County in court over Mechoopda Tribe casino (February 26, 2009)

A federal judge heard arguments in a California county's lawsuit that seeks to stop the Mechoopda Tribe from opening a casino. Butte County sued the National Indian Gaming Commission over an Indian lands opinion that stated the tribe was "restored"...

Gun Lake casino foes review land-into-trust options (February 26, 2009)

Opponents of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, are reviewing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar for potential ways to reopen their failed lawsuits. Anti-gaming groups say the tribe...

Opinion: Minnesota tribes can't shoulder state budget (February 26, 2009)

"The state of Minnesota has a revenue problem, and Rep. Steve Drazkowski apparently believes the state’s 55,000 Indian citizens should solve it. According to his recent column Rep. Drazkowski thinks Minnesota Indian tribes should renegotiate their gaming compacts because the...

Menominee Nation hopes for shift on land-into-trust (February 26, 2009)

The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin predicts President Barack Obama will rescind the controversial "guidance memorandum" that restricts off-reservation gaming. The Bush administration issued the memo in January 2008 and used it to reject Menominee's proposed casino last month. But the...

Cowlitz Tribe weighs impact of land-into-trust decision (February 26, 2009)

The newly recognized Cowlitz Tribe of Washington is "confident" its casino will win federal approval despite the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar. The tribe wasn't recognized in 1934, the date of the passage of the Indian Reorganization...

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