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Catawba Nation celebrates after Trump administration changes mind on casino project

Catawba Nation celebrates after Trump administration changes mind on casino project (March 16, 2020)

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.

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe wins major victory in homelands litigation

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe wins major victory in homelands litigation (March 6, 2020)

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

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

Bay Mills Indian Community wins ruling in long-running gaming case (December 16, 2019)

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.

Tohono O'odham Nation prepares for opening of permanent casino

Tohono O'odham Nation prepares for opening of permanent casino (November 27, 2019)

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

Colville Tribes weigh possible casino on ancestral territory

Colville Tribes weigh possible casino on ancestral territory (June 24, 2019)

The Colville Tribes are looking to work with local governments as they pursue economic development options in Washington state.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe told to seek local permits to build casino

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe told to seek local permits to build casino (June 20, 2019)

Despite winning a landmark sovereignty case, the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is being forced to seek local approval to construct a building that will house a Class II gaming facility.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe pushes back opening date of long-awaited casino

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe pushes back opening date of long-awaited casino (May 29, 2019)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is heading back to court to defend its sovereignty.

Catawba Nation continues to see opposition to casino on homelands

Catawba Nation continues to see opposition to casino on homelands (May 21, 2019)

From religious groups to a rival tribe, the Catawba Nation is facing hurdles as it pursues a casino in North Carolina.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe back in court to defend gaming rights

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe back in court to defend gaming rights (May 6, 2019)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is being forced to defend its sovereignty again.

Catawba Nation asks Congress to fulfill promise in land claim settlement

Catawba Nation asks Congress to fulfill promise in land claim settlement (May 3, 2019)

The Catawba Nation is still seeking a brighter future, nearly three decades after settling its land claim against the United States.

Catawba Nation homelands bill slated for first hearing on Capitol Hill

Catawba Nation homelands bill slated for first hearing on Capitol Hill (April 22, 2019)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will take testimony on a bill that paves the way for a Catawba Nation casino in North Carolina.

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.

Tribes once again ask Maine for approval to join the gaming industry

Tribes once again ask Maine for approval to join the gaming industry (March 28, 2019)

Non-Indian gaming operators in Maine don't want tribes taking away their business.

Catawba Nation predicts 'huge' economic impact with casino on homelands

Catawba Nation predicts 'huge' economic impact with casino on homelands (March 20, 2019)

Chief Bill Harris says a casino would be a 'game changer' for the Catawba Nation.

'Sad': Catawba Nation fires back after Eastern Cherokees slam homelands bill

'Sad': Catawba Nation fires back after Eastern Cherokees slam homelands bill (March 18, 2019)

A war is erupting between the Catawba Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians over plans for a casino.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe starts construction on long-awaited gaming facility

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe starts construction on long-awaited gaming facility (February 25, 2019)

After years of legal and political debates, the Aquinnah Cliffs Casino is finally a reality.

Houlton Band withdraws from Maine Legislature amid inaction on gaming

Houlton Band withdraws from Maine Legislature amid inaction on gaming (November 27, 2018)

Tribal-state relations continue to erode in Maine.

Tribes might finally get some help with gaming efforts in Maine

Tribes might finally get some help with gaming efforts in Maine (September 17, 2018)

Thirty years after the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, some tribes are still being left behind.

Tohono O'odham Nation wins approval to restore more homelands

Tohono O'odham Nation wins approval to restore more homelands (September 11, 2018)

The Trump administration is facing fire for its tribal homelands decisions but not everything coming out of Washington looks bad for Indian Country.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe solidifying plans for long-awaited casino

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe solidifying plans for long-awaited casino (September 10, 2018)

With the Chickasaw Nation as a partner, the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is looking at a $12 million investment in its first casino.

Bay Mills Indian Community awaits decision on disputed casino

Bay Mills Indian Community awaits decision on disputed casino (August 22, 2018)

More than four years after securing victory at the nation's highest court, the Bay Mills Indian Community is waiting for a crucial decision.

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.

Sault Tribe faces doubts about long-stalled off-reservation casino

Sault Tribe faces doubts about long-stalled off-reservation casino (June 13, 2018)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians might be looking elsewhere for gaming opportunities thanks to the Trump administration.

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.

Lawmakers in Maine still don't want to help tribes with gaming efforts

Lawmakers in Maine still don't want to help tribes with gaming efforts (April 10, 2018)

Maine is staying in the dark ages when it comes to Indian gaming.

Maine lawmaker seeks court ruling to help tribes with casino plans

Maine lawmaker seeks court ruling to help tribes with casino plans (February 20, 2018)

Maine Rep. Henry John Bear, a citizen of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, wants to know whether tribes in the state can operate casinos just like most others.

Tohono O'odham Nation celebrates start of work on $400 million permanent casino

Tohono O'odham Nation celebrates start of work on $400 million permanent casino (December 8, 2017)

The Tohono O'odham Nation is celebrating another major gaming milestone in Arizona.

Voters in Maine easily reject bid for new commercial casino after tribes objected

Voters in Maine easily reject bid for new commercial casino after tribes objected (November 8, 2017)

The Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation came out against the proposed casino while the Aroostook Band of Micmacs endorsed it.

Sault Tribe votes to initiate litigation over Trump's denial of off-reservation casinos

Sault Tribe votes to initiate litigation over Trump's denial of off-reservation casinos (October 25, 2017)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians plans to sue the Trump administration for rejecting two off-reservation casinos in Michigan.

Aroostook Band of Micmacs backs ballot referendum for new casino in Maine

Aroostook Band of Micmacs backs ballot referendum for new casino in Maine (October 13, 2017)

The Aroostook Band of Micmacs is endorsing a proposed casino in Maine after reaching an agreement with the project developers.

Catawba Nation remains in limbo years after submitting casino application

Catawba Nation remains in limbo years after submitting casino application (September 7, 2017)

It's been four years since the Catawba Nation submitted a casino application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs but there's still no decision.

Casino opponents ask Supreme Court to hear Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe case

Casino opponents ask Supreme Court to hear Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe case (August 9, 2017)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe has been trying to open a Class II gaming facility on its reservation but continues to see opposition in Massachusetts.

Another tribe chimes in with criticism of 'reservation shopping' in Michigan

Another tribe chimes in with criticism of 'reservation shopping' in Michigan (July 31, 2017)

Not everyone in Indian Country is upset with the Trump administration's first major land-into-trust decision.

Aquinnah Wampanaog Tribe scores major win in sovereignty case

Aquinnah Wampanaog Tribe scores major win in sovereignty case (April 11, 2017)

In a unanimous decision, a federal appeals court confirmed that the tribe can use its reservation in Massachusetts for a modest casino.

Sault Tribe claims win on long-delayed off-reservation casino bid

Sault Tribe claims win on long-delayed off-reservation casino bid (January 26, 2017)

On the last full day of the Obama administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs opened the door for approval of the project.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe defends right to use land for gaming

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe defends right to use land for gaming (December 7, 2016)

A federal appeals court heard arguments in a dispute between the tribe and the state of Massachusetts.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe elects new chair amid gaming fight

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe elects new chair amid gaming fight (November 22, 2016)

A federal appeals court is hearing arguments in a dispute between the tribe and the state of Massachusetts.

Bay Mills Indian Community plans to reopen controversial casino

Bay Mills Indian Community plans to reopen controversial casino (November 21, 2016)

More than two years after winning a major decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Michigan tribe appears to reviving the project.

Sault Tribe worried about gaming plan with change in administration

Sault Tribe worried about gaming plan with change in administration (November 2, 2016)

The Michigan tribe submitted a land-into-trust application two more years ago and there's no decision in sight.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe gets court date in gaming lawsuit

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe gets court date in gaming lawsuit (October 26, 2016)

The tribe wants to open a Class II gaming facility on its reservation but the state of Massachusetts is opposed.

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe anxious for off-reservation casino decision

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe anxious for off-reservation casino decision (June 16, 2016)

The tribe has been waiting for an answer from the Bureau of Indian Affairs for two years.

National Indian Gaming Association honors the late Catawba Nation Chief Gilbert Blue

National Indian Gaming Association honors the late Catawba Nation Chief Gilbert Blue (June 15, 2016)

NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens worked closely with the late Catawba Nation leader and the pair were even arrested together on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Supreme Court won't hear long-running Seneca Nation casino case

Supreme Court won't hear long-running Seneca Nation casino case (May 31, 2016)

The tribe's gaming enterprise remains on solid legal ground now that the nation's highest court has put an end to the dispute.

Tohono O'odham Nation wins yet another decision on new casino

Tohono O'odham Nation wins yet another decision on new casino (March 29, 2016)

The ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals again confirms the legality of the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino and Resort, which opened in December 2015.

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation waits for ruling on Illinois casino

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation waits for ruling on Illinois casino (March 29, 2016)

The tribe acquired 128 acres within the historic Shab-eh-nay Reservation in Illinois but is still going through the land-into-trust process for the site.

Leader of Sault Tribe vows push for off-reservation gaming bids

Leader of Sault Tribe vows push for off-reservation gaming bids (March 22, 2016)

The Michigan tribe filed two land-into-trust applications in June 2014 but the Bureau of Indian Affairs has not made a decision,

Seneca Nation faces fire over gas station and store at casino site

Seneca Nation faces fire over gas station and store at casino site (March 15, 2016)

Some local officials and business leaders in Niagara Falls, New York, are worried about lower gasoline and tobacco prices.

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe prepares to open casino in a few weeks

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe prepares to open casino in a few weeks (February 29, 2016)

The 15,000 square-foot Naskila Entertainment facility will feature 365 Class II gaming machines and a restaurant.

Sault Tribe proposes off-reservation casino near major airport

Sault Tribe proposes off-reservation casino near major airport (February 15, 2016)

The tribe plans to convert an abandoned 70,000 square-foot church near the Detroit airport into a gaming facility.

Sen. McCain still bothered by failure to block Arizona tribe's casino

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.