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Lawmakers easily approve tribal land bill as Supreme Court weighs major case
Legislation | Litigation
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.

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.

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act reportedly moves closer to passage in Senate
Legislation
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?

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.

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.

Wilton Rancheria casino land in limbo amid change in administration
California | Casino Stalker
Wilton Rancheria casino land in limbo amid change in administration (February 2, 2017)
The California tribe has been without a land base ever since it was illegally terminated in the 1950s.

Trump team gets more time for brief in Supreme Court tribal casino case
Business Deals | Land Acquisitions | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Trump team gets more time for brief in Supreme Court tribal casino case (January 31, 2017)
The new president once tried to partner with the Cowlitz Tribe for a casino that's now before the nation's highest court.

Supreme Court schedules oral argument in tribal immunity case
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.

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act still in limbo in heated election year
Legislation
Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act still in limbo in heated election year (October 18, 2016)
Tribes have been seeking to exempt their gaming facilities from the National Labor Relations Act for more than a decade.

Viejas Band loses decision in dispute with labor union at casino
California
Viejas Band loses decision in dispute with labor union at casino (October 12, 2016)
The loss is the latest in a string of decisions that tribes say threatens their sovereignty.

Tribes in California welcome labor unions at gaming facilities
California | Compacts | Legislation
Tribes in California welcome labor unions at gaming facilities (September 26, 2016)
Three tribes that operate some of the largest casinos in the state have adopted the Tribal Labor Relations Ordinance.

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in limbo as Congress returns to work
Legislation
Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in limbo as Congress returns to work (September 8, 2016)
Tribes have seen seeking to exempt their gaming facilities from the National Labor Relations Act for more than a decade.

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.

Supreme Court deals setback to tribes in labor sovereignty dispute
California | Legislation | Litigation
Supreme Court deals setback to tribes in labor sovereignty dispute (June 27, 2016)
Indian Country rallied after two Michigan tribes lost their labor law cases but the nation's highest court won't be taking up the matter.

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.

California tribes worried about Senate candidate's gaming record
California | Litigation
California tribes worried about Senate candidate's gaming record (June 22, 2016)
Kamala Harris tried to stop the Big Lagoon Rancheria from opening a casino on land that was placed in trust more than two decades ago.

Amendment drafted for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in defense bill
Legislation
Amendment drafted for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in defense bill (June 13, 2016)
Several Republicans in the Senate are supporting an amendment to include the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in a must-pass defense measure.

Ben Nighthorse Campbell: Pass the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation | Opinion
Ben Nighthorse Campbell: Pass the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (June 13, 2016)
Tribal sovereignty isn’t just a slogan, and it isn’t just limited to programs and services.

Indian Country presses Supreme Court to hear labor law dispute
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 Act
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.

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.

National Indian Gaming Commission finally gets its third member
Federal Register | NIGC
National Indian Gaming Commission finally gets its third member (March 15, 2016)
The agency that regulates the $28.5 billion tribal casino industry is operating with a full slate for the first time in more than three years.

Tribes still shoring up support for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
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.

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.

Robert Odawi Porter: Labor unions try to confiscate tribal wealth
Legislation | Opinion
Robert Odawi Porter: Labor unions try to confiscate tribal wealth (December 7, 2015)
The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, which exempts tribal governments from application of the National Labor Relations Act, is a rare opportunity to both support tribal sovereignty and strengthen tribal economies.

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.

Sault Tribe pushes for passage of Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation
Sault Tribe pushes for passage of Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (November 24, 2015)
Chairman Aaron Payment called on President Barack Obama and Michigan's two Democratic Senators to support parity for tribal governments.

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.

Tohono O'odham Nation secures major victory in casino fight
Legislation | Openings & Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation secures major victory in casino fight (November 17, 2015)
A bill to prevent the tribe from using its trust land for a casino suffered a humiliating defeat on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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 sets December 20 opening for casino
Legislation | Litigation | Openings & Closings
Tohono O'odham Nation sets December 20 opening for casino (October 30, 2015)
After nearly six years of contentious litigation and high-stakes lobbying, the West Valley Resort in Glendale, Arizona, is almost here.

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.

House committee markup for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
Legislation
House committee markup for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (July 20, 2015)
The bill exempts tribes and their casinos from the National Labor Relations Act.

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.

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