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
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
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
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
Tule River Tribe gains federal approval to move casino
The Trump administration says the Tule River Tribe can move its casino to a new site but the governor of California must agree too.
Posted: November 5, 2019
Tribes and state of Oklahoma remain far apart when it comes to gaming
Tribes have already shared over $1.2 billion in gaming revenues with Oklahoma but the state wants a lot more.
Posted: October 29, 2019
Senate panel moves quickly on Trump nominee for National Indian Gaming Commission
Sequoyah Simermeyer is well on his way to becoming the first Republican-chosen leader of the National Indian Gaming Commission in more than a decade.
Posted: July 29, 2019
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe no longer being financed by backer of stalled casino
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues to see setbacks as it battles the Trump administration in court.
Posted: March 4, 2019
Little River Band still waiting for Bureau of Indian Affairs to make decision
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians was making progress. Then came the government shutdown.
Posted: February 25, 2019
National Indian Gaming Commission names new regional director
The National Indian Gaming Commission continues to serve tribal nations amid the government shutdown.
Posted: January 24, 2019
Ho-Chunk Nation sees support for off-reservation casino
The Ho-Chunk Nation is moving forward with a $405 million development in Beloit, Wisconsin.
Posted: December 13, 2018
Quapaw Nation awaits decision on gaming license in Arkansas
The Quapaw Nation is planning to build a commercial casino in an area of Arkansas where the tribe has long connections.
Posted: December 12, 2018
Public hearings set for two off-reservation casinos in Midwest
The Midwest regional office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs is busy with off-reservation gaming projects.
Posted: December 10, 2018
Little River Band takes major step forward with casino bid
It's only taken three years but the Bureau of Indian Affairs is finally moving forward on an off-reservation casino in Michigan.
Posted: November 26, 2018
Ho-Chunk Nation prepares for public hearing on casino project
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is taking public comments on the proposed Ho-Chunk Nation casino in Wisconsin.
Posted: November 19, 2018
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate updates Class III gaming compact
Public hearings are scheduled to discuss the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate's new gaming agreement in South Dakota.
Posted: November 16, 2018
A 'milestone': Tule River Tribe moves forward with casino plan
Comments are being accepted on the Tule River Tribe's casino impact study and a public meeting has been scheduled.
Posted: September 26, 2018
Cast and crew of Smoke Signals reunites for 20th anniversary
The National Indian Gaming Association is hosting a special screening of Smoke Signals during its upcoming convention.
Posted: September 25, 2018
Tribes gain support in bid to stop expansion of non-Indian gaming
The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians is warning of the "devastating" impacts of a ballot measure in Idaho.
Posted: September 20, 2018
Table Mountain Rancheria plans new and larger casino with a hotel
The Table Mountain Rancheria is building a bigger casino on its reservation, adding a hotel to the property for the first time.
Posted: June 7, 2018
Pamunkey Tribe not invited to local meeting about casino plan
Local officials in Virginia are hosting a town hall to discuss plans for a casino only they haven't invited a key player.
Posted: May 23, 2018
Mohegan Tribe on track to complete convention center at casino
The Mohegan Tribe will debut an $80 million convention center at its casino in Connecticut in June.
Posted: March 29, 2018
National Indian Gaming Association hosts big meeting in Las Vegas
The National Indian Gaming Association is getting ready for its annual tradeshow and convention.
Posted: March 12, 2018
Vote anticipated in February on bill with Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
A final vote on a bill to exempt tribal casinos from federal labor law is expected in February, around the same time tribal leaders are in Washington, D.C.
Posted: January 22, 2018
Seneca Nation slams governor of New York for repeatedly putting off gaming meetings
The Seneca Nation is firing back at the governor of New York for refusing to sit down and discuss gaming issues.
Posted: August 23, 2017
Seneca Nation plans meeting with state to discuss future of gaming compact
The Seneca Nation is still willing to sit down with the state of New York to discuss gaming issues but a meeting has proven elusive.
Posted: August 9, 2017
National Indian Gaming Association honors Native casting director
Tricia Wood, who is Seneca-Cayuga and Cherokee, worked on the award-winning La La Land.
Posted: March 21, 2017
Republican lawmaker renews push for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana), whose top staffer is a tribal citizen, thinks the bill can finally become law.
Posted: February 14, 2017
Indian gaming on agenda for winter meeting of state lawmakers
The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States is meeting in Arizona, where new tribal compacts were just signed.
Posted: January 2, 2017
Oklahoma Tribal Gaming Regulators Association elects vice chair
Jean Ann Blalock, a member of the Quapaw Tribe, was sworn into her position during the organization's fall meeting.
Posted: November 16, 2016
American Gaming Association welcomes Indian Country to board
The board now includes representation from five tribes across the nation.
Posted: September 19, 2016
Another Class III gaming compact up for review in South Dakota
The agreement with the Yankton Sioux Tribe will be the subject of a public hearing on August 11.
Posted: July 19, 2016
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe eyes new Class III gaming compact
The proposed agreement appears to be the first in South Dakota to mandate some form of revenue sharing.
Posted: July 13, 2016
Coquille Tribe faced threats for hosting Donald Trump supporters at casino
Only about 50 people attended the meeting at The Mill Casino, which rented space to supporters of the controversial Republican presidential candidate.
Posted: July 11, 2016
National Indian Gaming Association ready for legislative summit
This year's event will be special because the organization is debuting its new home, the Stanley R. Crooks Tribal Leaders Center.
Posted: June 7, 2016
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe casino up for discussion at another meeting
The city of Ridgecrest, California, will hold the fifth meeting in as many weeks on the proposed casino.
Posted: May 17, 2016
Victor Rocha helps National Indian Gaming Association with events
The proprietor of the Pechanga.net gaming website is serving conference chair for NIGA's upcoming annual and mid-year conferences.
Posted: May 10, 2016
Cowlitz Tribe hosts forums on casino construction and related work
The tribe will be offering updates on the fast-rising casino, a $15 million water reclamation plant and a $32 million highway improvement project.
Posted: May 5, 2016
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe casino up for discussion at city meeting
The project has stirred significant debate in Ridgecrest, California.
Posted: May 3, 2016
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe sees warmer reception to casino bid
A large group of advocates listened to Chairman George Gholson explain why the tribe is pursuing a development more than 130 miles from its headquarters.
Posted: April 29, 2016
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe off-reservation casino bid stirs debate
The project, which is generating significant discussion online, is the subject of a special town hall in Ridgecrest, California.
Posted: April 26, 2016
Critics cite God in opposing Timbisha Shoshone Tribe casino plan
One pastor asked: 'Do we want to risk the displeasure of God for $395,000 a year?'
Posted: April 22, 2016
White Earth Nation tries to address concerns about planned casino
The tribe hopes to open a casino at Star Lake, a community away from the reservation, sometime in 2017.
Posted: April 18, 2016
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation promotes gaming plan in Illinois
The tribe is going through the land-into-trust process for site within its ancestral reservation in present-day DeKalb County.
Posted: January 27, 2016
Wilton Rancheria ready for BIA public hearing on gaming proposal
Chairman Raymond Hitchcock anticipates a long process to get the land in trust for the proposed casino.
Posted: January 27, 2016
Groups unite to promote Indian gaming industry at global forum
The National Indian Gaming Association, the Arizona Indian Gaming Association and the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, along with Victor Rocha of Pechanga.net, are presenting a seminar at ICE Totally Gaming.
Posted: January 13, 2016
Wilton Rancheria anticipates lengthy process for gaming project
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is finally taking action on the tribe's land-into-trust application for a casino near Sacramento, California.
Posted: January 13, 2016
BIA hosts meeting on Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation casino bid
The tribe, whose headquarters are located in Kansas, plans a Class II facility on an ancestral reservation in Illinois.
Posted: January 12, 2016
Wilton Rancheria sees BIA movement on long-awaited casino bid
Plans call for a 601,780 square-foot facility that includes a 110,260 square-foot gaming floor, a 302-room hotel, a 48,150-square-foot convention center and a 3,500-space parking lot.
Posted: January 4, 2016
NIGA honors Coeur d'Alene leader with sovereignty award
Ernie Stensgar received the John F. Kieffer Sovereignty Award for his efforts to promote tribal sovereignty.
Posted: November 6, 2015
President of Navajo Nation touts benefits of gaming enterprise
In just five years, the tribe has built four gaming facilities and has paid out more than $122.5 million in employee benefits and salaries.
Posted: November 2, 2015
Key Democrat defends support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota) blasted a labor union for running ads that she called 'racist' and 'blatantly anti-Indian."
Posted: October 20, 2015
Little River Band sees support for off-reservation casino bid
A large crowd attended the first Bureau of Indian Affairs public hearing on the $180 million project in Fruitport Township, Michigan.
Posted: October 16, 2015
Little River Band set for hearing on off-reservation casino bid
MLive Muskegon Chronicle will carry a webcast of the public meeting for the $180 million project in Fuirtport Township, Michigan.
Posted: October 14, 2015
Little Traverse Bay Bands consider Class II for second casino
Revenue sharing with the local community won't be required if the tribe sticks with Class II games at a proposed facility in Mackinaw City.
Posted: October 6, 2015
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe vows fight over off-reservation casino
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians will be facing a formidable opponent as it purses the $180 million development in Michigan.
Posted: September 29, 2015
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority joins board of national group
The board of the American Gaming Association now includes more representation from Indian Country.
Posted: September 25, 2015
Little River Band sees strong support for off-reservation casino
Local officials are singing the praises of the $180 million project as the Bureau of Indian Affairs moves forward with the review process.
Posted: September 24, 2015
BIA sets hearing on Little River Band off-reservation casino bid
The tribe plans a $180 million development in Fruitport Township, about 80 miles from reservation headquarters.
Posted: September 21, 2015
Chairwoman of San Manuel Band to join Gaming Hall of Fame
Lynn Valbuena will be recognized during the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, later this month.
Posted: September 15, 2015
Lower Sioux Indian Community debuts $22M casino expansion
The tribe renovated the gaming floor and added a VIP lounge, bingo hall, sports bar and entertainment venue at the Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel in Morton, Minnesota.
Posted: August 27, 2015
Shawnee Tribe works with Chickasaw Nation on casino plan
Global Gaming Solutions, a Chickasaw subsidiary, plans to manage the Golden Mesa Casino in Oklahoma's panhandle.
Posted: August 24, 2015
Lawmakers show support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Members of both parties endorse labor measure at National Indian Gaming Association legislative summit in Washington, D.C.
Posted: July 22, 2015
Rep. McCollum vows support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
The co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus is the first prominent Democrat to announce her backing for the bill.
Posted: June 29, 2015
Tulalip Tribes host Northwest Indian Gaming Conference & Expo
Agenda topics include employee recruitment and retention, facility design, online gaming and regulation of the casino industry.
Posted: June 22, 2015
Homeowner group raises fears of casino from Miccosukee Tribe
The tribe has no plans to convert the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club into a casino but that hasn't stopped the opposition.
Posted: May 18, 2015
BIA hears from public on Pokagon Band gaming plan in Indiana
About 200 people attended a hearing to discuss plans for a $400 million development in South Bend, Indiana.
Posted: April 15, 2015
Pokagon Band gains city support for casino ahead of BIA hearing
Leaders in South Bend, Indiana, are laying out the welcome mat for the tribe as it seeks to further its presence in the state.
Posted: April 14, 2015
BIA to hear from public on Pokagon Band casino plan in Indiana
The tribe plans a $480 million development in South Bend, where many of its members live.
Posted: April 13, 2015
BIA to host public meeting for Pokagon Band casino in Indiana
The tribe is planning a $480 million development with housing and gaming in South Bend, Indiana.
Posted: March 24, 2015
Pokagon Band set for first public hearing on Indiana casino bid
A support group is rallying for the tribe while an opposition group remains secretive.
Posted: March 18, 2015
Tribal leaders urge unity and compromise in online poker talks
Internet poker was a big topic at the Western Indian Gaming Conference this week.
Posted: February 12, 2015
Tribes in California meet for Western Indian Gaming Conference
This year's event is being hosted by the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians.
Posted: February 10, 2015
Arizona Indian Gaming Association hosts annual convention
This year's agenda includes sessions on the outcome of the 2014 election, Internet gaming and regulation.
Posted: November 4, 2014
Report places economic impact of US gaming industry at $240B
Tribal facilities play an important role in shaping the U.S. gaming industry through jobs, revenues, direct and indirect spending as well as payroll and other taxes.
Posted: October 1, 2014
American Gaming Association includes tribes in economic report
Gaming facilities paid $38 billion in federal, state and local taxes in 2013, according to the new report.
Posted: September 30, 2014
NIGA to hold mid-year conference at Chickasaw Nation casino
This year's event takes place September 9-10 at WinStar World Casino and Resort.
Posted: August 19, 2014
Chumash Tribe hosts public meeting on $160M casino expansion
Th tribe is adding a 12-story hotel with 215 rooms to the Chumash Casino Resort.
Posted: July 31, 2014
Blog: GOP softens view on gaming at Eastern Cherokee casino
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians hosted the North Carolina Republican Party over the weekend and it turned out to be an odd affair.
Posted: June 9, 2014
Eastern Cherokees host state Republican convention at casino
Convention is being held in Indian Country for the first time.
Posted: June 4, 2014
NCAI leader urges open discussion about Poarch Creek casino
Save Hickory Ground staged a rally that was shut down by security guards.
Posted: May 30, 2014
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation chair receives highest NIGA award
The National Indian Gaming Association bestowed the Wendell A. Chino Humanitarian Award to Marshall McKay, the chairman of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation of California.
Posted: May 15, 2014
Tribes headed to annual Southern Gaming Summit in Mississippi
The annual Southern Gaming Summit will take place next week.
Posted: May 2, 2014
Lac du Flambeau Band sets off-reservation casino referendum
The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin will hold a referendum next month for its off-reservation casino.
Posted: April 8, 2014
Victor Rocha to host 2nd online gaming conference in Oklahoma
Victor Rocha, the owner of Pechanga.net, is bringing Indian Country Online to Oklahoma this June.
Posted: April 4, 2014
NIGC weighs change in handling of management contracts
The National Indian Gaming Commission might change the way it handles management contracts.
Posted: February 11, 2014
Victor Rocha: Opportunities for Indian gaming at ICE summit
Victor Rocha explains why he's attending the ICE Totally Gaming meeting next week in London.
Posted: January 28, 2014
Lac du Flambeau Band to host Internet gaming meeting
The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Wisconsin is hosting a meeting of the Tribal Internet Gaming Alliance this Friday.
Posted: January 13, 2014
Indian gaming on agenda for Northwest Gaming Law Summit
The 11th annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit kicks off today in Seattle, Washington.
Posted: December 12, 2013
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sees progress on casino land plan
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts was promised a decision on its casino land-into-trust application earlier this spring.
Posted: November 21, 2013
Press Release: Arizona Indian Gaming Association hosts expo next week
The Arizona Indian Gaming Association is gearing up for its EXPO AIGA next week.
Posted: October 30, 2013
Press Release: Arizona tribes gear up for annual conference
The Arizona Indian Gaming Association is holding its EXPO AIGA from November 6-8.
Posted: October 9, 2013
Victor Rocha announces online gaming symposium in 2014
Victor Rocha, the owner of Pechanga.net, will co-host the first inaugural iGaming Legislative Symposium on February 27, 2014.
Posted: October 8, 2013
GOPs praise Cherokee casino while opposing Catawba plan
The North Carolina Republican Party is hosting its convention at the casino owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians but the group says it has nothing to do with a controversial proposal from the Catawba Nation.
Posted: October 7, 2013
Great Plains Indian Gaming Association moves meeting date
The Great Plains Indian Gaming Association will be hosting its annual conference earlier than usual next year.
Posted: September 25, 2013
Press Release: Arizona Indian Gaming Association expo features Paul Rodriguez
The Arizona Indian Gaming Association welcomes Paul Rodriguez to its upcoming EXPO AIGA.
Posted: September 4, 2013
NIGC consults tribes at meetings in Washington and Oklahoma
The National Indian Gaming Commission will be consulting tribes at two upcoming meetings. The commission will be on the Tulalip Reservation in Washington next Thursday, July 18. The consultation takes place after the Northwest Indian Gaming Conference & Expo. “It...
Posted: July 12, 2013
Interview with Victor Rocha on Internet gaming conference
An interview iwith Victor Rocha, the owner of Pechanga.net, about the inaugural Indian Country Online: Becky Liggero: The tribes are very important to the gambling industry in the USA and that there are a lot of industry events scheduled year...
Posted: May 31, 2013
Victor Rocha: Come to the inaugural Indian Country Online
Victor Rocha, the owner of Pechanga.net, invites you to Indian Country Online, the first-ever conference dedicated to Internet gaming in Indian Country: Several people have asked why I created Indian Country Online: The 2013 Congress and the simple answer is...
Posted: May 15, 2013
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