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Donovan White: Standing up for Native Americans and Native American jobs

Donovan White: Standing up for Native Americans and Native American jobs (April 27, 2020)

Through our gaming, hotels and restaurants, and convenience store, Sisseton-Wahpeton has created hundreds of jobs in North Dakota and South Dakota.

'Finally': Tribal gaming in line for coronavirus relief amid stiff competition for resources

'Finally': Tribal gaming in line for coronavirus relief amid stiff competition for resources (April 24, 2020)

As Indian Country continues to fight for its share of coronavirus resources, tribes are finally seeing some good news come out of Washington, D.C.

'We keep getting left out': Tribal gaming remains locked out of $349 billion coronavirus relief program

'We keep getting left out': Tribal gaming remains locked out of $349 billion coronavirus relief program (April 14, 2020)

With some Indian Country businesses still locked out of a $349 billion coronavirus relief fund, the Trump administration is finally consulting tribes about a program that is expected to run out of money before they even have a chance to benefit from it.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe loses appeal in homelands case

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe loses appeal in homelands case (March 2, 2020)

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

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe stands alone in battle for homelands

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe stands alone in battle for homelands (January 30, 2020)

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

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

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe turns to Congress after hitting end of road at Supreme Court (January 27, 2020)

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

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe asks Supreme Court to hear sovereignty case

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe asks Supreme Court to hear sovereignty case (October 1, 2019)

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe is turning to the nation's highest court for help with its disputed casino in Texas.

Tribes in Texas take a big step forward for their inherent sovereignty

Tribes in Texas take a big step forward for their inherent sovereignty (July 24, 2019)

A bill recognizing the inherent rights of two tribes in Texas is slated for passage in the U.S. House of Representatives.

President Trump's Indian gaming pick up for confirmation hearing

President Trump's Indian gaming pick up for confirmation hearing (July 23, 2019)

Donald Trump was openly hostile to tribes when he was in the casino business. Now he gets to pick the federal official overseeing the Indian gaming industry.

House committee advances bill recognizing sovereign rights of tribes in Texas

House committee advances bill recognizing sovereign rights of tribes in Texas (June 21, 2019)

A bipartisan bill placing two tribes in Texas on the same footing as just about every other Indian nation when it comes to gaming is moving forward.

Gun Lake Tribe shares another $8.2 million in gaming revenues in Michigan

Gun Lake Tribe shares another $8.2 million in gaming revenues in Michigan (June 4, 2019)

Gaming continues to be good business for the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians and its neighbors in Michigan.

Timbisha Shoshone Tribe sues Trump administration over stalled casino

Timbisha Shoshone Tribe sues Trump administration over stalled casino (May 29, 2019)

Is a prominent Republican lawmaker from California holding back the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe?

Open Secrets: Lobbyists rely on Trump administration to block tribal projects

Open Secrets: Lobbyists rely on Trump administration to block tribal projects (May 23, 2019)

Non-Indian interests have hired lobbyists close to President Donald Trump in hopes of derailing tribes. The strategy appears to be working.

Pauma Band hits end of the line with labor sovereignty case

Pauma Band hits end of the line with labor sovereignty case (May 20, 2019)

It wasn't all good news from the U.S. Supreme Court as the Pauma Band of LuiseƱo Indians was turned away in a closely-watched labor sovereignty case.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes movement on bill to protect homelands

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes movement on bill to protect homelands (May 2, 2019)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is seeing progress on a bill to protect its reservation from being taken out of trust.

Catawba Nation faces more opposition to homelands bill thanks to Eastern Cherokees

Catawba Nation faces more opposition to homelands bill thanks to Eastern Cherokees (April 3, 2019)

Two tribes continue to battle about who has the right to engage in gaming in North Carolina.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits action on bill to keep reservation in trust

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits action on bill to keep reservation in trust (March 28, 2019)

A bill to protect the homelands of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues to generate controversy on Capitol Hill.

Democrats plan to vote against homelands bill for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Democrats plan to vote against homelands bill for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (March 25, 2019)

A bill to protect the homelands of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is facing opposition from Rhode Island's delegation in Congress.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes movement on bill to keep reservation in trust

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes movement on bill to keep reservation in trust (March 19, 2019)

The federal government hasn't taken a tribe's trust land out of trust since the termination era but it could happen in the Trump administration.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces new obstacle in bid to protect homelands

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces new obstacle in bid to protect homelands (February 18, 2019)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is facing a familiar foe as it seeks to prevent its reservation from being taken out of trust by the Trump administration.

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act rears its controversial head again

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act rears its controversial head again (January 29, 2019)

A bill to exempt tribes and their casinos from federal labor law continues to draw support Indian Country but the political landscape has changed.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe warns of losses due to stalled casino

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe warns of losses due to stalled casino (December 10, 2018)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is facing a bleak winter thanks to the Trump administration.

Trump administration supports sovereignty for tribes in Texas

Trump administration supports sovereignty for tribes in Texas (September 14, 2018)

Two tribes whose casinos are being threatened with closure are getting a big assist from Washington.

Tribes once again ask Congress to recognize sovereign rights in Texas

Tribes once again ask Congress to recognize sovereign rights in Texas (September 10, 2018)

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and the Tigua Tribe are being denied rights most others in Indian Country take for granted.

Lytton Band agrees to permanent ban on gaming as homelands bill awaits action

Lytton Band agrees to permanent ban on gaming as homelands bill awaits action (August 8, 2018)

The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians has agreed to a permanent ban on gaming on any land acquired in Sonoma County in California.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe still working on casino after court victory

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe still working on casino after court victory (July 20, 2018)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe hasn't opened a casino this summer as planned but gaming is still on the agenda.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gains local support for homelands legislation

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

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

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.

Senate places controversial Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act on schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Tule River Tribe headed to D.C. to lobby for off-reservation casino

Tule River Tribe headed to D.C. to lobby for off-reservation casino (March 22, 2018)

The Tule River Tribe is bringing its off-reservation casino proposal to a top Republican lawmaker in Washington, D.C.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hails bill to reaffirm status of homelands

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

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.

Bill affirms Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and Tigua Tribe gaming rights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act reportedly moves closer to passage in Senate

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

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.

Republican lawmaker renews push for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act

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

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.