Ernie Stevens and Kevin Leecy: Paying tribute to Daniel Inouye (December 19, 2012)

We mourn the loss of our friend, leader and elder statesman, Senator Daniel K. Inouye. Dan Inouye was one of the giants of our time.

Eastern Cherokee gaming per capita payment was about $7K (December 19, 2012)

Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians received slightly more than $7,000 from the tribe's gaming operation, The Smoky Mountain News reports. The tribe makes per capita payments twice a year. The June payment was $3,785, The Cherokee One...

Ramona Band negotiating a Class III compact for first casino (December 19, 2012)

The Ramona Band of Cahuilla Indians is negotiating a Class III gaming compact with California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), Banning Beaumont Patch reports. The tribe is based on a 560-acre reservation in Riverside County. The tribe does not currently operate...

County questions cost of emergency service at tribal casinos (December 19, 2012)

Commissioners in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, are questioning the cost of providing fire and rescue services to tribal casinos, The Albuquerque Journal reports. The county spends $182,000 a year handling about 250 calls a year at the casino owned by...

Five charged for unauthorized gaming facility on Mohawk land (December 19, 2012)

Federal authorities laid charged against five men who are accused of operating an unauthorized gaming facility on Mohawk land in New York. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe ordered the Three Feathers Casino to close in January. But the operators kept...

Comanche Nation is moving forward with $12M hotel at casino (December 19, 2012)

The Comanche Nation of Oklahoma will move forward with a $12 million hotel next to the tribe's casino. Tribal members voted 1,043 to 432 in favor of the project, The Lawton Constitution reported. Plans call for a 90-room hotel, a...

Chickasaw Nation opens doors to gaming facility in Oklahoma (December 19, 2012)

The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma opened the doors to its 18th gaming facility. The 33,800-square-foot SaltCreek Casino features more than 550 electronic games, six table games, a restaurant, a bar and a retail store. The facility employs nearly 200...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe given 'last shot' to pursue casino (December 19, 2012)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted to give the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe more time to make progress on its casino. The commission was prepare to accept initial applications from commercial casino developers. But the panel decided to wait another 90 days,...