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BIA approves casino for Cowlitz Tribe (12/23)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs gave final approval to a casino for the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington. The BIA issued a final environmental impact statement for the casino over two years ago but the Bush...

Editorial: Show the cards for off-reservation casino in Catskills (12/20)

"If that casino that the Stockbridge-Munsee Indian tribe wants to build in the Catskills indeed becomes a reality, the cards will, of course, come mostly face down in its games of chance. Whether the hand...

Column: Bay Mills isn't asking for permission to operate casino (12/20)

"The Chippewa of Bay Mills, an Upper Peninsula tribe, has been trying since 1993 to open a casino in Port Huron. In August 2002, Gov. John Engler gave the tribe his blessing. In November 2007,...

Harold Monteau: Spokane Tribe deserves off-reservation casino (12/20)

"The Spokane Tribe of Indians should have its Spokane, Wash. area lands approved for purposes of Indian gaming. They deserve to be treated no differently than the Kalispel Tribe has been treated and, in fact,...

Judge allows Arizona governor brief in Tohono O'odham lawsuit (12/17)

A federal judge said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) can file a brief in the lawsuit against the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. Brewer opposes the tribe's casino bid. She isn't officially a party to...

Chickasaw Nation passed over for state-owned casino in Kansas (12/15)

The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma won't be operating a casino for the state of Kansas. Global Gaming Solutions, a tribal subsidiary, proposed a 260,000 square-foot casino in Sumner County. But the Kansas Lottery Gaming Facility...

Anti-gaming amendment would stop off-reservation casino plan (12/14)

An anti-gaming amendment being proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) would kill an off-reservation casino project in Barstow, California, despite local and state support for the project. The Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno...

Stockbridge Munsee Band talks off-reservation casino with DOI (12/13)

The Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin has discussed its off-reservation casino with Interior Department officials, Chief Kimberly Vele said. The meeting took place in Washington, D.C. Vele said she hopes to hear...

City registers domain for Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino (12/09)

It looks like the city of Glendale, Arizona, is trying to hijack web traffic for the proposed Tohono O'odham Nation casino. The tribe announced plans for the $550 million West Valley Resort in January 2009....

Tohono O'odham Nation wants to meet for off-reservation casino (12/07)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona is hoping to end litigation over its proposed off-reservation casino. The tribe wants to sit down with the city of Glendale and discuss the $550 million project. But don't...

Cloverdale Rancheria pushes casino bid amid leadership dispute (12/06)

A leadership dispute within the Cloverdale Rancheria could determine the future of the tribe's casino plan. The tribe is working with Sealaska, an Alaska Native regional corporation, on the casino. The Bureau of Indian Affairs...

Arizona governor submits brief for off-reservation casino lawsuit (12/06)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) submitted a friend of the court brief in the lawsuit against the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. Brewer has voiced opposition to the casino in the past. But this is...

Opinion: Plenty of room in New Mexico for off-reservation casino (12/06)

"Earlier this year, the Department of Interior decided to take a second look at the Pueblo of Jemez proposal to build a casino in Anthony, N.M. As the leaders of the communities directly affected by...

Editorial: New York governor hides deal for off-reservation casino (12/01)

"Gov. Paterson refuses to make public the legal compact he signed with a Wisconsin-based Indian tribe to open a new full-scale Catskills casino. Why? Paterson counsel Peter Kiernan claims the compact is a work...

City appeals ruling in Mashpee Wampanoag casino land lawsuit (11/30)

Officials in Fall River, Massachusetts, have appealed a decision that blocked the sale of land to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The Fall River Redevelopment Authority entered into an agreement to sell 300 acres to the...

Spokane Tribe remains hopeful over off-reservation casino plan (11/29)

The Spokane Tribe hopes to make history by opening the second off-reservation casino in Washington. The tribe wants to build a casino, hotel and other properties in Airway Heights. The facility will provide jobs and...

Editorial: Cheering for Bay Mills off-reservation casino proposal (11/29)

"With little to lose and much to gain, the Bay Mills Indian Community has opened a mini-casino in Vanderbilt, a village on Interstate 75 north of Gaylord, without federal or state approval. If the play...

Judge allows lawmakers in Tohono O'odham off-reservation suit (11/24)

A federal judge has allowed Republican lawmakers in Arizona to join a lawsuit challenging the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. The four lawmakers are leaders in the Arizona Legislature. Judge David Campbell said they can...

City weighs next step in Mashpee Wampanoag casino land case (11/23)

Officials in Fall River, Massachusetts, are still pushing for the sale of land to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The city wants to sell 300 acres to the tribe for a casino. But the $21 million...

Stockbridge Munsee Band seeks land claim exception for casino (11/23)

The Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin will seek to open an off-reservation casino in New York through a land claim exception. Generally, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act bars gaming on land acquired...

Judge rejects sale of land for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino (11/22)

For the second time, a judge in Massachusetts has rejected a land deal for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. Judge Richard T. Moses said a modified agreement that doesn't mention gaming continues to violate state laws....

Column: Developer confident on Bay Mills off-reservation casino (11/22)

"As I wrote a week ago, Bay Mills chairman Jeff Parker and Mike Malik, a casino developer from Detroit, are confident their 17-year effort to open a Port Huron facility will succeed this time around....

New York governor expected to announce off-reservation casino (11/22)

New York Gov. David Paterson (D) is expected to make an announcement today about an off-reservation casino in the Catskills. Paterson will make two appearances to talk about the deal, which authorizes a casino for...

Spokane Tribe moves ahead with off-reservation casino project (11/19)

The Spokane Tribe of Washington is moving forward with plans for an off-reservation casino. The tribe wants to build a casino, hotel and other properties near the Spokane International Airport and Fairchild Air Force Base....

La Jolla Band mum about casino plans with new gaming partner (11/19)

The La Jolla Band of Mission Indians want to build a casino on its remote reservation in southern California but details are apparently hard to come by. The tribe has entered into a management agreement...

Editorial: Reject Jemez Pueblo's plan for off-reservation casino (11/18)

"Granting the Jemez Pueblo Indian Tribe a license to open a casino in Anthony, N.M. would go against what Indian gaming should be about - jobs for the tribe. Once again the proposal to open...

NRDC Blog: Off-reservation casino not so great for the Catskills (11/18)

"In a surprise announcement yesterday, Governor Paterson said he is poised to make a deal with the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe of Wisconsin that would allow them to build a gargantuan casino complex directly along a one-mile...

Stockbridge Munsee casino faces major opposition in New York (11/18)

The Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin will face major hurdles in its bid to open a casino in New York. The tribe needs federal approval for its land-into-trust application and its Class...

Bay Mills off-reservation casino still under scrutiny in Michigan (11/17)

Officials in Michigan are still reviewing the legality of the Bay Mills Indian Community off-reservation casino. The tribe opened the casino on November 3. The site hasn't been placed in trust but state and federal...

Stockbridge Munsee Band reaches deal for casino in New York (11/17)

The Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin has reached a deal to open a casino in New York. The tribe is expected to sign a Class III gaming compact with Gov. David Paterson...

Report funded by Guidiville casino backer recommends pot farm (11/16)

If the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians can't use a site in Richmond, California, for a casino then the next best use is a medical marijuana farm, according to a study funded by the tribe's...

IPR: Bay Mills Tribe makes big splash with off-reservation casino (11/16)

"There's a new Indian-run casino in Vanderbilt north of Gaylord along I-75. It's a small facility with just a few dozen slot machines. Its opening came as a shock to the state, and to several...

City hires even more expensive lawyer for Mashpee gaming suit (11/16)

The city of Fall River, Massachusetts, has hired a new attorney to defend the sale of land to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The city's Redevelopment Authority was paying $295 an hour to attorney William Devereux....

Sokaogon Chippewa bid for off-reservation casino appears dead (11/15)

Plans for an off-reservation casino with the Sokaogon Chippewa Community of Wisconsin appear to be dead. In July, The Sheboygan Press reported of discussions between the tribe and officials in Sheboygan. But there hasn't been...

Column: Bay Mills still confident of casino success after 17 years (11/15)

"Bay Mills hopes to generate a few thousand more jobs in Port Huron, where it has been trying for 17 years to open a casino. Earlier this month, the tribe exercised a long-held option to...

Opinion: Voters made the right call on Guidiville Band casino bid (11/15)

"On behalf of the children of the city of Richmond, I want to thank the voters for their resounding defeat of Measure U. The greater community of Richmond can do better than to place its...

Opinion: Let the public decide the fate of Guidiville Band's casino (11/12)

"While the 2010 election was seen as a setback by some, for Richmond it marked a tidal shift in a seven-year battle to protect Point Molate, the last large undeveloped headland on the bay, long...

Tribes dispute acquisition of land for Tohono O'odham casino bid (11/11)

Generally, land acquired after the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 can't be used for gaming. But the law contains an exception for land acquired in connection with a land claim settlement. According to the...

BIA backs casino in Cherokee Nation land-into-trust application (11/11)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs says the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma can engage in gaming on newly acquired land. Generally, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act bars gaming on land acquired after 1988. But it...

Guidiville Band won't drop casino bid despite results of local vote (11/10)

The Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians doesn't plan on changing course on the $1.2 billion Point Molate Resort despite an anti-casino sentiment in Richmond, California. Voters rejected the casino by a 58-42 percent margin on...

Gila River Tribe disputes Tohono O'odham Nation land acquisition (11/10)

The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona has come up with a new argument against the off-reservation casino sought by the Tohono O'odham Nation. The Tohono O'odham Nation acquired the proposed gaming site with land...

Talk Back: Residents not keen on Bay Mills off-reservation casino (11/10)

"Could Port Huron become a gambling town? Two out of three callers think that would be a losing proposition. Talk to me: J. from St. Clair County: "I see Bay Mills bought land that possibly...

Little Traverse Bay Bands accuses Bay Mills of violating compact (11/10)

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians says a new casino opened by the Bay Mills Indian Community violates the Class III gaming compact. Little Traverse Chairman Ken Harrington said Bay Mills hasn't followed...

Lobbyist who was praised by Bay Mills works against tribe's casino (11/09)

On November 3, the Bay Mills Indian Community opened an off-reservation casino in Vanderbilt, Michigan, and praised Larry Rosenthal of the Ietan Consulting lobbying firm. “This is something we’ve been working on for a long...

Tohono O'odham Nation set to offer maximum machines at casino (11/09)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona will likely offer the maximum number of slot machines at its proposed off-reservation casino, the tribe's gaming attorney said. Under the Class III compact, tribes can install up to...

Jemez Pueblo hopeful for second review of off-reservation casino (11/08)

Jemez Pueblo hopes the Obama administration will approve its plan for an off-reservation casino in southern New Mexico. The tribe wants to build a casino in Anthony, near the Texas border. The site is...

Bay Mills Indian Community defends legality of gaming operation (11/08)

The Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan says its new gaming facility is operating within the law. According to the tribe, the site in Vanderbilt sits on "qualified Indian lands." But other tribes say the...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's casino deal in limbo due to litigation (11/04)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts continues to face setbacks in its pursuit of a casino. The tribe switched gaming partners and dropped out of a deal with a host community. But the purchase of...

Passamaquoddy Tribe seeks change in state law for racino project (11/04)

The Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine wants to open a casino in partnership with a racetrack but the racino won't be possible without a change in state law. In 2003, voters approved a referendum that allows...

City spends $630K to fight Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino (11/04)

The city of Glendale, Arizona, has spent $630,000 on lawsuit against the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. The case is still in the early stages. But the city already has hired five law firms in...

Most voters against Guidiville Band casino in advisory referendum (11/03)

Voters in Richmond, California, don't want a casino in their city, according to unofficial results from an advisory referendum. The Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians wants to build the $1.2 billion Point Molate Resort at...

Editorial: Reach compromise on Graton Rancheria's casino project (11/03)

"An area of land behind Home Depot has the potential to become a hub of job opportunties, nightlife and visitor attractions. The Federated Indians of Greaton Rancheria has successfully moved the jurisdiction of this land...

Candidates for Arizona governor weigh off-reservation casino bid (11/02)

The two candidates for governor of Arizona have differing opinions on the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. Republican Jan Brewer, who serves as governor, opposes the casino. But Democrat Terry Goddard, who currently serves as...

Mayor to fight ruling blocking sale to Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe (11/02)

The city of Fall River, Massachusetts, plans to fight a decision that blocked the sale of land to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Mayor Will Flanagan said. Flanagan said the city's legal team discussed the case...

Chickasaw Nation presents plans for WinSpirit Casino in Kansas (10/29)

The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma presented plans for a state-owned casino in Kansas. The tribe will call the facility the WinSpirit Casino. Plans call for a 260,000 square-foot casino with 1,300 electronic games, 40 blackjack...

More lawmakers seek to join Tohono O'odham Nation casino suit (10/29)

A group of 13 Republican state lawmakers want to intervene in a lawsuit against the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino but a federal judge has already rejected a request from one of them. Sen. Russell...

Judge halts sale of land for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's casino (10/29)

A judge in Massachusetts halted the sale of land to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The judge said the sale of the land in the city of Fall River might violate state laws. He said the...

Mississippi Choctaws still looking to fill positions at new casino (10/28)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has hired about 184 people for its new casino and is still looking to fill more positions. About 1,000 people have filed applications for the Bok Homa Casino. The...

Editorial: Vote no on advisory measure for Guidiville casino bid (10/28)

"For seven years, the hard-luck city of Richmond has toyed with a bayside casino to ease its 18 percent jobless rate and persistent poverty. On Tuesday, voters will have their say on whether a $1...

Judge hears lawsuit over Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe land deal (10/27)

A judge in Massachusetts heard arguments in a lawsuit that seeks to stop the sale of land to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The tribe agreed to buy 45 acres in the city of Fall River...

Group files suit to stop land sale to Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (10/26)

A group of taxpayers, including the leader of a non-recognized tribe, has filed a lawsuit to block the sale of land to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts. The tribe agreed to pay $4.5 million...

Bay Mills Indian Community rejects speculation over casino bid (10/25)

The Bay Mills Indian Community doesn't plan on building an off-reservation casino in Vanderbilt, Michigan, even as some people say they would welcome the development. The tribe recently purchased more than 45 acres next to...

Editorial: Keep lawmaker away from off-reservation casino suit (10/25)

"There are a lot of people with a real stake in the Interior Department's decision to approve new tribal trust land in the middle of Glendale, which opens the door to a huge, new casino-resort...

Mayor says Ponca Tribe's casino will boost economy in Iowa city (10/21)

The leader of Carter Lake, Iowa, welcomes the proposed Ponca Tribe casino. Mayor Russ Kramer said he's tried unsuccessfully to lure businesses to the city. Indian gaming appears to be the only way to spur...

Guidiville Band reaches land protection deal as part of casino bid (10/21)

The Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians reached a major land protection deal as part of its plan to build a casino in Richmond, California. The tribe agreed to pay at least $48 million to protect...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe closes on casino land deal in month (10/21)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is closing on a land deal on November 16, The Fall River Herald News reported. The tribe must pay a non-refundable $225,000 deposit to the redevelopment authority in the...

Casino foes argue Graton Rancheria land not eligible for gaming (10/21)

Foes of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California say the tribe's new reservation is not eligible for gaming. The tribe was restored to federal recognition by an act of Congress. The law directed...

State lawmaker wants to enter Tohono O'odham casino lawsuit (10/20)

An Arizona state lawmaker wants to intervene in a lawsuit against the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. Sen. Russell Pearce (R) says his interests aren't represented by other parties to the litigation. But the federal...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to buy land at casino site for $4.5M (10/20)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts has agreed to buy 45 acres in the town of Fall River for $4.5 million. The land is part of a larger 300-acre site that the tribe wants to...

Schwarzenegger won't discuss Graton Rancheria compact talks (10/20)

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) won't say whether his administration is negotiating a Class III gaming compact with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. "We keep negotiations private as part of ensuring the integrity of...

Ponca Tribe confident of NIGC approval for casino plans in Iowa (10/20)

The Ponca Tribe is confident the National Indian Gaming Commission will once again approve plans for a casino in Iowa. A federal judge ruled that the NIGC lacked the authority to make the decision. But...

8th Circuit tells NIGC to reconsider Ponca Tribe's casino project (10/19)

The National Indian Gaming Commission must reconsider a decision that allowed the Ponca Tribe to pursue a casino, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals said today. In December 2008, the NIGC said the tribe's land...

Opinion: Business community supports Guidiville Band casino (10/18)

"At the request of the city, the Guidiville Tribe and Upstream-Point Molate assembled the $1 billion Point Molate Destination Resort project, consistent with the economic development goals of the Dellums legislation that conveyed the land...

Group plans another lawsuit to block Graton Rancheria's casino (10/15)

A group called Stop the Casino 101 Coalition plans to file another lawsuit in hopes of stopping the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria from building a casino in California. The group already lost one lawsuit...

Convicted former Congressman pushes tribal casino bid in Ohio (10/14)

Former Congressman James Traficant, who served time in federal prison on corruption charges, is helping two non-recognized tribes pursue a casino in Ohio. Traficant said the Itana Indian Nation and the Munsee Delaware Indian Nation-USA...

Burns Paiute Tribe gains support for off-reservation casino bid (10/14)

The city council in Nyssa, Oregon, said they will support an off-reservation casino for the Burns Paiute Tribe. The tribe wants to open a gaming facility and pursue other development somewhere in Malheur County. A...

Mississippi Choctaws set to hire over 300 people at new casino (10/14)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians plan to hire more than 300 people to work at the tribe's new gaming facility. The Bok Homa Casino will open in late December. The $18 million, 27,000-square-foot facility...

Interview: Opposition to Warm Springs off-reservation casino (10/12)

"Georgene Rice of KPDQ-FM interviews Nick Graham with the Oregon Family Council, discusses the proposed off Reservation Columbia Gorge Casino near Cascade Locks (not to be confused with Ballot Measure 75 which would place a...

Gila River Governor: Casino suit about respect and principles (10/11)

"There's no literal translation in English that does justice to the tribal word himdag. As Governor of the Gila River Indian Community, himdag guides my every decision, my every action. Himdag, as passed down by...

Mayor says Tohono O'odham Nation casino will hurt community (10/08)

The mayor of Glendale, Arizona, defended the city's lawsuit against the Tohono O'odham Nation. Mayor Elaine Scruggs says the tribe won't contribute revenues, generate jobs or pay sales taxes at the proposed West Valley Resort....

Mescalero Apache Nation against Jemez off-reservation casino (10/07)

The Mescalero Apache Nation announced its opposition to an off-reservation casino for Jemez Pueblo. The Mescalero Apache Nation operates a casino on its reservation in southern New Mexico. The tribe said the Jemez project intrudes...

Group prepares a second lawsuit over Graton Rancheria casino (10/06)

A group that's been fighting the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria over a casino is planning another lawsuit. Stop the Casino 101 Coalition already lost one case. But now that the Bureau of Indian Affairs...

BIA approves land-into-trust application for Graton Rancheria (10/05)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved a land-into-trust application for the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California. The tribe plans to use the 254-acre site for a casino. The final environmental impact statement...

Tohono O'odham Nation seeks IGRA exception in bid for casino (10/04)

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act generally bars gaming on land acquired after 1988 but the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona says it's entitled to an exception. Section 20 of IGRA allows gaming on land acquired...

City wants consent over Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino (09/30)

The city of Glendale, Arizona, says the state should have veto authority over the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. The tribe acquired the land for the West Valley Resort through an act of Congress. But...

Survey points to concerns on Mississippi Choctaw casino project (09/29)

Researchers at Mississippi State University conducted a survey about the new casino being built by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Most people have a negative reaction to the casino. They are worried about traffic,...

City clearing path for Manzanita Band off-reservation casino bid (09/29)

The Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation could finally see action on its off-reservation casino in the city of Calexico, near the U.S.-Mexico border. The tribe submitted a land-into-trust application to the Bureau of Indian...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reportedly considers Class II casino (09/29)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is reportedly considering a Class II casino. The tribe is negotiating to buy a 300-acre site in the city of Fall River for $21 million. If the land is...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe working on new casino deal with city (09/28)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is reportedly working on a new casino deal with the city of Fall River, Massachusetts. The tribe wants to use a 300-acre site in the city for a casino. The purchase...

Kansas officials oppose Wyandotte Nation off-reservation casino (09/28)

Officials in Kansas are urging the Obama administration to reject an off-reservation casino for the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma. Gov. Mark Parkinson (D) says approval of the casino in Sedgwick County will go against the...

Editorial: Even more doubts facing Cowlitz Tribe's casino proposal (09/24)

"While the federal government continues its lengthy process to determine if the Cowlitz Tribe may build a mega-casino near La Center, the growing question is whether the tribe will ever find the money to do...

BIA holds consultation on gaming land-into-trust determinations (09/24)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs held the first in a series of consultation sessions on gaming land-into-trust determinations. The meeting was held on Spokane, Washington, on Thursday. The Kalispel Tribe used the session to raise...

Artman calls gaming land applications 'highly politicized process' (09/24)

Carl Arman, who served as assistant secretary of the Bureau of Indian Affairs during the final years of the Bush administration, says review of gaming land applications has become "a highly politicized process." Artman said...

Cowlitz Tribe confident of Mohegan Tribe's backing for casino bid (09/23)

The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington isn't worried about economic problems facing its gaming partner, the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut. “They are still committed to our project,” Cowlitz spoksperson Phil Harju told The Columbian. “And we’re...

City retains law firm for Burns Paiute off-reservation casino bid (09/22)

The city council in Ontario, Oregon, hired a law firm to negotiate with the Burns Paiute Tribe for an off-reservation casino. The city hired Miller Nash should the tribe's proposal move forward. But The Ontario...

Mayor backs Jemez Pueblo's proposal for off-reservation casino (09/22)

The mayor of Anthony, New Mexico, welcomes the off-reservation casino proposed by Jemez Pueblo. The tribe has filed a land-into-trust application for a site in Anthony, about 300 miles from its reservation. The Bush administration...

City files lawsuit to stop Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino (09/22)

The city of Glendale, Arizona, filed a lawsuit against the federal government to stop the Tohono O'odham Nation from building an off-reservation casino. The city claims the settlement act that authorized the tribe to acquire...

Editorial: Guidiville Band casino the wrong idea for the Bay Area (09/21)

"For most communities, their economies and identities are the result of geography and historical factors that evolved over time. Along the way there are key decision points, where the leaders of a city or county...

BIA hosts public meeting on Cloverdale Rancheria casino project (09/17)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs held a public meeting on the casino proposed by the Cloverdale Rancheria in California. The tribe plans to build a $250 million casino in Sonoma County. The 596,000 square-foot gaming...

Mississippi Choctaws drop request for referendum on casino plan (09/17)

Three members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians have ended their push for a referendum on a new casino. Vickie Rangel and two other members went to tribal court to seek a referendum. The...

Gila River Indian Community sues to block Tohono O'odham casino (09/17)

The Gila River Indian Community filed a lawsuit against the Interior Department in hopes of stopping the Tohono O'odham Nation from building an off-reservation casino. The Gila River Tribe says DOI violated its procedures by...

Groups worried about air quality and Enterprise Rancheria casino (09/14)

At least two groups submitted comments on the proposed Enterprise Rancheria casino in California. The Sierra Nevada Group said the environmental impact statement for the casino failed to address the casino's impact on air quality....

Manzanita Band still planning off-reservation casino near Mexico (09/13)

The Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation in California is still working on an off-reservation casino near the U.S. -Mexico border. The tribe is working with the Calexico on the project. Plans call for a...

Editorial: Wyandotte Nation not connected to Kansas casino site (09/13)

"Sumner County voters said they wanted casino gambling, making the withdrawn plans and endless approval process frustrating. Sedgwick County voters said they didn’t want casino gambling, making the prospect of a tribal casino now beyond...

Guidiville Band casino plan an issue in mayoral race in Richmond (09/10)

Indian gaming is an issue in the mayoral race in Richmond, California, but The New York Times doesn't mention the tribe involved. The Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians wants to build a $1.2 billion Point...

Enterprise Rancheria hoping for decision on casino by November (09/10)

The Enterprise Rancheria of California hopes the Bureau of Indian Affairs makes a decision on its proposed casino by November. The comment period closed on Tuesday for the environmental impact statement for the project. Plans...

City prepares lawsuit on Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino (09/09)

The city of Glendale, Arizona, will file a lawsuit over the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino by the end of the month. The city was waiting for the Bureau of Indian Affairs to publish a...

Pokagon Band wins local support for its second casino in Michigan (09/09)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians gained local approval for its second casino in Michigan. The tribe's compact requires approval from a local government, the voters or another method "suitable" to the governor. The...

Sen. Kerry promises support for Mashpee Wampanoag casino bid (09/09)

Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) said he will support a casino for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. Kerry promised to help after meeting Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan, who is pushing for the casino. "It doesn't make...

Law Article: The Obama administration and off-reservation gaming (09/08)

"EARLIER THIS SUMMER, the U.S. Department of the Interior released a June 18, 2010 memorandum from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk detailing the Department’s approach to Indian...

Wyandotte Nation adds to land for off-reservation casino in Kansas (09/08)

The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma purchased more land for its proposed off-reservation casino in Kansas. The tribe now owns about 17 acres in Park City, near Wichita. Most of the land was purchased with funds...

Oregon governor supports off-reservation casino for Warm Springs (09/08)

Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D) says he will approve an off-reservation casino for the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation. Kulongoski's support is required under the two-part determination section of the Indian Gaming Regulatory...

North Fork Rancheria moves closer to decision on casino project (09/02)

After waiting more than six years, the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California is about to get an answer on its proposed casino. The tribe wants to build a $350 million casino with...

Opinion: State politicos should back Mississippi Choctaw casino (09/02)

Officials in Malheur County, Oregon, are meeting every month to discuss a potential off-reservation casino with the Burns Paiute Tribe. The Malheur County Casino Committee hired an attorney with Indian law experience and wants to...

Opinion: State politicians should back Mississippi Choctaw casino (09/02)

"In June, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) announced plans to build a new casino in Sandersville in Jones County. The 27,000-square-foot casino, which is expected to cost $18 million to build, will boast...

9th Circuit rejects challenge to NIGC's approval of Cowlitz casino (09/01)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to stop the Cowlitz Tribe from building a casino in Washington. The city of Vancouver sued the National Indian...

BIA to consult tribes over gaming land-into-trust determinations (09/01)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has scheduled a series of consultations to ask tribes about gaming land-into-trust determinations. Three major topics are on the agenda. All affect policies, regulations and directives issued by the Bush...

Judge won't change wording on Guidiville Band casino referendum (08/31)

A judge in California upheld the wording of an advisory referendum on the casino proposed by the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians. Critics said Measure U includes false statements about the $1.2 billion Point Molate...

Navajo Nation community approves sale of alcohol at new casino (08/30)

Members of the Navajo Nation who live in the Upper Fruitland Chapter voted to approve alcohol at a planned casino. Alcohol will be restricted to the restaurant at the $80 million facility in New Mexico....

Compact for Little River Band off-reservation casino up in the air (08/30)

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians of Michigan is weighing its options after a compact for an off-reservation casino failed to come up for a vote last week. The tribe plans to build a...

Mississippi Choctaw judge won't force referendum on casino plan (08/30)

A judge with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians won't force the tribe to hold a referendum on its new casino. Three tribal members sought a vote on the controversial project. But Judge Jeffrey Webb...

Mayor supports Mashpee Wampanoag land-into-trust application (08/30)

The mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, is urging the Interior Department to approve the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe land-into-trust application. The tribe wants to build a casino on a 300-acre site in the city. Mayor Will...

Mississippi governor asks EPA to block Choctaws from new casino (08/27)

Gov. Haley Barbour (R) is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to stop the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians from building a new casino. Barbour claims the new facility will harm groundwater in the area. He...

Pokagon Band finds receptive audience in plan for second casino (08/26)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians presented plans for a second casino in Michigan. The tribe expects to open a smaller version of its Four Winds Casino in late 2011. The new facility will...

Little River off-reservation casino deal fails to come up for a vote (08/26)

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians of Michigan will have to wait longer for a vote on its compact for an off-reservation casino. The Michigan House was prepared to reject a discharge petition for...

Letter: Mississippi Choctaws break compact with new casino bid (08/26)

"Mexico and Canada are both sovereign nations that share borders with the United States. If either were to propose a nuclear waste dump on our border or started training terrorists, our government would not just...

Little River Band awaits vote for off-reservation casino compact (08/25)

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is awaiting legislative action on its compact for an off-reservation casino. The compact authorizes the casino in Fruitport Township and requires the tribe to share revenues with the...

Mississippi Choctaw court hears dispute over casino referendum (08/24)

Three members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians went to tribal court on Monday to ask for a reservation-wide referendum on a controversial casino project. The tribal council voted 8-7 to build a casino...

Editorial: Bad news for the Northwest on off-reservation casinos (08/23)

"No news is good news when it comes to casino development, you say? Perhaps, if you’re talking about the mega-casino proposed by the Cowlitz Tribe for the Interstate 5 interchange near La Center. For months...

Editorial: The good and bad in proposed Tohono O'odham casino (08/23)

"Glendale decided long ago the huge public investment in its sports and entertainment district was a risk worth taking. The debt, the doubts, the detractors are all worth it, in the city's view. It's not...

Editorial: Go slow on Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino plans (08/19)

"The money must be difficult to resist, but a long-term outlook ought to be adopted before tribal gambling is expanded on the West Plains. On Tuesday, the Spokane County commission voted to not oppose the...

Chickasaw Nation wins support for state-owned casino in Kansas (08/18)

The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma is moving closer to building a state-owned casino in Kansas. Global Gaming Solutions, a tribal subsidiary, won an endorsement from commissioners in Sumner County to build a facility there....

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe asks town for casino deal documents (08/18)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe paid more than $3,000 to the town of Middleboro, Massachusetts, for documents about a failed casino deal. In August 2007, the tribe entered into an agreement to build a casino in...

BIA advances another land-into-trust application for casino bid (08/13)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is moving forward with yet another land-into-trust application for a gaming project. Today's issue of the Federal Register contains a notice of a final environmental impact statement for the Ione...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe authorizes study for island casino (08/12)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts has authorized a feasibility study for a casino on the island of Martha's Vineyard. The tribe's reservation falls under a land claim settlement act. The law subjects the reservation...

Mississippi Choctaw court to consider request for casino vote (08/12)

Members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will go to tribal court in August 23 in hopes of putting a casino vote to the people. Vickie Rangel and two other tribal members asked the...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe adds casino to land-into-trust bid (08/12)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts amended its land-into-trust application to include a new gaming site. The tribe filed the application in August 2007. It originally called for a casino in the town of Middleboro....

Oregon candidates oppose Warm Springs off-reservation plan (08/11)

The two candidates for governor of Oregon oppose the off-reservation casino sought by the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation. Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican Chris Dudley will be able to veto the casino...

City votes to sue Pechanga Band of gaming impact agreement (08/11)

The city council in Temecula, California, voted to sue the Pechanga Band of Luiseńo Indians over a gaming agreement. The deal requires the tribe to pay $2 million a year to Temecula for five years,...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hopeful on Massachusetts gaming (08/11)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is "hopeful" for a compromise on a gaming bill in Massachusetts, Chairman Cedric Cromwell said. The tribe wants to build a casino in the city of Fall River. The plan depends...

Chickasaw Nation enters bid for state-owned casino in Kansas (08/11)

The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma has entered the bidding for a state-owned casino in Kansas. The tribe's Global Gaming Solutions is one of three bidders for the Sumner County casino. Plans call for a 260,000...

Enterprise Rancheria optimistic after BIA action on casino plan (08/10)

The Enterprise Rancheria of California is moving closer to a final decision on its proposed casino. The Bureau of Indian Affairs began the review of the project in May 2005. The draft environmental impact statement...

City plans suit on Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino (08/09)

The city of Glendale, Arizona, plans to sue the Bureau of Indian Affairs in hopes of blocking an off-reservation casino for the Tohono O'odham Nation. Mayor Elaine Scruggs said she is waiting for a notice...

Warm Springs Tribes hail BIA movement on off-reservation casino (08/06)

The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon hailed the release of a final environmental impact statement on a proposed off-reservation casino. The tribe has been waiting for action on the Cascade Locks...

BIA takes action with five gaming and gaming-related applications (08/06)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is making good on its promise to process land-into-trust applications for gaming and gaming-related projects. Today's issue of the Federal Register contains five notices for pending applications. They include a...

Editorial: State's treatment of Mississippi Choctaws disrespectful (08/05)

"Politicizing the Jones County casino issue as Attorney General Jim Hood did at The Neshoba County Fair on Wednesday by insinuating the governor has declared war on the Choctaws is unfortunate. The Mississippi Band of...

Mississippi governor defines meaning of 'casino' in 1992 compact (08/05)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians signed a Class III gaming compact in 1992 and Gov. Haley Barbour (R) is offering a newcomers' interpretation of the deal. The compact doesn't dictate the type of gaming...

Photo shows construction work at Mississippi Choctaw gaming site (08/04)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has apparently begun construction on a controversial casino away from its main reservation. A photo presented by a resident who opposes the casino shows some type of work at...

Editorial: Tohono O'odham Nation mocks voters with bid for casino (08/02)

"About the economic effects of a new tribal-owned mega-casino adjacent to Glendale, we candidly see both good and bad. The resort proposed by the Tohono O'odham Nation at 95th and Northern avenues will hurt some...

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe eager to deal off-reservation casino (07/30)

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is eager to make a deal for an off-reservation casino in South Dakota. The tribe operates the Royal River Casino on its reservation. Most of the market comes from the...

New Mexico candidates hesitant on Pueblo off-reservation casino (07/30)

New Mexico's two gubernatorial candidates haven't taken a position on an off-reservation casino for Jemez Pueblo. If elected, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish (D) said she would wait until the Interior Department moves forward with its...

Cowlitz Tribe still waiting on decision on land-into-trust application (07/30)

It's been over two years since the Bureau of Indian Affairs published a final environmental impact statement in favor of the proposed Cowlitz Tribe casino in Washington. The tribe filed its land-into-trust application shortly after...

Mississippi governor calls for Choctaw Band to vote on new casino (07/30)

Members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians should vote on the tribe's new casino, according to Gov. Haley Barbour (R). Barbour isn't a tribal member -- although he said his great-great-great-uncle was Greenwood LeFlore...

Pokagon Band compact authorizes up to three casinos in Michigan (07/29)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians can open up to three casinos under its Class III gaming compact with the state. The tribe opened the Four Winds Casino in August 2007. A new "satellite" facility...

AG: Lawsuit against Mississippi Choctaw casino could be frivolous (07/29)

A lawsuit that seeks to stop the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians from building a casino could be ruled frivolous, warns Attorney General Jim Hood. Hood researched state law, federal law and the tribal-state Class...

Sokaogon Chippewa Community discussed off-reservation casino (07/28)

The Sokaogon Chippewa Community has been in discussions for an off-reservation casino in Wisconsin, The Sheboygan Press reported. Officials in Sheboygan reached out to the tribe, whose reservation is about 165 miles away. Mayor Bob...

Pokagon Band goes ahead with plans for second Michigan casino (07/28)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians will move forward with plans for a second casino in Michigan. The tribe owns 300 acres in Hartford Township. That's about 50 miles from New Buffalo, where the tribe...

Non-Indian race track against New Mexico off-reservation casino (07/28)

A non-Indian casino in southern New Mexico is opposed to an off-reservation casino for Jemez Pueblo. Sunland Park Casino is about 16 miles from the proposed gaming site. The track says it will lose revenue...

Massachusetts gaming legislation approaches Saturday deadline (07/28)

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are facing a Saturday deadline to pass a bill that will legalize casino-style gaming in the state. The House and the Senate have so far failed to reach an agreement on the...

Editorial: Lawsuit on Mississippi Choctaw casino all about politics (07/28)

"Gov. Haley Barbour has announced that he will go to court to seek to block a proposed gaming development by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians on tribal land in Jones County. Such a lawsuit...

Pokagon Band slated for 'major announcement' on another casino (07/27)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians will announce plans for a second casino in Michigan, The Herald-Palladium reports. The tribe's communications director told the paper to expect a "major announcement" either today or tomorrow. Officials...

Off-reservation casino developer expects a 'complicated process' (07/27)

The backer of an off-reservation casino in New Mexico expects the process to take at least a year. Gerald Peters is helping Jemez Pueblo with a proposed casino in the southern part of the state....

Mississippi governor announces lawsuit over new Choctaw casino (07/27)

Gov. Haley Barbour (R) said he will file a lawsuit to stop the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians from building a new casino. Barbour asked Attorney General Jim Hood to look into the issue. Hood...

BIA reviews off-reservation casino denied by Bush administration (07/26)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is reconsidering an off-reservation casino that was rejected by the Bush administration, The Las Cruces Sun-News reports. Jemez Pueblo submitted a land-into-trust application for a casino in southern New Mexico....

City Leader: Let voters make decision over Guidiville Band casino (07/26)

"The Pt. Molate Casino issue has provoked very passionate and extensive comments on both sides of the issue. After considering carefully the hundreds of very passionate and well-reasoned contacts I have received, I have decided...

BIA will acquire off-reservation parcel for Tohono O'odham Nation (07/26)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs on Friday agreed to acquire an off-reservation parcel for the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona but Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk said the decision does not address the tribe's plans...

Editorial: Law appears to be on side of Mississippi Choctaw casino (07/26)

"Attorney General Jim Hood's office has issued a memorandum that says the state has no "legal cause of action" to block the construction of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indian's casino planned for Jones County....

City approves sale of land for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino (07/23)

The development authority in Fall River, Massachusetts, approved a contract to sell land to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe for a casino. The contract calls for the tribe to pay a total of $21 million for...

Mississippi Choctaw group takes dispute on casino vote to court (07/22)

Three members of theMississippi Band of Choctaw Indians say the tribe should vote on a proposed casino. Vickie Rangel, Austin Tubby and Bobbie Frazier filed a petition for a referendum after the tribal council voted...

City will sell land for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino for $21M (07/22)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will pay $21 million for a gaming site under a contract being proposed by the development authority in Fall River, Massachusetts. The tribe plans to build a casino on 300 acres...

Guidiville Band casino to go before voters in advisory referendum (07/22)

Voters in Richmond, California, will get to to voice their opinion on the casino being proposed by the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians. The November vote will be non-binding. City council members said it was...

Gun Lake Tribe shoots for January 2011 opening of delayed casino (07/21)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, hopes to open its casino in January 2011. The tribe secured a $165 million loan to finish the Gun...

Developer of Guidiville Band casino opposes public vote on project (07/21)

The developer of the casino for the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians says voters in Richmond, California, should not vote on the project. The city council is considering an advisory vote on the $1.2 billion...

Gun Lake Tribe secures $165M loan to finish construction of casino (07/20)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, secured a $165 million loan to finish work on its casino. The tribe broke ground on the Gun Lake Casino...

Iowa governor sought money from groups seeking casino license (07/20)

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver (D) is under investigation for soliciting donations from groups that were bidding for new casino licenses, The Des Moines Register reports. Culver "personally" sought donations from two groups, the paper said....

Town wants Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to make casino payment (07/20)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe no longer plans to build a casino in Middleboro, Massachusetts, but town leaders are still expecting a $250,000 annual payment. The tribe was making the payments under an agreement approved by...

State lawmaker backs Mississippi Choctaws in casino controversy (07/20)

A top lawmaker says the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has a right to build a new casino on its reservation. Rep. Bobby Moak (D) is the chairman of the House Gaming Committee and a...

Pinoleville Pomo Nation disputes lawsuit over casino impact study (07/19)

The Pinoleville Pomo Nation of California says it fired a company that was preparing a tribal environmental impact report on a proposed casino. The tribe was unhappy with KENNEC, a developer said. But not before...

Mississippi AG concludes no way to challenge new Choctaw casino (07/19)

The state can't stop the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians from building a new casino, according to attorney general Jim Hood. Gov. Haley Barbour (R) has threatened legal action against the casino. But Hood said...

Mississippi governor asks NIGC to block work on Choctaw facility (07/16)

The National Indian Gaming Commission is being asked to stop the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians from building a new casino. Gov. Haley Barbour (R) said the tribe has not informed the NIGC of its...

Editorial: Stop monkeying with Mechoopda Tribe over casino plan (07/15)

"Our view: When important land-use issues are decided in a federal court in Washington rather than locally, our citizens lose. Drop the lawsuits and start talking. We've heard many governments complain over the years about...

Mechoopda Tribe weighs move after losing gaming land decision (07/14)

The Mechoopda Tribe of California is considering its next move after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals put a halt to its gaming plans. The tribe wants to build a casino on a 645-acre site...

Editorial: Community supports Little River off-reservation casino (07/14)

"If Friday’s display of support for a proposed tribal casino in Muskegon County can’t move the project forward, nothing can. An amendment to the Little River Band’s casino compact, which would allow the tribe to...

Guidiville Band prepared to start with Class II at Bay Area casino (07/14)

The Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians is prepared to open a Class II facility in the Bay Area if the state of California won't negotiate a Class III gaming compact. The tribe wants to build...

Company sues Pinoleville Pomo Nation over casino impact study (07/14)

KENNEC has sued the Pinoleville Pomo Nation of California for allegedly failing to pay for the tribal environmental impact report on a proposed casino. KENNEC says it is owed nearly $162,000 for the report, which...

Massachusetts governor eyes compromise on casino legislation (07/14)

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) said he was worried that a gaming bill won't make it to his desk this year. Patrick supports casino resorts but lawmakers have yet to agree on a final bill....

State officials send another letter on Mississippi Choctaw casino (07/14)

Gov. Haley Barbour (R) and six other state officials sent a letter to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in opposition to the tribe's casino. Barbour, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, State Auditor Stacey Pickering, Secretary...

Mississippi Choctaws discuss Class II facility with local officials (07/13)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is stepping up plans for a Class II facility away from the main reservation. Tribal representatives met with officials in Jones County on Monday to potential impacts of the...

Turtle Mountain tribal members hope to develop Class II facility (07/13)

Members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians who live in a community away from the main reservation hope to develop a Class II facility in order to fund critical programs. The Trenton Indian...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe adds new site to land-into-trust bid (07/13)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts will amend its pending land-into-trust application to include a new gaming site, The Brockton Enterprise reports. The tribe filed the application in August 2007. It proposed 540 acres in...

Large turnout at hearing over Little River off-reservation casino (07/12)

More than 150 people attended a hearing on the off-reservation casino sought by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians of Michigan. According to The Muskegon Chronicle, the overwhelming majority of speakers and attendees...

Plans change for New York tribes in off-reservation casino quest (07/12)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe isn't the only one whose plans for an off-reservation casino in the Catskills have changed. The Mohawks cut ties Empire Resorts after failing to reach an agreement for a land...

Column: Mississippi Choctaw casino bid heads toward litigation (07/12)

"With opposition organizing and expanding in Jones County, the proposed expansion of Choctaw tribal gaming onto the Bogue Homa reservation near Sandersville by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians continues to draw political heat that...

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe splits from off-reservation casino partner (07/09)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has cut ties with Empire Resorts for an off-reservation casino in the Catskills region of New York. The tribe said it was unable to reach an agreement to purchase a...

Little River Band off-reservation casino goes for another hearing (07/08)

The off-reservation casino proposed by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians of Michigan is up for another hearing on Friday. The tribe negotiated amendments to its Class III gaming compact to authorize the casino....

Mississippi Choctaw election commission denies vote on casino (07/08)

The election commission of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians rejected a petition to hold a referendum on a proposed tribal casino. The commission said three tribal members did not file the petition properly. It's...

County approves resolution against Mississippi Choctaw casino (07/07)

The board of supervisors in Jones County voted 3-2 to oppose the new Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians casino. Citizens urged the board to oppose the project. They said it will harm the local community....

City backing for Guidiville Band casino not expected until 2011 (07/07)

The Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians still has a long way to go in its quest for a casino in Richmond, California. The tribe plans to build the $1.2 billion Point Molate Resort at the...

Little River Band blasts tribes for off-reservation casino battle (07/06)

The Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee held a hearing on Friday to consider the off-reservation casino sought by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The tribe wants to build a casino at a former...

Wyandotte Nation confident for second out-of-state casino bid (07/02)

The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma is expecting movement from the Obama administration on its bid for a second casino in Kansas. The tribe already operates a Class II facility in downtown Kansas City. The property...

New York tribes haven't submitted off-reservation gaming bids (07/01)

In a June 18 memo, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told the Bureau of Indian Affairs to move forward with nine off-reservation gaming applications but none are for casinos in New York, according to The Middletown...

Mississippi Choctaw election commission considers casino vote (07/01)

The election commission of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is considering a petition to hold a referendum on a proposed tribal casino. The commission met Monday and Tuesday to discuss the petition, The Neshoba...

Menominee Nation looks for change on off-reservation gaming (06/30)

The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin isn't covered by an off-reservation gaming memo from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, an attorney for the tribe said. The tribe plans to build an off-reservation casino in Kenosha. The...

City hasn't heard from Eastern Shawnee Tribe on casino plans (06/30)

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma hasn't been in contact with the city of Monroe, Ohio, about a casino, officials said. The tribe had options for several parcels in the city. But some of them...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hopeful on casino land application (06/30)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts said a memo from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar paves the way for consideration of its land-into-trust application. The tribe has two pending applications. Both involve gaming. The applications fell...

Pinoleville Pomo Nation releases impact report for casino plan (06/29)

The Pinoleville Pomo Nation of California released a draft tribal environmental impact report for its proposed casino. The tribe plans a 90,000-square-foot casino, a 72,100-square-foot hotel and a five-level parking garage. The facility will be...

BIA official warns of rejection for off-reservation gaming pact (06/28)

It looks like the Bureau of Indian Affairs is sticking to a Bush-era policy regarding Class III gaming compacts for off-reservation casino sites. In 2005, the Bush administration said it would disapprove compacts that refer...

County waits for ruling in case against Mechoopda Tribe casino (06/28)

Officials in Butte County, California, are waiting for a decision in their lawsuit that seeks to stop the Mechoopda Tribe from building a casino. The county sued the National Indian Gaming Commission for issuing...

Column: Governor threatens Mississippi Choctaws over casino (06/28)

"Now comes the modern day Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians with a plan to build a small casino on tribal property in Jones County near Sandersville. Local opposition has come on several fronts - all...

Mohegan Tribe waits to finalize casino plans in Massachusetts (06/25)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut won't finalize plans for a casino in Massachusetts until lawmakers settle on a gaming bill, an executive said. The tribe wants to build a casino in Palmer, in the western...

Burns Paiute Tribe weighs locations for off-reservation casino (06/25)

The Burns Paiute Tribe of Oregon is narrowing down locations for a proposed off-reservation casino. Diane Teeman, the chairman of the Burns-Paiute Ontario Development Corporation, said eight sites are being considered. The tribe wants to...

Editorial: Mississippi Choctaws go 'low-rent' with casino plan (06/25)

"Haley Barbour is on target with his effort to deter the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians from its planned expansion of casino gaming into Jones County. It’s not just that the residents of Jones County...

Mississippi Choctaw members seek referendum on casino bid (06/24)

Three members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians want the tribe to hold a referendum on its new casino plan. The tribal council voted 8-7 to move forward with the casino near Sandersville, in...

Massachusetts lawmakers to consider casino resort measure (06/23)

The Massachusetts Senate is set to begin debate on a bill [Summary | Full Text] to authorize three casino resorts. The bill does not include a tribal preference. It requires a tribal applicant for a...

Work begins on casino in Iowa opposed by South Dakota tribe (06/23)

Construction begins today on a $120 million casino in Iowa, just a few miles from the South Dakota border. The developers of the Lyon County Casino received approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...

Mississippi governor promises legal action on Choctaw casino (06/23)

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) said he will pursue legal action to stop the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians from building a casino away from its main reservation. In a letter, Barbour said the casino...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe offered compromise on casino bid (06/22)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe offered leaders in Massachusetts a compromise casino plan, Chairman Cedric Cromwell said. The tribe would first open a commercial casino through a bill approved by the legislature. When land-into-trust issues were...

Massachusetts gaming bill forces tribes to follow state laws (06/21)

A bill filed in the Massachusetts Senate [Summary | Full Text] contains a number of provisions that appear to be unfavorable to the two federally recognized tribes in the state. First, the bill does not...

State official questions Mississippi Choctaw casino compact (06/21)

State Auditor Stacey Pickering claims to be looking into the gaming compact signed by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in 1992. The agreement was signed by the governor and approved by the Bureau...

Gun Lake Tribe won't give opening date for casino underway (06/18)

The Match-E-Be-Nash- She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, won't give an opening date for its casino, a spokesperson said. The tribe broke ground on the Gun...

Unions seek investigation into rejection of Menominee casino (06/17)

Two labor unions are calling on the federal government to investigate why the Menominee Nation off-reservation casino in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was rejected. The Bureau of Indian Affairs rejected the tribe's land-into-trust application in the final...

Gun Lake Tribe negotiates big loan to complete casino work (06/17)

The Match-E-Be-Nash- She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, is negotiating a $160 million loan to complete work on its casino, The Detroit News reports. The tribe has...

New York governor works with Shinnecock Nation on casino (06/16)

New York Gov. David Paterson (D) said he will work with the Shinnecock Nation on a casino, essentially opening the door for the newly recognized tribe to consider a wide range of lucrative sites....

North Fork Rancheria casino land set for bankruptcy auction (06/16)

The site where the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California wants to build a casino is up for auction as part of a bankruptcy case. The tribe entered into a contract with...

Hearing for Little River Band off-reservation casino delayed (06/15)

A hearing on the off-reservation casino sought by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians has been delayed. The Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee held an initial hearing on the project on May 26. Additional...

New governor for South Dakota might bring shift on gaming (06/14)

South Dakota tribes might see a shift in gaming under a new governor. Republican candidate Dennis Daugaard said he will work with tribes if they want to renegotiate their Class III compacts. That's something the...

Editorial: Local input needed for Mississippi Choctaw casino (06/14)

"By comparison to the opulent, Las Vegas quality casinos it operates in Neshoba County, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians appears to be expanding its gaming operations into the Jones County community of Sandersville relatively...

Mississippi governor plans to fight proposed Choctaw casino (06/11)

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) says the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians shouldn't build a casino away from its main reservation. The tribe plans a 27,000 square-foot facility near Sandersville, in Jones County. The site...

Eastern Shawnee Tribe not actively pursuing an Ohio casino (06/11)

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma is interested in Ohio but is not actively pursuing a casino at this time, Chief Glenna Wallace said. "Those are our homelands and of course we're interested,'' Wallace told...

Massachusetts governor not bothered by rival tribal casino (06/10)

Massachusetts is home to two federally-recognized tribes but Gov. Deval Patrick (D) believes only one of them will get to open a casino, a top aide said. The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe and the Mashpee Wampanoag...

Menominee Nation casino documents provided to rival tribe (06/10)

The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin says documents related to its off-reservation casino bid were provided to a rival tribe. The Menominees repeatedly asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs for documents that favored the Kenosha casino,...

Editorial: Don't delay Little River Band off-reservation casino (06/09)

"Lawmakers need to wrap up the hearing on a request for a tribal casino in Muskegon by moving the resolution to the House floor for a vote. That’s where the resolution should have gone in...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe asserts reservation casino rights (06/09)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts says it has a right to build a casino on its reservation on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Congress set aside a reservation for the tribe through the...

City hasn't taken official stance on Burns Paiute Tribe casino (06/09)

The city council in Ontario, Oregon, passed a resolution that encourages the Burns Paiute Tribe to pursue economic development projects in the area. But the resolution said the city hasn't taken an official stance on...

Mississippi Choctaw leaders back casino off main reservation (06/09)

Leaders of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians approved plans for a casino away from the tribe's main reservation. The tribe plans a 27,000 square-foot facility near Sandersville, in Jones County. The site is about...

Wampanoag tribes make case for casinos in Massachusetts (06/08)

The chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will testify at a hearing today on a bill to legalize casinos in Massachusetts while the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe will unveil plans for its casino. Mashpee Chairman Cedric...

Appeals court rejects lawsuit over Graton Rancheria casino (06/07)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit that was aimed at stopping the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria from opening a casino in California. In an unpublished opinion, the court said a group...

Burns Paiute Tribe in discussions for off-reservation casino (06/04)

The Burns Paiute Tribe of Oregon is reviving plans for an off-reservation casino. The tribe started the land-into-trust process for a casino in Ontario in 2006. But the Bush administration stopped work on the application,...

Massachusetts governor addresses Wampanoag casino bid (06/02)

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) continues to support the legalization of casinos in the state but says it might be a while before the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gets into the game. Lawmakers have yet...

Another hearing scheduled on Little River Band casino plan (05/31)

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians plans to spend $100 million to build an off-reservation casino in Michigan. The casino will feature 1,700 slot machines, 30 table games and a hotel with up to...

Editorial: Playing the odds on Mashpee Wampanoag casino (05/28)

"Perhaps it’s good that Fall River might some day host a casino. Maybe when city leaders can gamble with their own money, they won’t risk the whole city’s well-being. When Mayor Will Flanagan announced his...

Little River Band defends off-reservation casino at hearing (05/27)

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians defended plans for an off-reservation casino amid criticism from other Michigan tribes. The Little River Band wants to open a casino at a former racetrack in Fruitport Township....

City approves sale of land for Mashpee Wampanoag casino (05/27)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will buy 300 acres from Fall River, Massachusetts, for $21 million under a deal approved by a city agency. The tribe plans to use the land for a resort. The facility...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe presents casino project to city (05/25)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wants to build a casino and housing on 240 acres in the city of Fall River, Massachusetts. But city officials said the plan wasn't feasible due to the proposed location. They...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to present another casino plan (05/24)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wants to build a casino in the city of Fall River, Massachusetts, where the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe also wants a casino. The Aquinnahs say their proposal won't require the city to...

Letter: Mississippi Choctaws look out for their communities (05/24)

"[State Auditor] Stacey Pickering has stated on the media the secrecy of the Choctaws regarding the possibility of a casino being built in Jones County as well as how the county provides police and fire...

Letter: Mississippi Choctaw casino will hurt local community (05/21)

"I live in Jones County about three miles from the Bogue Homa Reservation. The Indians struggle with the same problems the community does, improving our lives, jobs and a better place for our children to...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe commissions poll on new casino (05/21)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe says a poll shows support for its proposed casino in the city of Fall River, Massachusetts. According to the poll, 59 percent of respondents support the casino. Another 35 percent said...

Cloverdale Rancheria insists casino on track amid land issue (05/21)

The Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians says it is still working with Sealaska on a casino project even though the Alaska Native corporation has defaulted on a land deal. A Sealaska subsidiary agreed to...

Town weighs options on Mashpee Wampanoag gaming deal (05/20)

Leaders in the town of Middleboro, Massachusetts, intend to invoke a dispute resolution clause in the casino agreement with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The clause apparently requires the town and the tribe to sit down...

Mississippi Choctaw council delays vote on casino proposal (05/20)

The tribal council of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians met on Wednesday to consider a casino away from the main reservation. The council did not vote on the casino as anticipated. They said they...

Church groups line up to oppose Mississippi Choctaw casino (05/19)

Baptist church leaders are urging residents of Jones County to fight a potential Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians casino. The churches say gambling is evil and destructive. "Gambling has been and is always wrong,” Allen...

City extends discussions for casino deal with Guidiville Band (05/19)

The city council in Richmond, California, voted 4-2 to extend negotiations for a casino deal with the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians. The city has until April 2011 to sell the Point Molate Naval Fuel...

Hearing scheduled in Tohono O'odham Nation casino lawsuit (05/19)

Judge John Bates has scheduled a hearing in Tohono O'odham Nation v. Salazar. The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona filed a lawsuit against the Interior Department in hopes of forcing a decision on its land-into-trust...

City council members against Mashpee Wampanoag casino (05/19)

Four of the nine members of the city council in Fall River, Massachusetts, have filed a resolution against the proposed Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino. The casino deal involves the tribe buying a 300-acre site that...

Editorial: Mashpee Wampanoag casino far from a done deal (05/19)

"Don't make the mistake of thinking the Fall River casino is a done deal — far from it. Mayor Will Flanagan, the Mashpee Wampanoags and their investors might know what they want, but pesky things...

Former South Dakota governor calls for casino competition (05/18)

Former South Dakota governor Bill Janklow doesn't think the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe should be the only one in the game for a casino. The tribe is proposing an off-reservation casino near Sioux Falls to...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe switches location for casino bid (05/18)

As anticipated, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announced plans to build a casino in Fall River, Massachusetts. The tribe plans a $500 million resort on a 300-acre site in the city. The project would be...

City hopes to negotiate casino agreement with three tribes (05/17)

The tribes haven't made an official announcement but leaders in Beloit, Wisconsin, are hoping for a three-way off-reservation casino deal. The city council is meeting today to discuss a potential deal that would involve the...

Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe announces new casino location (05/17)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts has chosen a new location for its proposed casino. The tribe entered into a deal with the town of Fall River. A press conference is scheduled for this afternoon....

Gila River Tribe seeks to join Tohono O'odham casino lawsuit (05/17)

The Gila River Indian Community is opposing the off-reservation casino sought by the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona. The Gila River Tribe says the proposed casino would encroach on its aboriginal territory. The Tohono O'odham...

Ohio governor won't negotiate compact with Delaware Tribe (05/17)

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) isn't interested in discussing a casino with the Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma, a spokesperson said. Voters have already approved four casinos in the state. But Strickland won't entertain any offers...

Iowa backs casino opposed by Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe (05/14)

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission voted 5-0 to approve a casino near the South Dakota border. The $120 million facility in Lyon County would draw gamblers from the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, area....

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe negotiates for a new casino site (05/14)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is in talks to buy land in Fall River, Massachusetts, for a casino. The tribe wouldn't comment but a state lawmaker told The Brockton Enterprise that negotiations are underway. That would...

Three tribes in Wisconsin planning for off-reservation casino (05/14)

It looks like three tribes are joining forces for an off-reservation casino in Beloit, Wisconsin. The St. Croix Chippewa Tribe and the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians initially worked together for the...

Court won't hear appeal over Scotts Valley Band casino deal (05/13)

The California Supreme Court declined to a hear a case that challenges a casino agreement between the city of Richmond and the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians. The city agreed to provide municipal services...

Bill targeting Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino dead (05/12)

A bill that sought to stop the Tohono O'odham Nation from pursuing an off-reservation casino died in the Arizona Legislature. The bill allowed any municipality to annex land owned by a tribe without tribal consent....

Town presses Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe about casino bid (05/12)

Leaders in the town of Middleboro, Massachusetts, haven't heard from the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe since asking about casino plans three weeks ago. The selectmen plan to send another letter to the tribe. They want to...

Mississippi Choctaw tribal council to vote on casino plans (05/07)

Leaders of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will vote May 14 on a casino away from the main reservation, The Laurel Leader-Call reported. The tribe is considering a $17 million, 27,000 square-foot casino near...

City won't repeal resolution against Cowlitz Tribe's casino (05/06)

The city council in La Center, Washington, won't repeal a resolution against the proposed Cowlitz Tribe casino. The city passed the resolution in May 2007. It lists 10 concerns about the Cowlitz Casino Resort....

Mississippi Choctaws planning casino off main reservation (05/05)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is planning a small casino away from its main reservation, according to news reports. The tribe has already begun work at the site, located on the Bogue Homa Reservation...

Charges filed over accident that injured Cowlitz developer (05/03)

A woman faces criminal charges for an accident that injured David Barnett, a member of the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington who is helping his tribe develop a gaming facility. Sarah S. Rutyne, who is reported...

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe asks for study of casino site (05/03)

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota says a proposed casino just across the border in Iowa could harm sacred sites. The proposed Larchwood casino is near Blood Run, a significant village and inter-tribal...

NewTimes: Broken promises and Tohono O'odham casino (04/30)

"Albert Manuel walks through the desert near Gila Bend, reminiscing about the days when Indian villages sprawled across the landscape. He grew up in this southwestern desert, played under its mesquite trees, and hunted quail...

Meskwaki Tribe opposes proposed casino in home county (04/28)

The Meskwaki Tribe is opposing a state license for a casino in Tama County. The tribe operates the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel and is the largest employer in the county. Signature Management is proposing a...

Anti-casino group says more oppose Guidiville Band plan (04/27)

A group called Stop the Mega Casino says more and more people are opposing the casino sought by the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians. The group released a poll that says 48 percent oppose $1.2...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe asked for public casino talks (04/22)

Leaders in the town of Middleboro, Massachusetts, won't meet in private with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to discuss a casino. The tribe asked for a private meeting after attorneys for both sides met yesterday. But...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to discuss casino with town (04/21)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will meet with the town of Middleboro, Massachusetts, today to discuss the future of a casino project. The tribe reached an agreement to build a $1 billion resort in the town....

Station Casinos to accept bids on tribal gaming projects (04/21)

As part of its bankruptcy plan, Station Casinos will entertain bids on its tribal gaming projects. Station Casinos has entered into gaming management contracts with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria of California, also known...

City might repeal resolution against Cowlitz casino plan (04/21)

The city council in La Center, Washington, might repeal a resolution against the proposed Cowlitz Tribe casino. But Mayor Jim Irish said repealing the resolution doesn't mean the city supports the Cowlitz Casino Resort. He...

City wants casino talk with Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe (04/20)

The city council in Fall River, Massachusetts, wants to meet with the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to discuss gaming. The tribe has reportedly scouted sites in the city. The idea would be to pursue a license...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces hurdles for casino bid (04/16)

When the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts filed its land-into-trust application for a casino in August 2007, tribal leaders predicted it would take 18 months for the Bureau of Indian Affairs to make a decision....

Debate: Flandreau Santee Sioux off-reservation casino (04/16)

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and a group of business leaders are proposing an off-reservation casino near Sioux Falls, South Dakota.. The goal is to counteract a casino being proposed just across the border in...

Investor not worried about tribal off-reservation casino (04/15)

The developer of a proposed casino in Lyon County, Iowa, isn't worried about a rival project from the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Dan Kehl, the chief executive of Kehl Management, believes the...

Candidates respond to Flandreau off-reservation casino (04/14)

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader asked the candidates for governor of South Dakota about a proposed off-reservation casino. Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe would need the approval of the...

Bill introduced on Little River Band off-reservation casino (04/14)

A bill to approve an off-reservation casino for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is expected to move quickly through the Michigan Legislature. The bill endorses amendments to the tribe's Class III compact to...

Accident involving Cowlitz casino developer tied to drugs (04/13)

An accident that seriously injured David Barnett, a member of the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington who is helping his tribe develop a gaming facility, was linked to drug use, The Columbian reports. Barnett, 49, was...

Bill that targets Tohono O'odham Nation casino advances (04/13)

A bill that seeks to stop the Tohono O'odham Nation from pursuing an off-reservation casino is set for a final vote in the Arizona House. SB1109 includes language that allows the city of Glendale to...

Osage Nation casinos threatened by recent court decision (04/12)

In a recent tax case filed by the Osage Nation of Oklahoma, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Osage Reservation did not exist, a ruling that could affect the tribe's gaming...

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe eyes off-reservation casino (04/12)

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and a group of investors are proposing an off-reservation casino near Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The group hopes to counteract a proposed casino just across the border in Iowa. But...

Kansas governor denies delay for casino by Wyandotte site (04/09)

Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson (D) rejected a fourth request to delay a state-owned casino that developers fear would be hurt by a tribal gaming facility. The Chisholm Creek Casino Resort won a license from the...

Bill against Tohono O'odham Nation casino back on agenda (04/08)

Lawmakers in the Arizona House are trying to revive a bill that seeks to prevent the Tohono O'odham Nation from pursuing an off-reservation casino. The House passed HB2297 in late March. But the president of...

Poll backs Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino (04/02)

A poll commissioned by the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona shows support for a controversial off-reservation casino. The tribe said 68 percent of respondents support the project. Only 24 percent said they opposed it. “The...

Gila River Tribe slams Tohono O'odham off-reservation bid (04/01)

The Gila River Indian Community is funding radio advertisements that criticize the Tohono O'odham Nation for seeking an off-reservation casino. The ads accuse the Tohono O'odham Nation of being "greedy" and of trying to "pull...

Reports say casino can compete with Wyandotte Nation (03/31)

Reports commissioned by the state of Kansas say a commercial casino will be able to compete with the proposed Wyandotte Nation casino but only if it offers enough amenities. The Chisholm Creek Casino Resort won...

Town waiting on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino plan (03/31)

Leaders in Middleboro, Massachusetts, are still waiting to hear whether the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe intends to build a casino in the town. The tribe entered into a gaming agreement with the town in 2007. But...

Judge won't let Seneca Nation intervene in gaming case (03/31)

A federal judge won't let the Seneca Nation intervene in a lawsuit that challenges its off-reservation casino in Buffalo, New York. In a decision issued yesterday, Judge William Skretny said the tribe waited too long...

City says signs attacking Guidiville Band casino are illegal (03/30)

Officials in Richmond, California, say an anti-casino group posted illegal signs all across the city. Stop the Mega Casino acknowledged it is behind the signs that call on city council members to reject a casino...

Tohono O'odham Nation hails end to anti-casino measure (03/30)

A bill that aimed to prevent the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona from pursuing an off-reservation casino appears dead for now. Chairman Ned Norris Jr. acknowledged Arizona Senate President Bob Burns (R) for killing HB2297....

Lawmaker halts bill that targeted Tohono O'odham casino (03/29)

A bill that seeks to prevent the Tohono O'odham Nation from pursuing an off-reservation casino has been killed, Capitol Media Services reports. Arizona House passed HB2297 with the minimum number of votes. But it won't...

Editorial: Support Little River Band off-reservation casino (03/29)

"It’s becoming more of a sure bet Muskegon County will see construction of a casino in its near future. With the governor’s approval of amendments to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians’ tribal compact...

Editorial: Casino foes seek to steal Tohono O'odham land (03/24)

"A southeastern Arizona Indian tribe has a lot of power arrayed against its efforts to establish a casino, mostly because of where it would be located. The Tohono O'odham Nation is primarily located in Pima...

Little River Band wins support for two casino agreements (03/23)

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians of Michigan won approval of two service agreements for its proposed off-reservation casino. The tribe plans to convert an old racetrack into a casino. The agreements, which were...

Tohono O'odham Nation sues over off-reservation casino (03/23)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona filed suit against the Obama administration in hopes of forcing the Interior Department to make a decision on an off-reservation casino. The tribe wants 134 acres in Glendale placed...

Little River Band signs compact for off-reservation casino (03/22)

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) signed new compact amendments for an off-reservation casino. The amendments allow the tribe to pursue a casino at a former racetrack in...

Tohono O'odham Nation slams bill targeting casino bid (03/18)

The Tohono O'odham Nation slammed the Arizona House for approving HB2297, a bill that seeks to prevent the tribe from pursuing an off-reservation casino. The tribe called the bill illegal because it allows the city...

Mayor against Guidiville Band off-reservation casino bid (03/17)

The mayor of Richmond, California, says the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians will bring "more crime, robbery, drugs, domestic violence, prostitution and of course, gambling addictions" to the city with an off-reservation casino. Mayor Gayle...

Vote planned on bill targeting Tohono O'odham casino (03/16)

The Arizona House is expected to vote tomorrow on HB2297, a bill that seeks to prevent the Tohono O'odham Nation from developing an off-reservation casino. The bill allows municipalities to annex fee land owned by...

Tohono O'odham Nation loses ruling in gaming site case (03/12)

The city of Glendale, Arizona, annexed some of the land that the Tohono O'odham Nation wants to use for an off-reservation casino, a judge ruled on Thursday. The tribe plans to build the $550 million...

NCAI joins Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino fight (03/09)

The National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution last week that opposes HB2297, a bill that seeks to prevent the Tohono O'odham Nation from developing an off-reservation casino in Arizona. NCAI said the bill...

Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino bid still at BIA (03/08)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs still hasn't decided whether to approve an off-reservation casino for the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona. The tribe wants to build the $550 million West Valley Resort on unincorporated land...

Editorial: Wyandotte casino bid bad for the community (03/04)

"Kansas' casino review board was just being cautious Wednesday in asking for more time and information before it makes a decision on the proposed Chisholm Creek Casino Resort near Mulvane. Real questions remain about how...

City continues negotiations over Guidiville Band casino (03/03)

The city council in Richmond, California, continues to negotiate with the developers of a casino for the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians. The city plans to sell the old Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot for...

Bill affects Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino bid (02/26)

The Arizona House gave preliminary approval to HB2297, a bill that seeks to prevent the Tohono O'odham Nation from developing an off-reservation casino. The bill allows a city or town to annex territory "if the...

Court upholds city's deal for Scotts Valley Band casino (02/26)

A California Court of Appeal rejected a challenge to a casino agreement between the city of Richmond and the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians. The city agreed to provide municipal services to the tribe's...

Scotts Valley Band hopes for casino approval this year (02/25)

A public rally hasn't convinced the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians of California to change locations for a casino. The tribe is sticking to a site about 100 miles from its headquarters."We continue to...

Opinion: Allow public vote on Graton Rancheria casino (02/25)

"Petaluma voters approved Measure H, which I also authored, to oppose a proposed casino just south of Petaluma, by a vote of 79 percent “yes” to 21 percent “no.” That casino proposal quickly derailed. Bottom...

Town wants deadline for Mashpee Wampanoag casino (02/25)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is being pressed to commit to a deadline for a proposed casino in Middleboro, Massachusetts. In 2007, the tribe finalized an agreement to build a casino in the town. But tribal...

Town wants Mashpee Wampanoag casino assurance (02/24)

Leaders in Middleboro, Massachusetts, wants to know if the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe plan to build a casino in the town. The tribe signed a deal to host the casino in the town. But tribal leaders...

Gila River Chair: Off-reservation casino breaks deal (02/23)

"In 2003, the Tohono O'Odham Nation of southern Arizona used a dummy corporation to buy land in Glendale, more than 150 miles north of their government seat. Last year, this tribe petitioned the federal government...

Scotts Valley Band urged on casino closer to home (02/22)

Some members of the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians of California are trying to convince their tribe to open a casino closer to home. The tribe has proposed a casino in Richmond, about...

Wyandotte Nation awaits action on Kansas casino (02/22)

The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma could finally see action on its off-reservation casino in Kansas, Second Chief Billy Friend said. Friend said the Bureau of Indian Affairs might make a decision within 30 days. If...

Editorial: Apologize for attack on leader's ancestry (02/22)

"There's plenty to debate about the casino plans of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Critics have asked legitimate questions about traffic and potential environmental impacts of a hotel and casino wedged between Rohnert...

Mashantucket Tribe keeps interest in Kansas bid (02/19)

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut is still a part of a deal to operate a state-owned casino near Wichita, Kansas. The tribe "retains an economic interest" in the Chisholm Creek Casino Resort, The...

Former Scotts Valley chairman rallies for casino (02/19)

Les Miller, a former chairman of the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians of California, wants his tribe to consider a new site for a casino. Miller is leading a rally tonight in hopes of...

Kansas casino deal tied to Wyandotte Nation plans (02/18)

The Kansas Lottery approved a contract for a state-owned casino on Wednesday that depends on plans by the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma. The tribe wants to use 10 acres in Park City for an off-reservation...

Another lawsuit challenges Buena Vista casino plans (02/16)

The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California is facing another lawsuit over its casino plans. The tribe was restored to federal recognition in 1983. But a group called Friends of Amador County says...

Group files suit over Buena Vista Rancheria casino (02/12)

An anti-casino group called Friends of Amador County says the Buena Vista Rancheria of Mewuk Indians of California can't use its original reservation for gaming. The group says the people who occupied the 67-acre site...

Claim: All California tribes could seek urban casinos (02/12)

The New York Times says all 109 federally-recognized tribes in California could try to open casinos in urban or off-reservation areas despite a lack of strong evidence for that claim. The paper reports on...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe not set on gaming site (02/12)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is apparently not set on building a casino in the town of Middleboro, Massachusetts, even though it already filed a land-into-trust application for the site. Chairman Cedric Cromwell issued a statement...

Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe wants to discuss casino (02/11)

The Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe is inviting tribal, state and federal officials to its powwow in March to discuss rumored plans for a casino on the Watuppa Reservation in Massachusetts. But Chairman George Spring Buffalo doesn't...

Anti-casino group challenges tribal chair's ancestry (02/11)

A group called the Stop the Casino 101 Coalition says the leader of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria is not Indian. The group claims Greg Sarris, who turns 58 this week, is of...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe cutting casino backers (02/10)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is reportedly looking to end ties with some of its investors. A group called AtMashpee invested more than $25 million in the tribe and its federal recognition bid from...

Appeals filed on Mohawk off-reservation casino vote (02/09)

Four appeals have been filed over the recent off-reservation casino referendum held by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York. Tribal members backed a casino in the Catskills by a 538-371 vote. A prior...

Navajo Nation moves forward with plans for casino (02/09)

The Navajo Nation is moving forward with plans for a second casino. The new casino would be located in Upper Fruitland, near Farmington, New Mexico. The facility is expected to cost between $70 million...

Massachusetts tribes eye sites for possible casinos (02/08)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe are reportedly looking for places to build a casino but another Massachusetts tribe wants them to stay away. The two tribes are said to be...

Arizona city open to off-reservation casino with tribe (02/05)

Leaders in the city of Surprise, Arizona, are open to hosting an off-reservation casino for a tribe. The city doesn't have a tribe in mind but wants to reach out. One possibility could be the...

Wyandotte Nation awaits off-reservation casino ruling (02/05)

Approval of an off-reservation casino for the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma is "imminent," a tribal official said. The tribe wants to 10.5 acres near Park City, Kansas, for a casino. But the Bureau of Indian...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe said to claim gaming site (02/04)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is said to have identified a new site for a casino in Massachusetts but a state-recognized tribe is raising objections. According to leaders of the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe, the Mashpees are...

Wampanoag tribes scout for potential casino locations (02/03)

The two federally recognized tribes in Massachusetts are looking a new sites for potential casinos. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe already signed a casino agreement with the town of Middleboro and submitted a land-into-trust application for...

Bill targets Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino bid (02/03)

A bill in the Arizona Legislature aims to stop the Tohono O'odham Nation from moving forward with an off-reservation casino. The tribe plans to build the $550 million West Valley Resort on a 100-acre site...

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe waits for Obama gaming policy (02/02)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York won't start negotiating a deal for an off-reservation casino until the Obama administration clarifies its gaming policy, The Middletown Times Herald-Record reports. The Bush administration rejected the...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe jumping into casino game (02/02)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is looking at locations for a potential casino, The New Bedford Standard-Times reports. The tribe wants to talk to officials in Fall River and in Freetown about possible sites....

St. Regis Mohawk voters support off-reservation casino (02/01)

Members of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York voted 538-371 in favor of an off-reservation casino in the Catskills. The tribe held a referendum on Saturday to ask members about the project. A...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe looks at new casino host (01/29)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is considering another location for its casino, The Cape Cod Times reports. The tribe has been looking at sites in Fall River, according to the paper. The mayor welcomed...

Opinion: Off-reservation casino bad deal for Mohawk (01/28)

"I read the guest editorial from the chiefs in this past week's Indian Time. The argument was for the Sullivan County casino referendum on Saturday. For those of us who did not keep up, the...

Tohono O'odham Nation 'more committed' to casino (01/28)

Even as opposition mounts, the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona is sticking to plans for an off-reservation casino. Chairman Ned Norris Jr. said he isn't surprised by controversy over the $550 million West Valley Resort....

Mashantucket casino in Pennsylvania hit for delays (01/28)

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut faces thousands of dollars in fines and could lose its gaming license for delays associated with the Foxwoods Casino Philadelphia. The tribe and its partners still haven't...

Sen. Kyl voices opposition to Tohono O'odham casino (01/27)

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) joined opposition to the casino sought by the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona. In a press release, Kyl said he is worried about the impact of the $550 million resort on...

Pinoleville Pomo Nation to start casino work next year (01/27)

After winning state approval of its Class III gaming compact, Pinoleville Pomo Nation of California expects to start construction on its first casino next year. The tribe plans a $50 million, 90,000 square-foot casino...

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe to vote on off-reservation bid (01/26)

Members of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York go to the polls on Saturday to consider an off-reservation casino. The tribe has held a series of public meetings to discuss the proposed casino...

Pinoleville Pomo Nation wins approval of gaming deal (01/26)

The California Assembly voted 54-1 in favor of a Class III gaming compact with the Pinoleville Pomo Nation. The tribe plans a casino with up to 900 slot machines. Groundbreaking is expected to take place...

Nelson Pinola: Bay Area casino threatens sovereignty (01/25)

"The Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians, a Mendocino County Pomo tribe like ours, is attempting to obtain land in trust for gaming at Point Molate, Contra Costa County, in the heart of the urban San...

McCain joins opposition to off-reservation casino bid (01/21)

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said he opposes the off-reservation casino sought by the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona. McCain told The Arizona Republic in an e-mail that...

Tohono O'odham Nation won't drop off-reservation bid (01/20)

The Tohono O'odham Nation won't drop plans for an off-reservation casino, Chairman Ned Norris Jr. said. The tribe wants to build a $550 million resort near Glendale. The gaming site was acquired through a land...

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe set for a second vote on casino (01/20)

Members of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York will go to the polls next week to consider an off-reservation casino. In November, tribal members rejected the idea. But the tribe scheduled another vote...

Manchester-Point Arena Band opposes Bay Area casino (01/20)

The Manchester-Point Arena Band of Pomo Indians is opposing plans by another Pomo tribe for a casino in the Bay Area of California. The Manchester-Point Arena Band says the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians can't...

Sen. Gillibrand places Oneida Nation casino in wrong city (01/19)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) supports on-reservation and off-reservation gaming in New York but she got the location of the Oneida Nation casino wrong in a recent public appearance. Gillibrand said the Turning Stone Resort...

Scotts Valley Band seeks new off-reservation investors (01/15)

In a settlement with the National Indian Gaming Commission, the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians agreed to look for new investors for an off-reservation casino in California. The tribe entered into a management contract...

Seneca gaming agency rejects off-reservation partner (01/15)

The Seneca Gaming Authority has refused to issue a license to Rotate Black, a Michigan company that wants to finance an off-reservation casino for the Seneca Nation. The authority said Rotate Black would be an...

Congressman pushes Obama on off-reservation gaming (01/14)

Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-New York) says off-reservation gaming will boost the economy in the Catskills region of New York. The Seneca Nation, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians want...

Firm backing off-reservation casino sues former CEO (01/08)

Empire Resorts, the company backing an off-reservation casino with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York, is suing former CEO Joseph Bernstein for extortion. Empire claims Bernstein tried demanded a $500,000 bonus, a $500,000...

Opinion: Say no to off-reservation casino in California (01/08)

"Sometime in the next 10 weeks, and despite opposition from Richmond's mayor, the governor, the state's two U.S. senators, and what seems to be a lot of Richmond residents, the City Council could vote to...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe wants meeting for casino (01/06)

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) says he will meet with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to discuss gaming. Patrick said he wasn't aware that the tribe wants to talk about Class III gaming and other gaming...
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