

Tribes in Oklahoma continue to share Class III gaming revenues with the state even though the Republican governor claims their agreements expired on January 1.

Posted: March 9, 2020


Sault Ste. Marie Tribe wins major victory in homelands litigation

The Trump administration's disjointed tribal homelands policy continues to crumble amid scrutiny in the courts and in Indian Country.

Posted: March 6, 2020



NIGA keeps close watch on coronavirus ahead of annual convention

The National Indian Gaming Association is getting ready for another successful tradeshow.

Posted: March 6, 2020


Umatilla Tribes reopen casino after addressing coronavirus

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation reopened their gaming facility after addressing fears connected to the coronavirus in Oregon.

Posted: March 5, 2020


Native Sun News Today: Alcohol sales at casinos proposed

Voters of the Oglala Sioux Tribe are being asked to approve the sale of alcohol at gaming establishments on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Posted: March 5, 2020


Tribes at odds with governor over expansion of gaming in Connecticut

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe want to expand gaming in Connecticut but the governor is backing rival legislation that could undermine their rights.

Posted: March 3, 2020


Oklahoma governor won't let Indian ancestry doubts derail gaming dispute

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation but the tribe once tried to remove his ancestors from their rolls.

Posted: March 2, 2020



Umatilla Tribes shut down casino and takes precautions as coronavirus hits Indian Country

A casino employee tested 'presumptive positive' for the coronavirus, prompting the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation into action.

Posted: March 2, 2020


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe loses appeal in homelands case

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe isn't giving up despite a negative ruling from a federal appeals court.

Posted: March 2, 2020


'I don't think he can spell sovereignty': Oklahoma governor faces fire in high-profile gaming dispute

Tribal leaders ripped Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) to shreds in a blockbuster story that raises significant doubts about the Cherokee ancestry of the state's top executive.

Posted: February 20, 2020


Pokagon Band shares another $860,000 in gaming revenues in Indiana

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians continues a unique arrangement that began under former mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is now a leading Democratic candidate for president.

Posted: February 19, 2020


NCAI stands with tribes in high-profile gaming dispute in Oklahoma

The National Congress of American Indians is throwing its weight behind tribes in Oklahoma as they deal with one of the greatest threats to their sovereignty.

Posted: February 18, 2020



Shoshone-Bannock Tribes face rumors of casino following land purchase

A recent land purchase is stirring rumors of an off-reservation casino in Idaho.

Posted: February 13, 2020


Eight plead guilty to stealing more than $5 million from Miccosukee Tribe

Eight people admitted they stole $5.3 million in cash from Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Florida.

Posted: February 6, 2020


Tribes continue to take hit from electronic pull tabs in North Dakota

Tribes are continuing to lose revenues due to the proliferation of non-Indian electronic pull tabs across North Dakota.

Posted: February 6, 2020


Alabama governor wants 'facts' on gaming compact with Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) still won't commit to negotiating a Class III gaming compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

Posted: February 5, 2020


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe stands alone in battle for homelands

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is heading to court to defend the status of its reservation in Massachusetts.

Posted: January 30, 2020


Grand Traverse Band shares gaming revenues with community

Since 1994, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians has shared more than $41 million with local governments, schools and organizations in Michigan.

Posted: January 30, 2020


Republican leader agrees with tribes in gaming compact dispute

A key Republican lawmaker is siding with tribes in an ongoing Class III gaming compact dispute in Oklahoma.

Posted: January 29, 2020


Alabama-Coushatta Tribe turns to Congress after hitting end of road at Supreme Court

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe won't be able to argue for its gaming rights at the nation's highest court.

Posted: January 27, 2020


Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe defends sovereignty in gaming case

Class II gaming is not subject to state or local jurisdiction but a federal judge is trying to force the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to cede authority anyway.

Posted: January 27, 2020


Kevin Stitt: Tribes must share more gaming revenues with Oklahoma

The Native American governor of Oklahoma took office a year ago. His relationship with tribes hasn't been the greatest.

Posted: January 27, 2020


Pamunkey Tribe goes commercial casino route in Virginia

The Pamunkey Tribe is agreeing to follow state law and pursue a commercial casino.

Posted: January 15, 2020


Tule River Tribe continues long push to relocate casino

The Tule River Tribe continues to make strides toward moving its casino to a new location in California.

Posted: January 15, 2020


Oklahoma's gaming fight is about people’s lives

According to the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics, about 1,900 Oklahomans earn their living as Class III gaming dealers.

Posted: January 14, 2020


Tribes join race for commercial casino in Virginia

Two Indian nations are looking to land a commercial casino in Virginia while a third keeps its options open after recently gaining federal recognition.

Posted: January 8, 2020


Tribes sue Oklahoma governor to protect Class III gaming rights

The Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, the Choctaw Nation are suing the Republican governor of Oklahoma as a gaming impasse enters the new year.

Posted: January 6, 2020


John Berrey: Oklahoma governor threatens tribal economies

The Oklahoma governor’s actions have begun threatening the stability of tribal gaming, and thereby the revenue bases of tribal governments and the countless gaming industry jobs across the state that provide livelihoods to Oklahomans.

Posted: January 1, 2020


Oklahoma governor stands alone in tribal gaming compact negotiations

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is growing increasingly isolated as he continues to demand a larger share of gaming revenues from tribes.

Posted: December 18, 2019


Partnerships with Cherokee Nation, tribes are key to Oklahoma's bright future

Instead of trying to throw out our successful gaming compacts so the state can increase its revenue on the backs of tribes, our state government and the citizens of Oklahoma would be better served by embracing tribes and their successes.

Posted: December 16, 2019


Bay Mills Indian Community wins ruling in long-running gaming case

A long-running dispute between the Bay Mills Indian Community and the state of Michigan has been revived, giving the tribe a win in a casino controversy that once went to the nation's highest court.

Posted: December 16, 2019


Oklahoma governor threatens tribes with non-Indian gaming

Gov. Kevin Stitt (R), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is threatening to bring non-Indian casinos to Oklahoma if tribes don't agree to his demands.

Posted: December 11, 2019


California Nations Indian Gaming Association bids farewell to leadership

Steve Stallings is leaving the California Nations Indian Gaming Association after eight years as chairman of the largest tribal casino organization in California.

Posted: December 5, 2019


Deadline approaches in tribal gaming compact dispute in Oklahoma

Do Oklahoma's Class III gaming compacts expire at the end of the month? Tribes might soon find out.

Posted: December 4, 2019


Poarch Band of Creek Indians plans $90 million expansion of casino hotel

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians announced plans to expand its commercial casino in Pennsylvania, just months after taking over the facility.

Posted: December 4, 2019


Gun Lake Tribe shares more than $9.5 million in gaming revenues

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, has shared more than $91 million with Michigan since 2011.

Posted: December 4, 2019


Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes move forward with casino expansion

Citizens of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes approved a limited waiver of sovereign immunity in order to obtain financing for a gaming project.

Posted: December 3, 2019


Jamul Indian Village serves unique brand of wine at casino

Diners at the casino owned by the Jamul Indian Village can enjoy a wine connected to the tribe's history.

Posted: December 2, 2019


Coeur d'Alene Tribe taps longtime employee to lead gaming enterprise

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has chosen one of its own to lead its gaming enterprise.

Posted: November 27, 2019


Tohono O'odham Nation prepares for opening of permanent casino

The Tohono O'odham Nation will be hiring up to 1,300 people for its casino near Arizona's biggest city.

Posted: November 27, 2019


Ho-Chunk Nation showcases Native food at gaming facility

A Ho-Chunk Nation casino is celebrating Native American Heritage Month with a Native food menu created by Chef Elena Terry, a tribal citizen.

Posted: November 26, 2019


Pamunkey Tribe asserts rights after release of gaming study

A new gaming study is warning of the pitfalls of awarding exclusive casino licenses to tribal nations.

Posted: November 25, 2019


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