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Supreme Court declines to hear yet another Indian Country caseFiled Under: Connecticut | Litigation
Supreme Court declines to hear yet another Indian Country case (April 17, 2017)
In a positive move for tribal interests, the nation's highest court refused to reopen a lawsuit that targeted the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

Cronkite News: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act is back on the agendaFiled Under: 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.

Republican lawmaker renews push for Tribal Labor Sovereignty ActFiled Under: 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.

Supreme Court schedules oral argument in tribal immunity caseFiled Under: Connecticut | Litigation
Supreme Court schedules oral argument in tribal immunity case (December 6, 2016)
The justices will hear the dispute in Lewis v. Clarke on January 9, 2017.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino faces unknowns with Donald Trump in officeFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino faces unknowns with Donald Trump in office (November 10, 2016)
What will Indian gaming look like with Republican Donald Trump in the White House?

APTN links Donald Trump's 1993 smear to rebuff by California tribeFiled Under: Business Deals | California | Connecticut | Public Relations | Regulation
APTN links Donald Trump's 1993 smear to rebuff by California tribe (October 12, 2016)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's racial attacks on Indian Country go back decades.

National Indian Gaming Association honors the late Catawba Nation Chief Gilbert BlueFiled Under: Public Relations
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.

Indian Country presses Supreme Court to hear labor law disputeFiled Under: 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.

Indian Country pushes for action on Tribal Labor Sovereignty ActFiled Under: 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 ActFiled Under: 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.

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act heads toward passage in HouseFiled Under: 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.

NIGC officially gets new member in Sequoyah SimermeyerFiled Under: NIGC
NIGC officially gets new member in Sequoyah Simermeyer (November 5, 2015)
E. Sequoyah Simermeyer is the new associate commissioner of the agency that regulates the $28.5 billion tribal casino industry.

Key Democrat defends support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty ActFiled Under: Legislation | Litigation | Meetings
Key Democrat defends support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (October 20, 2015)
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota) blasted a labor union for running ads that she called 'racist' and 'blatantly anti-Indian."

National Indian Gaming Commission finally sees another memberFiled Under: Federal Register | NIGC
National Indian Gaming Commission finally sees another member (September 30, 2015)
Sequoyah Simermeyer, a Senate staffer who used to work at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is due to join the agency that oversees the $28.5 billion tribal casino industry.

NCAI pushes for court rehearing in tribal labor sovereignty caseFiled Under: Litigation | Regulation
NCAI pushes for court rehearing in tribal labor sovereignty case (September 1, 2015)
A disagreement among judges on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals could lead to another look at the application of federal labor law at casinos.

Court reluctantly backs NLRB in Saginaw Chippewa Tribe disputeFiled Under: Legislation | Litigation | Regulation
Court reluctantly backs NLRB in Saginaw Chippewa Tribe dispute (July 1, 2015)
The three judges went to great lengths to explain why they were unable to side with the tribe in an unfair labor practices complaint.

Rep. McCollum vows support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty ActFiled Under: Legislation | Meetings
Rep. McCollum vows support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (June 29, 2015)
The co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus is the first prominent Democrat to announce her backing for the bill.

Appropriations bill blocks federal labor law at tribal businessesFiled Under: Legislation
Appropriations bill blocks federal labor law at tribal businesses (June 22, 2015)
Efforts to shield tribal casinos from the National Labor Relations Act are stirring passions on Capitol Hill.

9th Circuit sides with Big Lagoon Rancheria in gaming site disputeFiled Under: California | Compacts | Land Acquisitions | Litigation
9th Circuit sides with Big Lagoon Rancheria in gaming site dispute (June 4, 2015)
By a unanimous vote, an en banc panel of the court rejected all of the challenges raised by the state of California.

Indiana lawmakers not so welcoming to Pokagon Band casino bidFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Compacts | Legislation
Indiana lawmakers not so welcoming to Pokagon Band casino bid (April 17, 2015)
Two national organizations are coming to the defense of the tribe in response to questionable comments from state lawmakers whose county includes a non-Indian riverboat.

Big Lagoon Rancheria asks 9th Circuit to rehear casino disputeFiled Under: California | Litigation
Big Lagoon Rancheria asks 9th Circuit to rehear casino dispute (March 11, 2014)
The Big Lagoon Rancheria of California is asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear a gaming case that could impact tribes across the nation.

Dave Palermo: NIGC  crucial in upcoming Supreme Court caseFiled Under: Litigation | NIGC
Dave Palermo: NIGC crucial in upcoming Supreme Court case (September 16, 2013)
Dave Palermo reports on the role of the National Indian Gaming Commission in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community, an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case.

NIGC urged to take action amid pending Supreme Court caseFiled Under: Litigation | NIGC
NIGC urged to take action amid pending Supreme Court case (September 12, 2013)
The National Congress of American Indians is urging the National Indian Gaming Commission to take action to prevent a negative ruling in an upcoming Supreme Court case.

Jefferson Keel/John Echohawk: Supreme Court takes  up  gamingFiled Under: Litigation | Opinion
Jefferson Keel/John Echohawk: Supreme Court takes up gaming (September 5, 2013)
Jefferson Keel, the president of the National Congress of American Indians, and John EchoHawk, the executive director of the Native American Rights Fund, discuss U.S. Supreme Court case.

SCIA hosts listening session on Internet gaming at NCAI meetFiled Under: Legislation
SCIA hosts listening session on Internet gaming at NCAI meet (October 24, 2012)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is hosting a listening session this evening on Internet gaming. The committee in July released a draft of the Tribal Online Gaming Act. The bill would create a new agency to oversee tribal online gaming....

Tribes told to prepare for   Internet gaming at NCAI conventionFiled Under: Legislation | Meetings
Tribes told to prepare for Internet gaming at NCAI convention (October 24, 2012)
Internet gaming was a hot topic at the National Congress of American Indian 69th annual conference in Sacramento, California. A panel discussion on Tuesday addressed the controversial issue. Although no bills have passed at the federal level, tribes were told...

Tribes seeking casinos face questions about land-into-trustFiled Under: California | Casino Stalker | Compacts | Litigation
Tribes seeking casinos face questions about land-into-trust (March 7, 2012)
The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar is placing clouds over Indian gaming, tribal leaders were told on Tuesday. Only tribes that were "under federal jurisdiction" in 1934 can follow the land-into-trust process, the high court ruled in...

Echo Hawk pulls controversial off-reservation gaming memoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Meetings | Regulation
Echo Hawk pulls controversial off-reservation gaming memo (June 14, 2011)
Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk has rescinded a controversial Bush administration memo that effectively killed off-reservation gaming.

NCAI joins Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino fightFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Legislation
NCAI joins Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino fight (March 9, 2010)
The National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution last week that opposes HB2297, a bill that seeks to prevent the Tohono O'odham Nation from developing an off-reservation casino in Arizona. NCAI said the bill discriminates against tribes and interferes...

NIGC hosts consultation sessions in San DiegoFiled Under: NIGC
NIGC hosts consultation sessions in San Diego (April 22, 2008)
The National Indian Gaming Commission is meeting with tribes this week at the National Indian Gaming Association’s annual trade show and convention in San Diego, California. The government-to-government consultation sessions will focus on a wide range of gaming issues. "The...

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