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Tule River Tribe pursues off-reservation casino amid big change in Washington
California | Casino Stalker | Compacts
Tule River Tribe pursues off-reservation casino amid big change in Washington (October 5, 2017)
The Tule River Tribe is pursuing an off-reservation casino as the Trump administration seeks to change the rules of the game.

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.

Meskwaki Tribe conducted undercover sex trafficking operation at Iowa casino
Regulation
Meskwaki Tribe conducted undercover sex trafficking operation at Iowa casino (September 27, 2017)
An undercover sex trafficking operation at the casino owned by the Meskwaki Tribe resulted in charges against two people.

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.

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.

Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bills in conflict on gaming rights
Legislation
Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bills in conflict on gaming rights (September 6, 2016)
The Senate version ensures the North Carolina tribe can open casinos on trust lands while the House version bars gaming.

Sen. Feinstein pushing for anti-gaming language in Carcieri fix
Connecticut | Legislation
Sen. Feinstein pushing for anti-gaming language in Carcieri fix (July 14, 2016)
The California lawmaker is trying to meddle with the Carcieri fix found in S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act.

Senate provision targeted tribes with commercial gaming plans
Compacts | Connecticut | Legislation
Senate provision targeted tribes with commercial gaming plans (June 27, 2016)
The amendment would have punished certain tribes that enter the commercial industry by requiring the Bureau of Indian Affairs to reject their gaming compacts.

Non-Indian gaming firm asks Congress to block new tribal casino
Connecticut | Legislation
Non-Indian gaming firm asks Congress to block new tribal casino (June 22, 2016)
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) said he fought efforts to add anti-casino language to a defense bill.

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.

Union slams Democrat for vote on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation
Union slams Democrat for vote on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (December 2, 2015)
Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon was one of 24 Democrats who voted in favor of a bill that treats tribes the same as other governments under the National Labor Relations Act.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe weighs Supreme Court appeal in NLRB case
Legislation | Litigation
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe weighs Supreme Court appeal in NLRB case (November 20, 2015)
The tribe is asserting its treaty rights in an attempt to shield the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort from the National Labor Relations Board.

Lawmakers defy White House on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation | Litigation | Regulation
Lawmakers defy White House on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (November 18, 2015)
Republicans eagerly lined up to explain why tribes, like state and local governments, should be exempt from the National Labor Relations Act.

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act heads toward passage in House
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 Simermeyer
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.

Tohono O'odham Nation fights rival tribes for right to new casino
Legislation | Openings & Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation fights rival tribes for right to new casino (October 22, 2015)
The Gila River Indian Community has spent $1.64 million on lobbyists so far this year to prevent a new casino from opening in the Phoenix area.

National Indian Gaming Commission finally sees another member
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.

Tohono O'odham Nation eyes December opening for $200M casino
Litigation | Openings & Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation eyes December opening for $200M casino (August 25, 2015)
Despite progress on the West Valley Resort in Glendale, Arizona, the project could be stopped by an act of Congress or litigation.

Tribal gaming industry sees modest growth to $28.5B in 2014
California | NIGC | Openings & Closings | Regulation
Tribal gaming industry sees modest growth to $28.5B in 2014 (July 24, 2015)
Tribes in California and Oklahoma generated the largest gains as the industry enjoys a fifth consecutive year of growth.

Senate committee takes a look at regulation of tribal gaming
Legislation | Regulation
Senate committee takes a look at regulation of tribal gaming (July 23, 2015)
A large crowd greeted the Senate Indian Affairs Committee for its first look into the $28 billion tribal gaming industry.

Lawmakers advance Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in House
Legislation | Litigation | Regulation
Lawmakers advance Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in House (July 23, 2015)
A bill to exempt tribes and their gaming facilities from federal labor law took another step forward on Wednesday.

NIGC down to one member as leader faces Senate hearing
NIGC | Regulation
NIGC down to one member as leader faces Senate hearing (July 22, 2015)
Chairman Jonodev Chaudhuri is the only member serving at the agency that regulates the $28 billion tribal casino industry.

Lawmakers show support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation | Meetings | NIGC | Regulation
Lawmakers show support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (July 22, 2015)
Members of both parties endorse labor measure at National Indian Gaming Association legislative summit in Washington, D.C.

Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing
Legislation | NIGC | Regulation
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing (July 21, 2015)
Jonodev Chaudhuri is making his first Capitol Hill appearance since becoming chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission.

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.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee to look at tribal gaming industry
NIGC | Regulation
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to look at tribal gaming industry (July 13, 2015)
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), the chairman of the panel, hasn't focused much on the $27 billion industry but that will be changing next week.

Court reluctantly backs NLRB in Saginaw Chippewa Tribe dispute
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 Act
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.

Judge supports Gun Lake Tribe in battle over land-into-trust law
Legislation | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Judge supports Gun Lake Tribe in battle over land-into-trust law (June 18, 2015)
The Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act of 2014 protects the tribe's gaming facility from litigation.

Debate on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act moves to House panel
Legislation | Regulation
Debate on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act moves to House panel (June 17, 2015)
Tribal leaders call on Congress to resolve uncertainty created by the National Labor Relations Board.

House committee to hold hearing on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation
House committee to hold hearing on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (June 15, 2015)
The bill to prevent the National Labor Relations Board from exercising jurisdiction in Indian Country is gaining steam on Capitol Hill.

Law Article: Uncertainty abounds with federal labor law at casinos
Legislation | Litigation
Law Article: Uncertainty abounds with federal labor law at casinos (June 15, 2015)
What is becoming clear is that nothing is settled, and this issue is likely headed for the Supreme Court or a possible legislative 'fix.'

Sen. McCain claims authority on Tohono O'odham Nation casino bid
Legislation | Openings & Closings
Sen. McCain claims authority on Tohono O'odham Nation casino bid (June 15, 2015)
The lawmaker sponsored two key laws that have given rise to a controversial casino in the Phoenix, Arizona, area.

Navajo Nation Council supports bill to block rival casino in Arizona
Legislation | Openings & Closings
Navajo Nation Council supports bill to block rival casino in Arizona (June 12, 2015)
Tribal lawmakers believe the West Valley Resort under construction near Phoenix poses a risk to the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino outside of Flagstaff.

Union won't appeal decision in Chickasaw Nation casino dispute
Legislation | Litigation | Regulation
Union won't appeal decision in Chickasaw Nation casino dispute (June 12, 2015)
The National Labor Relations Board declined to assert jurisdiction over the WinStar World Casino and Resort due to the tribe's treaty rights.

Senate committee passes bill to shield tribal casinos from NLRB
Legislation | Litigation
Senate committee passes bill to shield tribal casinos from NLRB (June 11, 2015)
Union members gathered on Capitol Hill in protest of the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act.

Appeals court sides with NLRB in Little River Band casino case
Legislation | Litigation
Appeals court sides with NLRB in Little River Band casino case (June 10, 2015)
The decision comes as the Senate Indian Affairs Committee takes up a bill to shield tribal casinos from federal labor law.

Senate committee takes up bill to shield tribal casinos from NLRB
Legislation | Litigation
Senate committee takes up bill to shield tribal casinos from NLRB (June 9, 2015)
S.248, the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, will be considered by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Chickasaw Nation wins major ruling affecting labor law at casino
Legislation | Regulation
Chickasaw Nation wins major ruling affecting labor law at casino (June 5, 2015)
The National Labor Relations Board cited the tribe's treaties in declining to assert jurisdiction over the WinStar World Casino and Resort.

GAO releases report into regulation of $28B tribal casino industry
Compacts | NIGC | Regulation
GAO releases report into regulation of $28B tribal casino industry (June 3, 2015)
The report does not contain any major bombshells or reveal any significant controversies but it provides some key information about Class III gaming compacts.

Sen. McCain denies being influenced by tribal casino lobbyists
Legislation | Openings & Closings
Sen. McCain denies being influenced by tribal casino lobbyists (May 15, 2015)
Rival tribes are spending millions of dollars in hopes of stopping the Tohono O'odham Nation from opening a new casino in the Phoenix area.

Opinion: Sen. McCain changes tune on tribal casino in Arizona
Legislation | Opinion
Opinion: Sen. McCain changes tune on tribal casino in Arizona (May 13, 2015)
From 2004 to 2006, Washington was transfixed by the revelations that several Indian tribes had paid exorbitant fees to then-uber lobbyist Jack Abramoff to stop other tribes from opening casinos.

Opinion: Tribal war rages in Washington with anti-casino efforts
Legislation | Opinion
Opinion: Tribal war rages in Washington with anti-casino efforts (May 5, 2015)
The Indian Wars still rage in Washington, fueled by the largest lobbying contracts the city has to offer.

Rivals outspend Tohono O'odham Nation in urban casino battle
Legislation | Openings & Closings
Rivals outspend Tohono O'odham Nation in urban casino battle (May 4, 2015)
The Gila River Indian Indian Community and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community are spending millions of dollars on lobbyists in Washington, D.C.

NLRB won't take stance on tribal labor bill that affects casinos
Legislation | Litigation
NLRB won't take stance on tribal labor bill that affects casinos (April 30, 2015)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee took up the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act as a federal appeals court was hearing a closely-watched case involving a Michigan tribe.

Tohono O'odham Nation slams action on bill that blocks casino
Legislation | Openings & Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation slams action on bill that blocks casino (April 30, 2015)
The Keep the Promise Act prevents the tribe from using land that's already been placed in trust for a casino.

Senate panel passes bill to block Tohono O'odham Nation casino
Legislation | Openings & Closings
Senate panel passes bill to block Tohono O'odham Nation casino (April 29, 2015)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana), the vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, spoke out against the measure at a business meeting.

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