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Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gains local support for homelands legislation
Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions | Legislation | Litigation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gains local support for homelands legislation (May 22, 2018)
After seeing some initial opposition, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has gained local support for a bill to protect its homelands in Massachusetts.

Tribes and sovereignty still don't mix when it comes to labor laws
California | Legislation | Litigation
Tribes and sovereignty still don't mix when it comes to labor laws (May 4, 2018)
Efforts by Indian Country to assert sovereignty over labor laws are failing in the courts, not just in the halls of Congress.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces local questions about homelands bill
Casino Stalker | Legislation | Litigation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces local questions about homelands bill (April 24, 2018)
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is seeing support in the nation's capital for a bill to protect its homelands but the situation looks a little different back home.

Chickasaw Nation spends big on lobbying for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation
Chickasaw Nation spends big on lobbying for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (April 17, 2018)
The Chickasaw Nation already enjoys an exemption from federal labor law but has been spending big in order to help the rest of Indian Country.

Senate places controversial Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act on schedule
Legislation
Senate places controversial Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act on schedule (April 16, 2018)
All eyes are on the Senate as the chamber takes up the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act for the first time.

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act remains in limbo without action in Senate
Legislation
Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act remains in limbo without action in Senate (April 12, 2018)
Tribes are reportedly 'furious' with a key Democrat as the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act remains in limbo in the 115th Congress.

Ruffey Rancheria federal recognition bill being changed amid casino fears
California | Legislation
Ruffey Rancheria federal recognition bill being changed amid casino fears (April 9, 2018)
A bill to restore federal recognition to the Ruffey Rancheria is being amended after fears were raised about a casino.

Ruffey Rancheria federal recognition bill raises fears of another casino
California | Legislation
Ruffey Rancheria federal recognition bill raises fears of another casino (April 5, 2018)
A bill to restore federal recognition to the Ruffey Rancheria is raising fears of a casino and questions about the tribe's legitimacy.

Mashantucket Tribe oversees another union election for casino workers
Connecticut | Legislation
Mashantucket Tribe oversees another union election for casino workers (April 5, 2018)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is overseeing another election for casino workers who are interested in joining a labor union.

Hearing expected in Senate on Lytton Band homelands measure
California | Land Acquisitions | Legislation
Hearing expected in Senate on Lytton Band homelands measure (March 27, 2018)
A bill to place about 940 acres in trust for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians appears to be gaining steam on Capitol Hill.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hails bill to reaffirm status of homelands
Casino Stalker | Legislation | Litigation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hails bill to reaffirm status of homelands (March 21, 2018)
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is welcoming a new bill that reaffirms the trust status of its homelands in Massachusetts.

Rep. Cole seeks to add Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act to funding bill
Legislation
Rep. Cole seeks to add Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act to funding bill (March 12, 2018)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) is hoping to add the controversial Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act to a must-pass spending bill.

Wilton Rancheria wins court decision in favor of long-awaited casino
California | Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions | Litigation
Wilton Rancheria wins court decision in favor of long-awaited casino (March 1, 2018)
A federal judge has sided with the Wilton Rancheria, rejecting a challenge to the tribe's long-awaited casino project in northern California.

Bill affirms Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and Tigua Tribe gaming rights
Legislation | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Bill affirms Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and Tigua Tribe gaming rights (February 15, 2018)
A bill introduced in the U.S. Congress affirms that the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo can engage in gaming on their homelands in Texas.

Tribes looking for more support to pass controversial sovereignty bill
Legislation | Regulation
Tribes looking for more support to pass controversial sovereignty bill (February 14, 2018)
Tribes are not quite there when it comes to a controversial bill that recognizes their sovereignty over labor unions. An anticipated vote has been delayed on Capitol Hill.

Chumash Tribe reaffirms prohibition on gaming at land-into-trust site
California | Land Acquisitions | Legislation
Chumash Tribe reaffirms prohibition on gaming at land-into-trust site (January 25, 2018)
The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has no plans for gaming at its land-into-trust site in California, Chairman Kenneth Kahn confirmed.

Union slams Democrats who supported Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation
Union slams Democrats who supported Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (January 23, 2018)
A prominent labor union plans to punish Democrats who voted for a bill that exempts tribes and their enterprises from federal labor law.

Vote anticipated in February on bill with Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation | Meetings
Vote anticipated in February on bill with Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (January 22, 2018)
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.

Republican sponsor of Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act benefits from gaming interests
Legislation
Republican sponsor of Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act benefits from gaming interests (January 12, 2018)
Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana) has received more than $163,000 in donations from Indian gaming interests since 2015

Morongo Band accused of treating casino employees unfairly amid labor dispute
California
Morongo Band accused of treating casino employees unfairly amid labor dispute (December 6, 2017)
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is in a dispute with a labor union that's representing employees at the tribe's casino in southern California.

Lawmakers easily approve tribal land bill as Supreme Court weighs major case
Legislation | Litigation
Lawmakers easily approve tribal land bill as Supreme Court weighs major case (November 13, 2017)
A bill to protect the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and its gaming enterprise from litigation is moving forward in Congress while the U.S. Supreme Court determines whether the approach is legal.

Trump hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs heads back to Capitol Hill for gaming hearing
NIGC | Regulation
Trump hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs heads back to Capitol Hill for gaming hearing (October 2, 2017)
The senior-most political official at the Bureau of Indian Affairs is back on Capitol Hill to testify at a hearing about the tribal gaming industry.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on tribal gaming industry
NIGC | Regulation
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on tribal gaming industry (September 25, 2017)
It's that time again -- the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding an oversight hearing on the tribal gaming industry.

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act reportedly moves closer to passage in Senate
Legislation
Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act reportedly moves closer to passage in Senate (July 25, 2017)
Could 2017 finally be the year for the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act?

Cronkite News: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act is back on the agenda
Legislation
Cronkite News: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act is back on the agenda (March 30, 2017)
Tribal leaders called on Congress to exempt their governments and government-run businesses from oversight by the National Labor Relations Board, a right they said is enjoyed by every other government in the country.

Shawnee Tribe plans to start work soon on off-reservation casino
Casino Stalker | Openings & Closings
Shawnee Tribe plans to start work soon on off-reservation casino (March 13, 2017)
The project came up when Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made his first appearance on Capitol Hill.

Meskwaki Tribe ordered to pay damages for incident at casino
Litigation
Meskwaki Tribe ordered to pay damages for incident at casino (February 23, 2017)
The tribe contended it was protected by sovereign immunity in small claims court in Iowa.

Republican lawmaker renews push for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation | Meetings
Republican lawmaker renews push for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (February 14, 2017)
Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana), whose top staffer is a tribal citizen, thinks the bill can finally become law.

Senate committee passes Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act once again
Legislation
Senate committee passes Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act once again (February 8, 2017)
Some Democrats on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs objected to a bill that shields tribes and their casinos from federal labor law.

Wilton Rancheria casino land in limbo amid change in administration
California | Casino Stalker
Wilton Rancheria casino land in limbo amid change in administration (February 2, 2017)
The California tribe has been without a land base ever since it was illegally terminated in the 1950s.

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