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BIA releases Mashpee casino land agreement (12/18)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs released documents related to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's proposed casino in Middleboro, Massachusetts. The documents included a 24-page option agreement for 200 acres. The $1.765 million purchase was not previously...

Quapaw Tribe says new casino right on schedule (12/17)

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma says work on its $200 million casino is on schedule for an opening in July or August of 2008. Construction on the Downstream Casino Resort in October. The facility...

Menominee Nation to allow union at casino (12/11)

The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin has agreed to allow unions at its proposed off-reservation casino. The tribe wants to convert an old dog track in Kenosha into a Class III facility. The Mohegan Tribe of...

Bad River Band to join land-into-trust suit (12/11)

The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa plans to join a lawsuit over on off-reservation casino in Wisconsin. The St. Croix Band of Lake Superior Chippewa filed the suit on Friday. It accuses the...

First hearing on Massachusetts gaming plan set (12/07)

The Massachusetts Legislature is holding a hearing on December 18 to discuss Gov. Deval Patrick's proposal to legalize commercial gaming. Patrick wants three casinos across the state. Tribal bidders get preference though some big gaming...

Editorial: Let public vote on Graton casino (11/28)

"When an Indian tribe bought property just south of Petaluma hoping to establish a casino complex there, then-Petaluma City Councilman Mike Healy suggested giving residents an opportunity to vote on the proposal. Healy’s reasoning was...

Ohio city debates Eastern Shawnee casino deal (11/28)

The city council in Monroe, Ohio, is still debating whether to revise a casino agreement with the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. The council previously tabled a bill that would allow the tribe to change...

Quapaw Tribe says casino land is held in trust (11/27)

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma says the land where it plans a $200 million casino is held in trust. Chairman John Berrey reassured officials in Cherokee County, Kansas, that plans for the casino are...

Editorial: Cowlitz casino belongs elsewhere (11/26)

"The Cowlitz Tribe’s housing center is in the Lewis County town of Toledo for good reason, the same reason tribal offices are in the Cowlitz County town of Longview: Obviously, this is Cowlitz country....

City puts Eastern Shawnee casino deal on hold (11/20)

The city council in Monroe, Ohio, tabled a casino agreement with the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. The tribe has an existing agreement but it was site specific. The tribe sought a new deal to...

Michigan off-reservation gaming bills delayed (11/16)

The House Natural Resources Committee was due to consider two off-reservation gaming bills on Thursday but they were delayed due to opposition from Michigan. H.R. 2176 and H.R. 4115 settle land claims for the Bay...

City delays action on Eastern Shawnee casino site (11/14)

The city council in Monroe, Ohio, tabled consideration of a casino agreement with the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. The city and the tribe already have an intergovernmental agreement for gaming. But the tribe wanted...

County to discuss Mississippi Choctaw casino (11/13)

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors is expected to pass a resolution against the off-reservation casino sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Supervisor John McKay said the county needs to "take a stand."...

Eastern Shawnee Tribe eyes new Ohio casino site (11/13)

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma is eyeing a new location for its proposed casino in Ohio. The tribe has an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Monroe. The city's manager said a 100-acre site...

Grande Ronde Tribe runs ad against Cowlitz casino (11/12)

An Oregon tribe is running a television ad in Washington against the Cowlitz Tribe's proposed casino. The ad asks viewers to call two commissioners in Clark County and urge them not to negotiate a...

Editorial: Approve off-reservation casino bill (11/09)

"Little by little, the odds for a Port Huron casino are beginning to improve. First, there was the important support U.S. Sen. Carl Levin gave the effort earlier this year, a setback to Detroit. Motor...

Mississippi Choctaws won't drop casino plans (11/09)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians won't drop plans for an off-reservation casino despite losing a non-binding referendum on Tuesday. Miko Beasley Denson, the tribe's recently elected chief, said plans to use 100 acres...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hopes for Class III (11/09)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is moving forward with plans for a casino even though Class III gaming is not yet legal in the state. The tribe hopes that will change under legislation...

Cowlitz Tribe sees more opposition to casino (11/08)

The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington is seeing more opposition to its proposed casino. The tribe wants to acquire 152 acres in Clark County for an initial reservation. Part of the land will be used...

County rejects Mississippi Choctaw casino (11/07)

Voters in Jackson County rejected the off-reservation casino sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. With all precincts counted, The Biloxi Sun Herald said 60 percent of voters said no. Turnout was reportedly...

Passamaquoddy Tribe awaits vote on racino (11/06)

The Passmaquoddy Tribe of Maine is hoping state voters will approve plans for a racino today. The tribe wants to open a racetrack with slot machines in Washington County. Surveys show a slight majority of...

Mississippi Choctaw casino goes before voters (11/06)

Voters in Jackson County are going to the polls today to consider the off-reservation casino sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The tribe wants to build a $375 million casino resort in Ocean...

Rep. Kennedy backs Bay Mills off-reservation casino (11/05)

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island) has signed on as co-sponsor of H.R.2176, a bill that would authorize an off-reservation casino for the Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan. Kennedy said the tribe deserves the casino...

BIA tells paper to wait on land-into-trust status (11/05)

Everyone knows the Bureau of Indian Affairs has a backlog of land-into-trust applications but there's also a backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests on those land-into-trust applications. The Cape Cod Times discovered both...

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe sues over Catskills casino (11/02)

The state of New York and local officials are backing the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's lawsuit over its Catskills casino. Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) has been pressing the Bush administration to approve the tribe's land-into-trust...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe won't wait on state (11/01)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe said it will continue to pursue a casino under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The tribe submitted a land-into-trust application for 500 acres. Some of the land will be used for...

Los Coyotes Band drops gaming partner (10/31)

The Los Coyotes Band of Cahullia and Cupeno Indians has apparently dropped its gaming partner but will continue to pursue an off-reservation casino. The tribe partnered with a developer called BarWest for a casino in...

Wyandotte Nation prepares Kansas City casino (10/31)

The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma says nothing stands in the way of its out-of-state casino in Kansas. The tribe has spent an estimated $20 million to remodel the former Scottish Rite Temple in downtown...

Sen. Roberts asks BIA to review Quapaw casino (10/29)

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) is asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs to review the legality of the Quapaw Tribe's new casino. The tribe broke ground on the $200 Downstream Casino Resort earlier this month....

State to continue Wyandotte Nation casino fight (10/26)

The state of Kansas said it would continue its fight against the Wyandotte Nation's off-reservation casino despite losing in court. The state has been trying to stop the Oklahoma-based tribe from acquiring land for a...

Mississippi governor opposes Choctaw casino (10/25)

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) opposes the off-reservation casino sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians The tribe wants 100 acres in Jackson County placed in trust for gaming purposes. The site is more...

State loses challenge to Wyandotte casino (10/25)

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday dismissed the state of Kansas' challenge to the Wyandotte Nation's proposed casino. The court said it lacked jurisdiction to hear the case because the land where...

Vote nears on Mississippi Choctaw casino (10/23)

Voters in Jackson County head to the polls on November 6 for a non-binding referendum on the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians' proposed off-reservation casino. The tribe wants to build a $375 million casino in...

Gun Lake Band optimistic on land for casino (10/22)

Ed. Note: The Gun Lake casino was incorrectly referred to as the Four Winds Casino, which is owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, in an earlier version of the post. The correct name...

Cowlitz Tribe adopts new plan for $510M casino (10/19)

The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington adopted an agreement to pay taxes, follow local building and health codes and pay for municipal services for its $510 million casino in Clark County. The tribe sad the new...

Quapaw Tribe moves forward with $200M casino (10/18)

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma is moving ahead with plans for a $200 million casino that will extend into parts of Kansas and Missouri. The framework for the Downstream Casino Resort went up yesterday....

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe prefers Indian casino (10/18)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is moving forward with its plans for a casino despite a call from Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to pursue a commercial casino. The tribe wants to open a...

Prairie Band close to deal on Illinois casino (10/17)

The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation of Kansas is reportedly close to a deal for a casino in Illinois. The tribe has been negotiating with DeKalb County. The agreement would address taxation, municipal services and other...

Wyandotte Nation holds job fair for Kansas casino (10/16)

The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma is holding two job fairs this week for its out-of-state casino in Kansas. The tribe has trust land in downtown Kansas City. The legal status of the parcel is the...

Lawmakers haven't endorsed Choctaw casino (10/15)

Two lawmakers said they haven't endorsed the off-reservation casino sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians despite statements that appear on a tribal website. Sen. Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) and Rep. Chip Pickering (R-Mississippi)...

County blasts delays in BIA's casino review process (10/05)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE Senate Indian Affairs Committee on backlogs at the Department of the Interior. • Opening Statements • Panel 1: Carl Artman | Q&A • Panel 2 | Q&A [includes more of Carl Artman]...

Quechan Nation delays vote on proposed casino (10/05)

Members of the Quechan Nation will have to wait until a little bit longer to vote on a proposed casino. The tribal council initially scheduled an October 8 vote on the issue. But it has...

Choctaw casino won't fall under county zoning laws (10/05)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will have sole jurisdiction over its proposed off-reservation casino, Miko Beasley Denson said in a letter to officials in Jackson County. As part of its $375 million resort, the...

City opposes Mississippi Choctaw casino (10/04)

The board of aldermen in Ocean Springs reaffirmed its opposition to the off-reservation casino sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The tribe wants to build a $375 million casino on 100 acres in...

Republican women oppose Mississippi Choctaw casino (10/02)

The Jackson County Republican Women's Club is opposing the off-reservation casino sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The tribe wants to build a $375 million resort in Ocean Springs, more than 200 miles...

Mississippi Choctaws to share casino revenues (09/28)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will share revenue from an off-reservation casino with local governments, Miko Beasley Denson said on Thursday. Denson said the tribe will share 4 percent of gross revenue. That's...

Mississippi Choctaw chief presents casino plans (09/27)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians' proposed off-reservation casino is a "win-win" for the tribe and Jackson County, Miko Beasley Denson said on Wednesday. Denson, who was elected chief in July, said the casino...

Group forms to fight Prairie Band casino in Illinois (09/26)

A group called DeKalb County Taxpayers Against the Casino has been formed to oppose the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation's proposed casino in Illinois. The group has about 100 to 150 members. They say the tribe,...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hopeful on casino (09/24)

Acquiring land for a casino can take years but the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts believes it can beat the state to the market. The tribe filed its land-into-trust application late last month. Completing the...

County approves Wyandotte Nation casino deal (09/21)

Commissioners in Wyandotte County, Kansas, approved a revenue-sharing deal with the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma and agreed to back the tribe's efforts for Class III gaming. The agreement calls for the tribe to share up...

Wyandotte Nation reaches deal on Kansas casino site (09/20)

The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma has reached a deal over its disputed casino site in Kansas. The tribe signed a memorandum of understanding that states that local governments have no authority over the site in...

Tribes review options for off-reservation casinos (09/19)

Two tribes who want to build off-reservation casinos in Barstow, California, are reviewing their options to keep the project alive. The Big Lagoon Rancheria and the Los Coyotes Band of Mission Indians signed compacts to...

Off-reservation casino compacts expire (09/18)

Compacts for two off-reservation casinos in Barstow, California, expired on Monday. The Big Lagoon Rancheria and Los Coyotes Band of Mission Indians signed the compacts with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) two years ago this month....

Mississippi Choctaws to discuss off-reservation casino (09/18)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will discuss its plans for an off-reservation casino in Jackson County on September 27. The tribe asked the county supervisors to schedule an open forum on the project. The...

Mississippi Choctaws to discuss casino at open forum (09/14)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will discuss plans for its off-reservation casino at a public forum in Jackson County. The tribe requested the forum after news about a "secret" meeting rattled local officials. The...

Mississippi Choctaws deny 'secret' casino meeting (09/13)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians says a meeting to discuss the tribe's off-reservation casino was not "secret." Miko Beasley Denson, the tribe's newly elected chief, updated business leaders about the proposed casino in Jackson...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe envisions big resort (09/13)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts has filed plans for its casino resort with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The tribe envisions a 550-acre resort with 4,000 slot machines, 180 table games, a 10,000-seat auditorium,...

Off-reservation gaming compacts fail to pass (09/13)

California lawmakers ended their 2007 legislative session without approving compacts for two off-reservation casinos. The Big Lagoon Rancheria and Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians wanted to open side-by-side casinos in Barstow. But...

Final push for off-reservation casino in Barstow (09/06)

Two California tribes launched a media campaign on Wednesday in hopes of getting their off-reservation casinos approved. The Big Lagoon Rancheria and the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians want to open...

Mississippi Choctaw chief discusses casino plans (09/05)

The new chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians discussed the tribe's plans for an off-reservation casino. Miko Beasley Denson met with officials in Jackson County, where the casino would be located. Officials were...

D.C. Circuit to hear Gun Lake land-into-trust case (08/31)

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on October 19 on the Gun Lake Tribe's land-into-trust case. The tribe, also known as the Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, wants 147 acres placed...

Off-reservation casinos dead, according to lobbyist (08/31)

A proposal for two off-reservation casinos in Barstow, California, is dead this year, according to a lobbyist for the city. The Big Lagoon Rancheria and the Los Coyotes Band of Mission Indians want to build...

Baptist association opposes Choctaw casino (08/17)

The Jackson County Baptist Association is planning a voter registration drive as part of its opposition to an off-reservation casino sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The tribe wants to build a $375...

Towns want say on Mashpee Wampanoag casino (08/10)

Voters in Middleboro, Massachusetts, overwhelmingly approved a casino agreement with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe last month. Residents in neighboring towns now want a piece of the action. Towns within a 10-mile radius of Middleboro say...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe blasts casino study (08/07)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe criticized a University of Massachusetts study that called for the relinquishment of its Indian gaming rights. The tribe wants to build a casino in the town of Middleboro. The tribe is...

Sen. Levin backs Bay Mills casino legislation (08/02)

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Michigan) has decided to support H.R.2176, a bill that would authorize an off-reservation casino for the Bay Mills Indian Community. Levin had been neutral on the issue for several years. But...

Town set for vote on Mashpee Wampanoag casino (07/27)

Voters in the town of Middleboro, Massachusetts, head to the polls tomorrow to consider a casino deal with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The tribe won federal recognition in May. With the help of financial backers,...

Anticipation builds as town heads to casino vote (07/26)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts approved a casino agreement with the town of Middleboro on Wednesday night but the real action takes place on Saturday. In what is being called the largest meeting...

Town prepares for huge vote on Mashpee casino (07/24)

Officials in Middleboro, Massachusetts, are busy preparing what will be one of the largest meetings in town history. On Saturday, town residents will vote on a casino agreement with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. More than...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reaches casino deal (07/23)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the town of Middleboro, Massachusetts, reached a sizable casino agreement on Friday. The tribe agreed to share revenues from the proposed casino. . The base payment starts at $7...

Town prepares for vote on Mashpee casino (07/20)

A Massachusetts town has a week to complete preparations for a vote on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's proposed casino. Voters in Middleboro will go to the polls on July 28 to decide whether to accept...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe says casino deal near (07/19)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is close to a deal with the town of Middleboro, a spokesperson said. The tribe should reach an agreement by Friday, spokesperson Scott Ferson said. A town official agreed with the...

Developer still supports UKB casino in Arkansas (07/18)

The backer of an off-reservation casino sought by the United Keetoowah Band of Oklahoma still supports the project. Bennie Westphal transferred 10 acres in Fort Smith, Arkansas, to the tribe for the casino. He gave...

Costs of Mashpee Wampanoag casino vote detailed (07/17)

The town of Middleboro, Massachusetts, doesn't have enough money to pay for a vote on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's proposed casino agreement. The vote, to be held July 28, will cost more than $120,000. But...

BIA office opposes off-reservation casino (07/16)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs in Eastern Oklahoma is opposing an off-reservation casino sought by the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. The tribe wants 10 acres in Fort Smith, Arkansas, placed in trust for...

Menominee Nation names new casino project director (07/13)

The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin named Eric Olson as the full-time director for its off-reservation casino project. The tribe wants to convert a racetrack in Kenosha into a casino. The Bureau of Indian Affairs...

Boston mayor seeks Mashpee Wampanoag casino (07/13)

The mayor of Boston invited the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to consider building a casino at a racetrack in the city. Mayor Thomas M. Menino met with tribal leaders to suggest a casino at the Suffolk...

Gila River Tribe announces new casino location (07/12)

The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona plans to move its Lone Butte Casino to a new location after running into opposition from a neighboring community. The tribe originally wanted to move the casino closer...

County seeks meeting to discuss Choctaw casino (07/12)

Officials in Jackson County are seeking a public meeting with the new leader of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. After being sworn in as miko, or chief, Beasley Denson said he would not abide...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe rejects counteroffer (07/12)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has rejected a "hostile" counteroffer to host a casino in the town of Middleboro, Massachusetts. Chairman Glenn Marshall said he hopes the tribe and the town can reach an agreement. But...

New Choctaw chief won't abide by casino referendum (07/11)

The new leader of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians says he won't abide by the results of a non-binding referendum on an off-reservation casino in Jackson County. Miko Beasley Denson said it will...

Town to vote on Mashpee Wampanoag casino deal (07/09)

Voters in the town of Middleboro, Massachusetts, are set vote July 23 on a casino agreement with the Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe. The tribe owns 125 acres in the town and is negotiating to buy up...

City pushes for Mashpee Wampanoag casino (07/05)

Leaders in the city of New Bedford hope to convince the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to host a casino there. The tribe has expressed interest in New Bedford but is further along in discussions with the...

Gila River casino may be moving to another site (07/03)

Local officials say the Gila River Indian Community of Arizona probably won't relocate one of its casinos to a site that has generated opposition. The tribe announced plans to move the Lone Butte Casino to...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe open to another site (06/27)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is open to locating a casino in New Bedford, Chairman Glenn Marshall said. The tribe has purchased land in another town and has proposed a casino deal there. But final decisions...

Developer doubts Timbisha Shoshone casino (06/26)

The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe's plan to open a casino in Hesperia, California, appears to be drifting away. Back in 2004, the tribe started the process to acquire land the casino, more than 200 miles from...

City seeks shot at Mashpee Wampanoag casino (06/26)

Leaders in New Bedford, Massachusetts, are hoping to lure the Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe into building a casino in their city. The city council will meet with Chairman Glenn Marshall to discuss options for a casino....

Board dissolves Cowlitz Tribe's casino agreement (06/22)

The Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board has invalidated a memorandum of understanding between the Cowlitz Tribe and Clark County. The tribe will abide by the promises in the MOU, council member Phil Harju said....

Mashpee Wampanoag casino sparks recall effort (06/19)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's proposal for a casino in the town of Middleboro has sparked a recall against local leaders. The tribe hasn't made final decisions about the casino and still needs to clear several...

Kansas tribes face challenge from expanded gaming (06/18)

Kansas tribes face increased competition with the expansion of gaming in the state. The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, the Kickapoo Tribe, the Iowa Tribe and the Sac and Fox Nation operate casinos. They will...

Cowlitz Tribe ends discussions with city over casino (06/15)

The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington will no longer try to deal with the city of La Center, an attorney said. The tribe has been trying to work with the city to address the impacts of...

Jena Choctaws seek support for Class III gaming (06/14)

The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians in Louisiana is seeking support for a Class III gaming compact. The tribe recently received a reservation proclamation from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The decision allows the tribe...

Town delays vote on Mashpee Wampanoag casino (06/14)

Leaders in the town of Middleboro delayed a vote on a casino deal with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts. The tribe has offered $7 million a year plus an estimated $150 million in...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe looking for more land (06/13)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is looking for more land in the town of Middleboro. The tribe and its backers already purchased 125 acres in the town for $1.76 million and have options on...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe offers casino deal (06/12)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is offering to pay the town of Middleboro $7 million a year to host a casino. The $7 million would cover the property taxes on land the tribe purchased...

Big money at stake in Mashpee Wampanoag gaming (06/11)

How much money could the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe pull in a year if full-scale gaming is legalized in Massachusetts. According to University of Massachusetts professor Clyde W. Barrow, at least $1 billion. He says that's...

Ho-Chunk Nation wanted off-reservation casino deal (06/01)

The Ho-Chunk Nation wanted a stake in an off-reservation casino sought by two other Wisconsin tribes, The Beloit Daily News reports. The Ho-Chunks approached the St. Croix and Bad River bands of Chippewa last December...

Businesses want Mississippi Choctaw casino (05/29)

Some business owners in Jackson County say they support the off-reservation casino proposed by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Brad Orrison, owner of the Shed , says the casino will bring more customers to...

Opinion: Rhetoric on Mississippi Choctaw casino (05/28)

"In the interest of fairness, I would like to throw my two cents in concerning the casino proposed by the Choctaw Tribe. It seems that few people remember that back during this country's great expansion...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces casino questions (05/24)

With official federal recognition, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hopes to open the first Indian gaming facility in Massachusetts. The tribe has purchased land in Middleboro for potential development. Local clergy have made it clear they...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe presents casino plan (05/23)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe doesn't want to turn Massachusetts into Las Vegas, Chairman Glenn Marshall said. Marshall addressed residents in the town of Middleboro last night. He said the tribe would like to build...

Wyandotte Nation rebuilds casino in Kansas City (05/22)

The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma has returned to Kansas City, Kansas, to resurrect its casino. The tribe owns land in the city that is held in trust. The tribe opened a Class II facility there...

Prayers target Mississippi Choctaw casino (05/21)

About 60 people attended a prayer rally near the site of the off-reservation casino sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Jackson County United for Families organized the rally. Speakers talked about their moral...

Prayer rally planned against Choctaw casino (05/18)

Religious groups are holding a prayer rally on Sunday to oppose the off-reservation casino sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Jackson County United for Families says approval of the Choctaw casino will lead...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still eyeing casino sites (05/18)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is still considering other sites for gaming despite purchasing land in one community. The tribe and its backer own land in the town of Middleboro. But a spokesperson said...

Ione Band to drop legal fight over casino agreement (05/17)

The Ione Band of Miwok Indians will probably drop its fight to preserve an agreement for a proposed casino in Amador County, Vice Chairman Gil Jamerson said. The tribe signed a municipal services agreement with...

Mashpee Wampanoag casino leads to recall bid (05/17)

Three leaders in the town of Middleboro, Massachusetts, are facing a recall for supporting the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's proposed casino. Some residents are already unhappy with the way the three leaders have managed the town's...

Gila River takes comments on casino relocation (05/16)

The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona held a public meeting to discuss the proposed relocation of the Lone Butte Casino. The tribe wants to double the size of the facility and move it closer...

BIA set to release Enterprise Rancheria casino plan (05/16)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is set to release a draft environmental impact statement for the Enterprise Rancheria's proposed casino in Yuba County, California. A BIA official in Sacramento said the document has been sent...

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe faces opposition on casino (05/16)

The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma faces opposition to its plan for a casino in Grove. The tribe wants to build a 100,000-square-foot casino in the city. But residents are hosting a meeting to form an...

Many questions on Prairie Band Potawatomi casino (05/16)

Residents of DeKalb County, Illinois, still don't know if the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation of Kansas will be able to build a casino in their backyard. At a town hall meeting on Tuesday, residents asked...

Public hearing on Prairie Band casino in Illinois (05/15)

Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) hosted state and federal officials at a public hearing on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation's plans for gaming in Illinois. Hastert has previously spoken against tribal gaming in his state. He...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's casino faces vote (05/15)

Residents of Middleboro, Massachusetts, will vote on a non-binding referendum on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's proposed casino. The tribe has purchased land in the town for potential development. Town leaders support a casino but wanted...

Community debates Mashpee Wampanoag casino (05/14)

Residents of Middleboro, Massachusetts, are debating the merits of a tribal casino. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has purchased land in the town for potential development. No final decisions have been made about the project but...

City to vote against Cowlitz Tribe's casino (05/11)

The city council in La Center, Washington, is expected to approve a resolution against the Cowlitz Tribe's proposed casino. The city will vote on the resolution May 23. It comes after Vancouver passed a resolution...

Mississippi governor opposes new casinos (05/11)

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) said he opposes the expansion of gaming in the state. Barbour spoke at the Southern Gaming Summit on Thursday. He praised the state's gaming industry for improving the economy....

Sen. Feinstein introduces new Lytton Band bill (05/10)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) introduced S.1347, the Lytton Gaming Oversight Act of 2007, on Wednesday. The bill allows the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians to continue operating a Class II facility in the city...

BIA official cites changing climate on gaming (05/10)

George Skibine, the acting principal deputy assistant secretary at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, spoke at the Southern Gaming Summit on Wednesday. Skibine, who heads the Office of Indian Gaming Management, said the BIA considers...

California county discusses possible casino (05/09)

Officials in Plumas County, California, are learning about the potential for casino development by the Greenville Rancheria. The tribe was terminated but restored to recognition through litigation. A local law firm, however, claim the tribe's...

Oklahoma county home to 10 tribal casinos (05/08)

The big bucks may be in California or Connecticut but when it comes to sheer number of gaming facilities, Oklahoma tribes have everyone beat. Oklahoma is home to the largest number of casinos. The...

Anti-Indian group cites DOI letter as progress (05/08)

One Nation United, a group opposed to federal Indian policies that recognize tribal sovereignty and treaty rights, says the Interior Department's letter about off-reservation gaming is "true progress." Barb Lindsay, the national director of the...

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe plans 2008 opening for casino (05/03)

The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma plans to open its new casino by the summer of 2008. Chief Paul Spicer presented the proposal to the city council in Grove on Tuesday night. He said the casino...

Dry Creek Rancheria denies off-reservation casino (05/02)

The Dry Creek Rancheria of California says it has no plans to develop an off-reservation casino. The tribe submitted a land-into-trust application for 277 acres. But since the land is not part of a...

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe to present casino plans (05/01)

The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma plans to open a casino in Grove. The proposed Grand Lake Casino and Resort would include a 100,000-square-foot casino, a 125-room hotel, a convention center and three restaurants. The 30-acre...

Off-reservation bill in Wisconsin in limbo (04/27)

A bill to add more hurdles to off-reservation casinos in Wisconsin appears to be dead. The state Assembly voted 57-38 in favor of Bill 205. It requires the Legislature, in addition to the governor, to...

Grand Ronde Tribes want say off-reservation (04/27)

The Confederated Grand Ronde Tribes wants to be consulted on decisions affecting a proposed off-reservation casino in Oregon. The Grand Ronde want to be included in a list of tribes consulted by the Columbia River...

Michigan tribe secures $5M for casino design (04/25)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians have secured $5 million for the design and development of a casino in Michigan. IGT, a leading gaming manufacturer, provided the money. It will be used to design...

Mississippi Choctaws mum on benefits of casino (04/23)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians hasn't provided details on the benefits a proposed off-reservation casino would provide to the community, The Biloxi Sun Herald reports. The tribe wants to build a casino in Ocean...

Arkansas governor opposes Keetoowah casino (04/20)

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) said he won't support the United Keetoowah Band's proposed casino. The tribe is based in Oklahoma but wants 10 acres in Arkansas placed in trust for a $131 million casino....

Labor union opposes off-reservation casino bill (04/18)

The Milwaukee County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is opposing a bill that would place additional hurdles for off-reservation casinos in Wisconsin. The bill requires state lawmakers to approve off-reservation casinos. That's in addition to the state...

Tribes fight over off-reservation casino (04/17)

Two Wisconsin tribes continue to battle over plans for an off-reservation casino. The Menominee Nation wants to open a casino in Kenosha, nearly 200 miles from the reservation. The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, the owner...

Two tribes want off-reservation casino considered (04/11)

Two California tribes want lawmakers to consider their compacts for an off-reservation casino in Barstow. The Big Lagoon Rancheria and the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians have proposed side-by-side casinos in Barstow....

Mississippi Choctaws await off-reservation vote (04/09)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians won't build an off-reservation casino if Jackson County voters reject it, Chief Phillip Martin said. Martin said the tribe looked forward to an upcoming vote on the casino. The...

Jena Band of Choctaws forge ahead with Class II (04/05)

The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians plan to open a Class II facility now that the Louisiana tribe has a land base. The tribe was recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1995. Earlier...

Wisconsin tribes battle on off-reservation casino (04/04)

The Menominee Nation and the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe continue to battle over plans for an off-reservation casino in Wisconsin. The Menominee Nation wants to build a casino in Kenosha, nearly 200 miles from the...

Mississippi Choctaws push off-reservation casino (04/04)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will continue to push for an off-reservation casino in Jackson County, Chief Phillip Martin said. Martin said the tribe will abide by the results of a non-binding referendum on...

County sets November vote on Mississippi Choctaw casino (04/03)

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors scheduled a November 2007 vote on the off-reservation casino sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The non-binding referendum asks voters if they support gaming. It reads: "Allow...

County to set Mississippi Choctaw casino vote (03/29)

With all legal questions resolved, the Jackson County Board of Supervisors plans to schedule a non-binding election for the off-reservation casino sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The county asked for an opinion...

County can vote on Mississippi Choctaw casino (03/28)

The Mississippi Attorney General's Office has confirmed that Jackson County can hold a non-binding referendum on the off-reservation casino sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The tribe asked the county to schedule the...

Mohegan Tribe blasted for off-reservation casino (03/27)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut is coming under fire for financing an off-reservation casino in Wisconsin. But the opponents aren't anti-Indian or anti-gaming groups. The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe is paying for television and print...

'Political suicide' over Mississippi Choctaw casino (03/21)

The mayor of Ocean Springs says she may be committing "political suicide" for publicly supporting the off-reservation casino sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Mayor Connie Moran thinks the casino will have a...

Mayor supports Mississippi Choctaw casino (03/20)

The mayor of Ocean Springs supports the off-reservation casino sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Mayor Connie Moran said the casino would stimulate the economy in the city and Jackson County. She expects...

Editorial: Vote on Mississippi Choctaw casino (03/19)

"The Mississippi Band of Choctaws propose a $375 million casino on 100 acres the tribe owns off Miss. 57 near Interstate 10. Choctaw Chief Phillip Martin has stated the tribe will respect the wish of...

Interview: Sen. Schumer and off-reservation gaming (03/19)

The Middleton Times Herald-Record interviews Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) about his efforts to secure federal approval for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's off-reservation casino in the Catskills. The casino has the support of state...

Pastors want warly vote on Choctaw casino (03/16)

Pastors in Jackson County are still trying to get an early vote on the off-reservation casino sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The tribe asked the county to schedule a non-binding referendum in...

Graton Rancheria offers funds to keep hospital open (03/14)

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria are offering to keep the Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, California, up and running. The tribe wants to open a casino in the Bay Area. The project is still...

Tribes renew commitment to off-reservation casino (03/13)

The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin and the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut remain committed to an off-reservation casino. The Menominee Nation wants to build a casino in Kenosha, nearly 200 miles from the reservation. The Mohegan...

Editorial: Vote on Mississippi Choctaw casino (03/13)

Indianz.Com Casino StalkerTracking casino proposals across Indian Country. "The Jackson County Board of Supervisors ought to embrace an opinion from Attorney General Jim Hood that it can call a non-binding referendum on a proposed tribal...

Editorial: Don't complicate off-reservation casino (03/09)

"The danger in the ongoing scandal tied to a former developer connected with the Kenosha tribal casino plan, is that it could contribute to a toxic atmosphere that may spill over onto Beloit's by-the-book casino...

Vote on Mississippi Choctaw casino approved (03/09)

A non-binding referendum on the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians can go forward, the state attorney general's office says. The tribe wants to build an off-reservation casino in Jackson County. Chief Phillip Martin asked...

Wisconsin governor denies influence on casino (03/08)

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle (D) says $100,000 in campaign contributions from an indicted businessman won't influence his decision on the Menominee Nation's off-reservation casino. Doyle accepted the money from Dennis Troha, a former partner in...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe courted on gaming (03/07)

The ink is barely dry on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's federal recognition decision but that isn't stopping some communities from offering land for a potential casino. The Middleboro board of selectmen voted unanimously to talk...

Tribes seeking off-reservation casinos get BIA letters (03/07)

About two dozen tribes seeking off-reservation casinos have received letters from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The letters warn the tribes about the political atmosphere surrounding "reservation shopping." The BIA cites potential negative Congressional action...

Column: Wisconsin tribe close to Catskills casino (03/02)

"By now you've heard about the St. Regis Mohawk's casino project at the Monticello Gaming & Raceway. But while that project reaps cheers and jeers in front-page articles around the state, another tribe is quietly...

Former off-reservation casino backer indicted (03/02)

Dennis Troha, a former developer for the Menominee Nation's off-reservation casino in Wisconsin, was indicted for allegedly making illegal campaign contributions to Gov. Jim Doyle (D). According to federal prosecutors, Troha allegedly funneled $100,000...

Opinion: Tribes battle over off-reservation casino (03/01)

"Seen those ads on television about stopping Native Americans from overrunning Beloit, Wis.? No, Chief Black Hawk has not returned to reclaim his beloved Sinnissippi Valley. Illiniwek ain’t moving across the border, and there’s no...

Groups urge no smoking at off-resevation casino (03/01)

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) is being urged to ensure that the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe doesn't allow smoking at its off-reservation casino. Spitzer and the tribe signed a deal to apply all local...

BIA to hold hearing on Hannahville casino (03/01)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will hold a public hearing on March 8 for the Hannaville Indian Tribe's proposed off-reservation casino. The BIA is preparing an environmental impact statement on the project in Romulus, Michigan,...

Mohegan Tribe assumes larger off-reservation role (02/27)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut will play a larger role in the development of an off-reservation casino in Wisconsin. The tribe was financing the Menominee Nation's proposed casino in Kenosha. But the local developer, Dennis...

Keep casinos in Catskills, lawmaker says (02/23)

A New York state lawmaker wants to make sure tribes don't try to open casinos outside of the Catskills. State law authorizes up to three casinos in the Catskills, about 90 minutes north of New...

Michigan tribe faces wait for off-reservation casino (02/21)

The Hannahville Tribe of Potawatomi Indians wants to build an off-reservation casino in Romulus, Michigan, but it could take years to gain federal approval. The Bureau of Indian Affairs published notice earlier this month of...

County seeks vote on off-reservation casino (02/21)

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors wants voters to decide this November whether to host an off-reservation sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The tribe wants to build a casino in Ocean...

Residents of Catskills skeptical of Mohawk casino (02/21)

Residents of the Catskills, a once-thriving resort community north of New York City, aren't jumping for joy with the state's approval of an off-reservation casino for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. Many support the...

Cayuga tribes won't get any Catskills casinos (02/20)

Two Cayuga tribes who lost their land claim won't be getting any casinos in the Catskills, a tribal spokesperson said. The Cayuga Nation of New York and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma were offered separate...

New York governor approves off-reservation casino (02/19)

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) has approved an off-reservation casino for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. Spitzer and the tribe signed a deal today for the $500 million casino in the Catskills. It...

Legal issues cloud off-reservation casino (02/19)

The Seneca Nation of New York already broke ground on its off-reservation casino in Buffalo but the site's legality remains in question. The tribe bought the site with land claim settlement funds. Under an...

Kempthorne still has role in off-reservation casino (02/16)

Last December, the Interior Department issued a finding of no significant impact for the off-reservation casino sought by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York. It's now up to New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer...

Group sues BIA for Mississippi Choctaw records (02/16)

A group representing non-Indian casinos in the Gulf Coast is suing the Bureau of Indian Affairs to obtain records and correspondence with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Coast Businesses for Fair Play claims the...

Off-reservation casino in Michigan on radar again (02/16)

The Bay Mills Indian Community in Michigan is once again seeking Congressional approval for an off-reservation casino. The tribe wants to settle its land claim at Charlotte Beach for gaming rights at Port Huron....

Groups sue BIA over off-reservation casino (02/14)

Opponents of an off-reservation casino in New York sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs over alleged deficiencies in the environmental review of the project. The BIA approved the casino for the St. Regis Mohawk...

County to pursue vote on off-reservation casino (02/13)

Officials in Jackson County will ask the state Legislature for permission to hold a non-binding referendum on the off-reservation casino sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The tribe asked the county to set...

Kempthorne urged to back off-reservation casino (02/13)

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) is urging Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to approve an off-reservation casino for two Chippewa bands. Baldwin says the community supports the St. Croix and Bad River Chippewa project. She said the...

Opinion: Off-reservation casinos a good idea for Barstow (02/12)

"The Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla Indians of San Diego County is easily more than 100 miles from Barstow, while the Big Lagoon Rancheria of Humboldt County is well over several hundred miles away....

Editorial: Vote on Choctaw off-reservation casino (02/12)

"A clarifying vote on gambling in Jackson County is needed as soon as possible. The Board of Supervisors' legal counsel is to report Monday as to what the county's legal options are on the...

Nottawaseppi Huron Band hopes to break ground (02/08)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians hopes to break ground on its long-delayed casino later this year. The tribe filed a land-into-trust application to use 79 acres in Emmett Township, Michigan, for a...

Rival tribes could sink off-reservation casino bill (02/07)

Two California tribes seeking to open side-by-side casinos hundreds of miles from their reservations face opposition from rival tribes. The Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians and the Big Lagoon Rancheria signed...

County debates vote on off-reservation casino (02/06)

Supervisors in Jackson County continue to debate whether they can call a vote on the off-reservation casino sought by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Choctaw Chief Phillip Martin asked the county to schedule a...

United Keetoowah Band touts Arkansas casino (02/06)

The United Keetoowah Band of Oklahoma says 71 percent of residents in Fort Smith, Arkansas, support a casino in their city. The tribe has asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs to place land in trust...

Choctaw off-reservation casino vote in question (02/05)

Indianz.Com Casino StalkerTracking casino proposals across Indian Country. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indianswants Jackson County to hold a non-binding referendum on an off-reservation casino but officials aren't sure how to move forward with the...

Tigua Tribe asks BIA for casino in New Mexico (01/17)

The Tigua Tribe of Texas has asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs for approval to open a casino in New Mexico. The tribe filed a land-into-trust application for 10 acres near Chaparral. The site...

Off-reservation casino in Wisconsin advances (01/09)

Two Wisconsin tribes who want to open an off-reservation casino have moved closer to their goal. The Bad River and St. Croix bands of Chippewa have proposed a $200 million casino in Beloit, near...