City votes against Soboba Band land-into-trust (September 18, 2009)

The city council in San Jacinto, California, voted unanimously to oppose a land-into-trust application for the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians. The tribe wants 535 acres placed in trust. The existing Soboba Casino will be moved to the new site....

Oregon group targets smoking at tribal casinos (September 18, 2009)

The American Lung Association of Oregon is asking Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D) to renegotiate the tribal-state compact to ban smoking at Indian gaming facilities. The state's indoor smoking ban went into effect on June 1. The group says tribal casinos...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe opposes casino union (September 18, 2009)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan continues to oppose the application of federal labor law on the reservation. Two prior union efforts at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort have failed. A third effort is emerging and the tribe is...

Senate letter questions gaming land transfers (September 18, 2009)

A letter from Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) and Sen. John Ensign (R-Nevada) says taking land into trust for gaming purposes "violates the spirit" of the Indian Gaming Regulatory...

Opinion: Indian gaming policy shuts out critics (September 18, 2009)

"The proposed Graton Rancheria casino in Rohnert Park is a good example of how tribes are allowed to bypass regulations everyone else must abide by. The site is zoned rural residential and agricultural under the Sonoma County general plan. One...

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