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Catawba Nation remains in limbo years after submitting casino application
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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
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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
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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.

Sault Tribe claims win on long-delayed off-reservation casino bid
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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
Litigation | NIGC | Openings & Closings
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
Litigation | Openings & Closings
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
Land Acquisitions | Litigation | Openings & Closings
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
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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
Litigation
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
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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
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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
Litigation | NIGC | New York
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
Litigation | Openings & Closings
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
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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
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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
New York | Openings & Closings
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
NIGC | Openings & Closings
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
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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
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.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to finish community center as casino bid falters
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Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to finish community center as casino bid falters (January 29, 2016)
The tribe still hopes to open a casino on its reservation on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Chairman Tobias Vanderhoop said.

Catawba Nation still waiting for action on casino in North Carolina
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Catawba Nation still waiting for action on casino in North Carolina (January 27, 2016)
The tribe submitted a land-into-trust application in September 2013 but there's been little activity on the federal level.

Sault Tribe awaits movement on off-reservation gaming projects
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Sault Tribe awaits movement on off-reservation gaming projects (January 26, 2016)
The tribe filed land-into-trust applications for two sites in Michigan in June 2014 but there's been little concrete progress at the federal level.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe permanently barred from casino work
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Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe permanently barred from casino work (January 6, 2016)
A federal judge ruled that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 does not apply to the reservation but the tribe is appealing.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe sees major blow in casino case
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Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe sees major blow in casino case (November 16, 2015)
A federal judge determines that the tribe lacks 'governmental power' over its own reservation on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.

BIA said to be planning hearing on Catawba Nation casino bid
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BIA said to be planning hearing on Catawba Nation casino bid (November 11, 2015)
The tribe submitted its land-into-trust application in September 2013 but there hasn't been much overt activity on the federal level since.

Tribes in Texas win NIGC approval of Class II gaming ordinances
NIGC | Openings & Closings
Tribes in Texas win NIGC approval of Class II gaming ordinances (October 28, 2015)
More than 10 years after being forced to shut down its successful casino, the tribe plans to get back into the gaming business.

Tohono O'odham Nation faces counterclaims in gaming litigation
Compacts | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation faces counterclaims in gaming litigation (October 12, 2015)
The state of Arizona is once again arguing that the tribe promised it wouldn't pursue a casino in the Phoenix area.

Sault Tribe faces hurdles with off-reservation gaming projects
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Sault Tribe faces hurdles with off-reservation gaming projects (September 18, 2015)
More lawsuits are expected if the Bureau of Indian Affairs ever approves the tribe's land-into-trust applications.

Sault Tribe wins dismissal of off-reservation gaming litigation
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Sault Tribe wins dismissal of off-reservation gaming litigation (September 17, 2015)
The tribe wants to build a $245 million casino in Lansing, Michigan, on property that was acquired in connection with a land claim settlement.

Seneca Nation wins decision in off-reservation gaming lawsuit
Land Acquisitions | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Seneca Nation wins decision in off-reservation gaming lawsuit (September 16, 2015)
The tribe is pursuing a $40 million expansion of the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in downtown Buffalo, New York.

Seneca Nation grows land holdings at off-reservation casino
Land Acquisitions | New York
Seneca Nation grows land holdings at off-reservation casino (September 14, 2015)
The tribe acquired several properties worth more than $3.2 million around the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.

Seneca Nation plans $40M expansion of off-reservation casino
New York | Openings & Closings
Seneca Nation plans $40M expansion of off-reservation casino (August 31, 2015)
The Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino will see a 28,500 square-foot, two-story addition that's due to open in early 2017.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe deadlocks on gaming referendum
Litigation | Openings & Closings
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe deadlocks on gaming referendum (August 17, 2015)
The vote fell short of the two-thirds majority that was required to put a halt to a controversial Class II facility on the reservation.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe argues for gaming rights in court
Litigation | Openings & Closings
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe argues for gaming rights in court (August 13, 2015)
A judge considers whether the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act supersedes a land claim settlement act that subjects the reservation to state and local laws.

Mayor believes BIA decision coming soon on Sault Tribe casino
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Mayor believes BIA decision coming soon on Sault Tribe casino (August 12, 2015)
The land-into-trust application for a site Lansing, Michigan, has been pending for 11 months.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to vote on Class II casino project
Litigation | Openings & Closings
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to vote on Class II casino project (August 12, 2015)
The referendum could put an end to a project that has generated controversy and spawned litigation.

Obama on holiday amid Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe casino flap
Litigation | Openings & Closings
Obama on holiday amid Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe casino flap (August 11, 2015)
Tribal leaders will be in federal court hundreds of miles away from their home on Martha's Vineyard, where the president and his family are taking some time off.

Sault Tribe remains confident in off-reservation gaming dispute
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Sault Tribe remains confident in off-reservation gaming dispute (August 4, 2015)
The tribe wants to build the $245 million Kewadin Lansing Casino in Lansing, a project supported by the mayor.

Catawba Nation still waiting for answer on casino land-into-trust
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Catawba Nation still waiting for answer on casino land-into-trust (July 31, 2015)
A federal law mandates the acquisition of land in North and South Carolina but the Bureau of Indian Affairs does not move quickly.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe sees big future with Class II casino
Litigation | Openings & Closings
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe sees big future with Class II casino (July 31, 2015)
Revenues from the contested facility are forecast at $4.5 million in the first year, $4.7 million in the second and $4.9 million in the third.

Judge orders Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to stop work on casino
Litigation | Openings & Closings
Judge orders Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to stop work on casino (July 29, 2015)
Tribal leaders believe they will ultimately prevail despite a temporary setback in federal court.

Tohono O'odham Nation wins round in casino battle with Arizona
Litigation | Openings & Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation wins round in casino battle with Arizona (July 28, 2015)
A federal judge has rejected most of the state's requests to obtain more information about the controversial casino in a suburb of Phoenix.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wins approval for liquor ordinance
Federal Register | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wins approval for liquor ordinance (July 27, 2015)
The tribe is due back in federal court to defend the legality of a controversial Class II facility on the island of Martha's Vineyard.

Members of Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe debate casino bid
Litigation | Openings & Closings
Members of Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe debate casino bid (July 21, 2015)
Former chairwoman Beverly Wright is urging tribal members to vote in a referendum and stop the Class II facility for at least year.

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe lobbies Congress for gaming rights
Legislation | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe lobbies Congress for gaming rights (July 16, 2015)
The tribe is willing to drop its land claim -- and $270 million in damages -- in order to reopen a casino that was closed more than a decade ago.

Judge sets hearing in Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe casino case
Litigation | Openings & Closings
Judge sets hearing in Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe casino case (July 15, 2015)
The town of Aquinnah wants a restraining order or an injunction to halt the construction of a 6,500 square-foot Class II gaming facility.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe faces court action over casino bid
Litigation | Openings & Closings
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe faces court action over casino bid (July 14, 2015)
The town of Aquinnah wants a federal judge to enforce a cease and desist order and stop construction on the Class II facility.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe might stop work on Class II project
Litigation | Openings & Closings
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe might stop work on Class II project (July 13, 2015)
A referendum on August 16 will determine whether the tribe moves forward with a controversial casino on the reservation.

Editorial: Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe's wrong approach on casino
Openings & Closings | Opinion
Editorial: Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe's wrong approach on casino (July 9, 2015)
It is hard to know if the tribe intends to press ahead with plans to place rows and rows of blinking electronic bingo devices in its living room and invite gamblers in, or if this is some type of bluff designed to advance mainland aspirations.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe ignores order to stop working on casino
Litigation | Openings & Closings
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe ignores order to stop working on casino (July 7, 2015)
The tribe offered to meet with the town of Aquinnah to work on a government-to-government agreement affecting the Class II gaming facility.

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