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Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act still in limbo in heated election year
Legislation
Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act still in limbo in heated election year (October 18, 2016)
Tribes have been seeking to exempt their gaming facilities from the National Labor Relations Act for more than a decade.

Viejas Band loses decision in dispute with labor union at casino
California
Viejas Band loses decision in dispute with labor union at casino (October 12, 2016)
The loss is the latest in a string of decisions that tribes say threatens their sovereignty.

Tribes in California welcome labor unions at gaming facilities
California | Compacts | Legislation
Tribes in California welcome labor unions at gaming facilities (September 26, 2016)
Three tribes that operate some of the largest casinos in the state have adopted the Tribal Labor Relations Ordinance.

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in limbo as Congress returns to work
Legislation
Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in limbo as Congress returns to work (September 8, 2016)
Tribes have seen seeking to exempt their gaming facilities from the National Labor Relations Act for more than a decade.

Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bills in conflict on gaming rights
Legislation
Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bills in conflict on gaming rights (September 6, 2016)
The Senate version ensures the North Carolina tribe can open casinos on trust lands while the House version bars gaming.

Enterprise Rancheria wins federal approval to offer Class III games
California
Enterprise Rancheria wins federal approval to offer Class III games (August 15, 2016)
The decision comes after the tribe had put a pause on construction of the Fire Mountain Casino in California.

Enterprise Rancheria puts a pause on casino work amid uncertainty
California | Openings & Closings
Enterprise Rancheria puts a pause on casino work amid uncertainty (August 11, 2016)
Chairwoman Glenda Nelson is blaming rival tribes for holding up the long-delayed project.

Sen. Feinstein pushing for anti-gaming language in Carcieri fix
Connecticut | Legislation
Sen. Feinstein pushing for anti-gaming language in Carcieri fix (July 14, 2016)
The California lawmaker is trying to meddle with the Carcieri fix found in S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act.

Chukchansi Tribe still trying to prevent another tribe from opening casino
California | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Chukchansi Tribe still trying to prevent another tribe from opening casino (July 14, 2016)
Fears of competition are driving the California tribe into an extremely litigious position.

Enterprise Rancheria waits on Bureau of Indian Affairs for Class III gaming procedures
California | Compacts | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Enterprise Rancheria waits on Bureau of Indian Affairs for Class III gaming procedures (July 8, 2016)
The state of California failed to consent to a proposed gaming compact so the Bureau of Indian Affairs can now take action.

Enterprise Rancheria awaits action on Class III gaming compact
California | Compacts | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Enterprise Rancheria awaits action on Class III gaming compact (July 4, 2016)
The state of California faces a deadline to consent or reject the tribe's agreement.

Supreme Court deals setback to tribes in labor sovereignty dispute
California | Legislation | Litigation
Supreme Court deals setback to tribes in labor sovereignty dispute (June 27, 2016)
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.

Senate provision targeted tribes with commercial gaming plans
Compacts | Connecticut | Legislation
Senate provision targeted tribes with commercial gaming plans (June 27, 2016)
The amendment would have punished certain tribes that enter the commercial industry by requiring the Bureau of Indian Affairs to reject their gaming compacts.

Amendment drafted for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in defense bill
Legislation
Amendment drafted for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in defense bill (June 13, 2016)
Several Republicans in the Senate are supporting an amendment to include the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in a must-pass defense measure.

Ben Nighthorse Campbell: Pass the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation | Opinion
Ben Nighthorse Campbell: Pass the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (June 13, 2016)
Tribal sovereignty isn’t just a slogan, and it isn’t just limited to programs and services.

Enterprise Rancheria on track to debut gaming facility next year
California | Legislation | Openings & Closings
Enterprise Rancheria on track to debut gaming facility next year (June 3, 2016)
The 140,000 square-foot Fire Mountain Casino is expected to open in April or May of 2017.

Indian Country presses Supreme Court to hear labor law dispute
Legislation | Litigation
Indian Country presses Supreme Court to hear labor law dispute (May 31, 2016)
A broad coalition of tribal organizations and even two states are arguing that federal labor law should not be imposed in Indian Country.

Bryan Newland: Bill grants states a veto over tribal gaming rights
Compacts | Legislation | Opinion
Bryan Newland: Bill grants states a veto over tribal gaming rights (May 16, 2016)
H.R.5079 would mark a dramatic shift in congressional policy, because it would modify the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act to subject tribes to a state veto of the rights recognized in the Cabazon Supreme Court decision.

Rick Farinelli: Lawmaker wrong to sponsor anti-Indian casino bill
California | Legislation | Opinion
Rick Farinelli: Lawmaker wrong to sponsor anti-Indian casino bill (May 16, 2016)
For more than 12 years the North Fork Rancheria has diligently pursued its gaming project as specifically allowed by federal law and prevailed through every local, state and federal administrative review and approval.

Maryann McGovran: Don't be fooled by efforts of wealthy tribes
California | Legislation | Opinion
Maryann McGovran: Don't be fooled by efforts of wealthy tribes (May 13, 2016)
The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians want to use their wealth, gained from casino gaming, to change the rules and deny us our sovereign right to conduct class III gaming on our lands.

Claudia Gonzales: Off-reservation gaming fuels attacks on tribes
California | Legislation | Opinion
Claudia Gonzales: Off-reservation gaming fuels attacks on tribes (May 13, 2016)
Please allow the California gaming tribes to solve a local California problem in a local state specific way and do not oppose the passage of H.R. 5079, the California Compact Protection Act.

County in California  blasts lawmaker for anti-Indian gaming bill
California | Compacts | Legislation
County in California blasts lawmaker for anti-Indian gaming bill (May 13, 2016)
Rep. Jeff Denham (R) expressed support for the North Fork Rancheria's efforts as a state lawmaker but it looks like his tune has changed since arriving on Capitol Hill.

Tohono O'odham Nation still fighting anti-casino bill on Capitol Hill
Legislation | Openings & Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation still fighting anti-casino bill on Capitol Hill (May 11, 2016)
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona) is angling to bring H.R.308, the Keep the Promise Act, back up for a vote in the House.

North Fork Rancheria gets closer to new Class III gaming compact
California | Compacts | Legislation | Litigation
North Fork Rancheria gets closer to new Class III gaming compact (May 9, 2016)
Rival tribes are still hoping to stop the new development through H.R.5079, the California Compact Protection Act.

Bill blocks Class III gaming at two specific off-reservation casinos
California | Compacts | Legislation
Bill blocks Class III gaming at two specific off-reservation casinos (May 6, 2016)
H.R.5079, the California Compact Protection Act, includes extremely tailored yet twisted language aimed at preventing two California tribes from engaging in Class III gaming on their trust lands.

New bill takes aim at casinos opposed by rival tribes in California
California | Casino Stalker | Compacts | Legislation
New bill takes aim at casinos opposed by rival tribes in California (May 2, 2016)
The Enterprise Rancheria and the North Fork Rancheria are now being targeted by lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Indian Country pushes for action on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation
Indian Country pushes for action on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (April 7, 2016)
Tribes have been working to shore up Democratic support for a bill that exempts tribal enterprises from the National Labor Relations Act.

Tribes still shoring up support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation
Tribes still shoring up support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (February 23, 2016)
The bill needs at least 10 to 12 Democratic votes to advance in the Senate but so far only three have committed their support.

Editorial: Measure stops Lytton Band from pursuing new casinos
California | Legislation | Opinion
Editorial: Measure stops Lytton Band from pursuing new casinos (February 11, 2016)
Given the uproar over the construction of the Graton casino in Rohnert Park, why would anyone oppose a congressional bill that prevents the construction of a casino on tribal land in northern Sonoma County?

Sen. McCain still bothered by failure to block Arizona tribe's casino
Legislation | Openings & Closings
Sen. McCain still bothered by failure to block Arizona tribe's casino (February 4, 2016)
For the first time, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) publicly blamed Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) for the failure of the Keep the Promise Act.

House committee approves Lytton Band bill with casino limitation
California | Land Acquisitions | Legislation
House committee approves Lytton Band bill with casino limitation (February 3, 2016)
H.R.2538 appears to be the first bill that imposes geographic and temporal restrictions on future land acquisitions for a tribe that already has federal recognition.

Lytton Band accepts casino limitations in land-into-trust measure
California | Legislation
Lytton Band accepts casino limitations in land-into-trust measure (February 2, 2016)
H.R.2538, the Lytton Rancheria Homelands Act, bars gaming on any lands north of State Route 12 and prevents the tribe from pursuing a casino on lands south of the highway for 22 years.

Peter Roff: Congress should close Tohono O'odham Nation casino
Legislation | Openings & Closings | Opinion
Peter Roff: Congress should close Tohono O'odham Nation casino (January 27, 2016)
One tribe should not be allowed to hide behind the doctrine of 'sovereign immunity' to do an end run around everyone else.

Tohono O'odham Nation to open doors to contested casino
Litigation | Openings & Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation to open doors to contested casino (December 18, 2015)
The Desert Diamond Casino - West Valley is located on newly-acquired trust land in Glendale, Arizona.

Robert Odawi Porter: Labor unions try to confiscate tribal wealth
Legislation | Opinion
Robert Odawi Porter: Labor unions try to confiscate tribal wealth (December 7, 2015)
The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, which exempts tribal governments from application of the National Labor Relations Act, is a rare opportunity to both support tribal sovereignty and strengthen tribal economies.

Union slams Democrat for vote on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation
Union slams Democrat for vote on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (December 2, 2015)
Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon was one of 24 Democrats who voted in favor of a bill that treats tribes the same as other governments under the National Labor Relations Act.

Sault Tribe pushes for passage of Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation
Sault Tribe pushes for passage of Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (November 24, 2015)
Chairman Aaron Payment called on President Barack Obama and Michigan's two Democratic Senators to support parity for tribal governments.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe weighs Supreme Court appeal in NLRB case
Legislation | Litigation
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe weighs Supreme Court appeal in NLRB case (November 20, 2015)
The tribe is asserting its treaty rights in an attempt to shield the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort from the National Labor Relations Board.

Tohono O'odham Nation eyes more development at new casino
Legislation | Openings & Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation eyes more development at new casino (November 19, 2015)
The controversial Desert Diamond Casino in Glendale, Arizona, is putting 500 people to work and Chairman Ed Manuel said more jobs are in line for the future.

Lawmakers defy White House on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation | Litigation | Regulation
Lawmakers defy White House on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (November 18, 2015)
Republicans eagerly lined up to explain why tribes, like state and local governments, should be exempt from the National Labor Relations Act.

Laurie Roberts: Tohono O'odham Nation plays voters on casino
Legislation | Opinion
Laurie Roberts: Tohono O'odham Nation plays voters on casino (November 18, 2015)
From the handwriting on the wall department: a southern Arizona tribe has once again prevailed in the ongoing pitched battle to open a northwest Valley casino.

White House slams Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act ahead of vote
Legislation
White House slams Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act ahead of vote (November 17, 2015)
President Barack Obama won't support H.R.511 because his administration said it doesn't offer enough protections to tribal employees, the majority of whom are non-Indians.

Tohono O'odham Nation secures major victory in casino fight
Legislation | Openings & Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation secures major victory in casino fight (November 17, 2015)
A bill to prevent the tribe from using its trust land for a casino suffered a humiliating defeat on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act heads toward passage in House
Legislation | Litigation
Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act heads toward passage in House (November 16, 2015)
Some Democrats have objected but Republicans are set to approve a bill that exempts tribes and their enterprises from the National Labor Relations Act.

House votes on bill to stop Tohono O'odham Nation casino
Legislation | Openings & Closings
House votes on bill to stop Tohono O'odham Nation casino (November 16, 2015)
Congress has never passed a law that retroactively prohibits Indian land from being used for gaming.

Edward Manuel: Tohono O'odham Nation creates opportunity
Legislation | Opinion
Edward Manuel: Tohono O'odham Nation creates opportunity (November 13, 2015)
If passed, H.R. 308 will not only renege on the United States' promises to the Tohono O'odham Nation, it will hand pink slips to the 1,800 men and women working on site.

Melanie Sloan: An expensive battle over a new tribal casino
Legislation | Opinion
Melanie Sloan: An expensive battle over a new tribal casino (November 13, 2015)
Tribes are showering Washington politicians with campaign cash in an effort to beat down rival nations.

Tohono O'odham Nation sets December 20 opening for casino
Legislation | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation sets December 20 opening for casino (October 30, 2015)
After nearly six years of contentious litigation and high-stakes lobbying, the West Valley Resort in Glendale, Arizona, is almost here.

GOP still working on bill to block Tohono O'odham Nation casino
Legislation | Openings & Closings
GOP still working on bill to block Tohono O'odham Nation casino (October 28, 2015)
The Keep the Promise Act was pulled from a vote this week as Republicans held a fundraiser on Capitol Hill.

House gears up for consideration of Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Litigation
House gears up for consideration of Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (October 27, 2015)
The bill shields tribes and their enterprises, mainly gaming facilities, from federal labor law.

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