Off-reservation casino bills inspire big fight (February 15, 2008)

Disgraced Republican lobbyists Jack Abramoff is in prison but his name is being thrown around a lot as the House considers legislation to authorize two off-reservation casinos. Abramoff lobbied against casinos sought by tribes in Louisiana and Michigan. One of...

Bill allows California tribes 2,000 slot machines (February 15, 2008)

California State Sen. Jim Battin, a Republican, has introduced legislation to allow tribes who signed compacts in 1999 to operate up to 2,000 slot machines. The 1999 compacts with former governor Gray Davis (D) promised each tribe 2,000 machines, Battin...

Laguna casino to sponsor university teams (February 15, 2008)

Athletic teams at the University of New Mexico have a new sponsor: the casino owned by Laguna Pueblo. The tribe's development corporation signed a $2.5 million, five-year deal with UNM's athletics department. The tribe will pay $500,000 a year to...

Lac du Flambeau Band to mortage land for debts (February 15, 2008)

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is will mortgage fee lands to pay off $50 million in gaming debts after members of the Wisconsin tribe approved a referendum on Thursday. The tribe will use the land to...

Ponca Tribe hires firm to develop casino (February 15, 2008)

The Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma has hired Sunway-Postoak Advisory Inc., an Indian-owned firm, to develop, design and build a casino. Sunway-Postoak Advisory is owned by Wayne Postoak, a member of the Choctaw Nation. Postoak is a former coach and...