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Editorial: Off-reservation casino needs community support (12/15)

"We respect the sovereignty of American Indian lands. But we also believe tribes should respect the wishes and policies of local residents. One such conflict is playing out in Joshua Tree, where the Twenty-Nine Palms...

KFGO: White Earth Band faces tough sell with gaming plans (12/13)

"White Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor says the real work selling the idea of the tribe's offer for a Twin Cities-area casino will start next week. In a surprise development at a Senate hearing earlier this...

Column: Land-into-trust a big issue for Wampanoag casino (12/13)

"The span between the signing of the law legalizing casino gambling in Massachusetts and the filing of its first legal challenge was measured in hours, not days. It likely won’t be the last challenge, either....

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe eager to negotiate casino deal (12/12)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe expects to announce a casino site soon and start Class III gaming compact negotiations, Chairman Cedric Cromwell said. The tribe has been looking throughout southeastern Massachusetts. Two prior sites fell through...

Letter: Easy solutions for opponents of Spokane casino bid (12/12)

"There are mounting concerns that the upcoming Spokane Tribe casino in Airway Heights will have many negative impacts upon the surrounding community. It might divert customers from Spokane businesses, and customers will be forced to...

Letter: Enterprise Rancheria casino means jobs for county (12/12)

"Finally, after nine years of trying to build a casino that will bring thousands of jobs to Yuba County, the Maidu Tribe can see some light at the end of the tunnel. However, certain forces...

Opinion: Bill to bar Tohono O'odham casino breaks promises (12/09)

"If U.S. Congressman Trent Franks’ H.R. 2938 (Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Replacement Clarification Act) passes, Arizonans’ water bills may increase again. But his bill isn’t actually about water at all. The bill was submitted...

Fort Sill Apache Tribe sees support for casino in New Mexico (12/09)

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma saw little opposition to its plans for a casino in southern New Mexico at a community forum on Wednesday. The Deming Headlight said only one person spoke out...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still on the hunt for a casino site (12/08)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is still looking for a site to host a casino in southeastern Massachusetts. The tribe's deals in Middleboro and Fall River have fallen through. An additional site in Raynham also didn't...

Forum draws supporters of Enterprise Rancheria casino plan (12/08)

Supporters of the Enterprise Rancheria casino rivaled opponents at a forum hosted by Stand Up For California! on Wednesday night. The group only invited opponents to speak. But about half of the 150 people in...

Sokaogon Chippewa Community eyes off-reservation casino (12/08)

The Sokaogon Chippewa Community of Wisconsin is proposing an off-reservation casino, The Sheboygan Press reports. The tribe is working with the owners of the Blue Harbor Resort on the project. The lakefront casino could feature...

Developers line up to bid on casino licenses in Massachusetts (12/07)

At least seven developers are interested in entering the new gaming market in Massachusetts. H.3702 authorizes three casinos in different regions of the state. Four developers are interested in western Massachusetts and three developers are...

White Earth Band proposes off-reservation casino at stadium (12/07)

The White Earth Nation wants to build an off-reservation casino and use the revenues to fund a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. Chairwoman Erma Vizenor said the $700 million casino will feature 150 table...

Lawmakers favor Enterprise Rancheria off-reservation casino (12/07)

Rep. John Garamendi (D-California) and Rep. Tom McClintock (R-California) support the Enterprise Rancheria off-reservation casino. Garamendi's district, if he is re-elected, will include the proposed casino. He says the project will generate jobs. McClintock, who...

Tohono O'odham Nation defends bid for off-reservation casino (12/07)

Chairman Ned Norris Jr. of the Tohono O'odham Nation presented the tribe's off-reservation casino to the Peoria Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. Norris slammed critics of the West Valley Resort for trying to change a...

Tohono O'odham Nation finds friendlier crowd for gaming talks (12/06)

The Tohono O'odham Nation is presenting its off-reservation casino to the Peoria Chamber of Commerce today. The tribe plans the West Valley Resort near Glendale, whose officials oppose the idea. But in neighboring Peoria, the...

Wyandotte Nation off-reservation casino suit moved to Kansas (12/06)

Over the objections of the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma, a federal judge in Kansas has taken over the tribe's off-reservation lawsuit. The tribe sued the Interior Department in federal court in Washington, D.C. The lawsuit...

Fort Sill Apache Tribe hopes to sway opinions on gaming plans (12/06)

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma is hoping to change minds on its proposed casino in southern New Mexico. The tribe has scheduled a community forum tomorrow in Deming to discuss plans for its...

Opinion: Spokane Tribe's casino project threatens military base (12/05)

"Is a Spokane tribal casino worth the risk of Fairchild Air Force Base closing? Putting aside all other issues, such as the creation of new jobs at a casino, ancestral lands on the West Plains,...

Opinion: Arizona tribes must keep promise to voters on gaming (12/05)

"In early October, leaders from Indian communities and the state testified before a congressional committee about House Resolution 2938, legislation sponsored by Congressman Trent Franks to clarify the Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Replacement Act...

County weighs an extension of Menominee Nation gaming deal (12/02)

Officials in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, are considering a longer-term extension of an off-reservation gaming agreement with the Menominee Nation. The extension would run until March 31, 2013. That coincides with the end of the tribe’s...

KPLU: Spokane Tribe makes its case for off-reservation gaming (12/02)

"Spokane County could have another casino if all goes as planned for the Spokane Tribe of Indians. The Spokane Tribe wants to build on 145 acres of ancestral land in Airway Heights, but they must...

Sen. Bingaman urges DOI to deny Fort Sill Apache Tribe casino (12/02)

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) is urging the Obama administration to deny a casino for the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma. The tribe owns 30 acres of trust land in southern New Mexico. The...

Paper publishes large number of anti-Spokane casino letters (12/01)

The Spokesman Review has published an unusual number of letters in opposition to the Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino. In November, the paper ran at least six anti-casino letters. Only one letter -- submitted by a...

Enterprise Rancheria casino deal signed almost 10 years ago (12/01)

The Enterprise Rancheria. signed a memorandum of understanding for its casino in Yuba County almost a decade ago. The county approved the deal in December 2002. The Bureau of Indian Affairs didn't approve the casino...

Mescalero Apache Nation against Fort Sill Apache casino plan (11/30)

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma should not be allowed to open a casino in southern New Mexico, the Mescalero Apache Nation says. Ancestors of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe lived in New Mexico....

Spokane Tribe seeks equal footing with off-reservation casino (11/29)

The Spokane Tribe of Washington is trying to build support for an off-reservation casino. The tribe wants to use 145 acres in Airway Heights for a casino and other development. But opposition is coming from...

Fort Sill Apache Tribe hopes to stimulate economy with casino (11/29)

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma says its proposed casino can stimulate the economy in southern New Mexico. The tribe could employ 80 people immediately at the Apache Homelands Casino, Chairman Jeff Haozous told...

Fort Sill Apache Tribe to discuss plan for casino on reservation (11/28)

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe will discuss plans for gaming and other development on its new reservation in New Mexico. The trust owns 30 acres in the southern part of the state. The Bureau of...

Fort Sill Apache Tribe closer to opening casino in New Mexico (11/23)

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma has moved one step closer to opening a casino in in southern New Mexico, its ancestral territory. After waiting more than four years, the tribe said the Bureau...

Forum scheduled to oppose Enterprise Rancheria casino plans (11/22)

Stand Up For California! is hosting a forum next month to discuss opposition to the Enterprise Rancheria. The tribe is headquartered in Butte County. Its gaming site is in Yuba County, about 36 miles from...

Magazine: The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe takes a big gamble (11/22)

"It's a bright, cloudless mid-September day on Cape Cod. A generation ago, this is the type of day that, if the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian tribe were holding a council meeting and it turned out the...

Jemez Pueblo accuses Echo Hawk of rushing gaming decision (11/22)

Jemez Pueblo says the Obama administration made a premature decision on its off-reservation casino in southern New Mexico. In August, the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Albuquerque asked local officials for their views on the...

Editorial: Fort Sill Apache Tribe deserves a chance at casino (11/21)

"The stretch of Interstate-10 between Las Cruces and Deming is not what we would call picturesque. But while most zip past the restaurant and smoke shop near Akela and see a lonely building in the...

New Bay Mills chairman supports off-reservation gaming plan (11/18)

The new leader of the Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan supports the tribe's off-reservation gaming efforts. On his first day in office, Chairman Kurt Perron said the tribal council reaffirmed its support for off-reservation...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe defends provisions in gaming bill (11/18)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is defending provisions in H.3702, the gaming bill that Gov. Deval Patrick (D) is expected to sign into law. The bill sets aside a casino in southeastern Massachusetts for "a federally...

Arizona tribes back at war on off-reservation casino measure (11/18)

The Gila River Indian Community and the Tohono O'odham Nation are back at war over an off-reservation casino. Greg Mendoza, the governor-elect at Gila River, welcomed approval of H.R.2938 by the House Natural Resources Committee....

House committee passes bill to block Tohono O'odham casino (11/17)

The House Natural Resources Committee voted 32-11 today to pass H.R.2938, a bill that bars the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona from opening an off-reservation casino. The bill generated considerable debate from members of both...

Sen. Feinstein against Twentynine Palms off-reservation casino (11/17)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) is opposing another off-reservation casino. The Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians wants to build a casino in Joshua Tree. But Feinstein said the site is too close to Joshua Tree...

Spokane Tribe blasts opposition to off-reservation casino plans (11/17)

The Spokane Tribe of Washington says opposition to its off-reservation casino is coming primarily from the Kalispel Tribe. The Spokanes want to build a $150 million gaming facility in Airway Heights. That's where the Kalispels...

County seeking support for Little River off-reservation casino (11/16)

Commissioners in Muskegon County, Michigan, are pushing the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce to support an off-reservation casino for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The tribe is planning a major development at...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes approval of gaming bill (11/16)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hailed final passage of H.3702, a bill to legalize full-scale gaming in Massachusetts. The bill authorizes three casinos in three regions of the state. Region C -- the southeastern part --...

Final vote planned for gaming legislation in Massachusetts (11/15)

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are giving final approval to H.3702, a bill to legalize full-scale gaming, and it could be sent to Gov. Deval Patrick (D) as early as today. The bill authorizes three casinos in...

Fort Sill Apache Tribe not giving up New Mexico casino plan (11/14)

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma hasn't given up on plans to open a casino in southern New Mexico, its ancestral territory. The tribe owns 30 acres in between Deming and Las Cruces....

Column: Ouster of Bay Mills leader a setback for casino plans (11/11)

"Another election was decided last week that also has an impact on Port Huron's future. Bay Mills Tribal Council Chairman Jeff Parker lost his re-election bid to newcomer Kurt Perron. Parker held the leadership position...

Tohono O'odham Nation awaits hearing on gaming litigation (11/10)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona has so far been victorious in its effort to open an off-reservation casino. The tribe won decisions in state and federal court affecting the proposed West Valley Resort. But...

Tohono O'odham Nation could expand scope of casino project (11/08)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona could expand the size of its proposed off-reservation casino. The tribe limited the West Valley Resort to 54 acres due to litigation in the state courts. But now that...

California governor still weighing off-reservation casino bid (11/07)

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has until next September to make a decision on an off-reservation casino for the Enterprise Rancheria. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the casino but Brown has veto authority under...

Tohono O'odham Nation gives grant to casino-friendly city (11/04)

The Tohono O'odham Nation has donated nearly $235,000 in gaming revenues to the city of Peoria, Arizona. Mayor Bob Barrett has been a vocal supporter of the tribe's off-reservation casino. The city, however, hasn't taken...

Spokane Tribe starts project at off-reservation casino site (11/04)

The Spokane Tribe of Washington is upgrading a gas station and adding an Arby’s next to the site of its its proposed off-reservation casino. The tribe operates Spoko Fuel, a gas station and convenience store,...

Lawmaker defends Wampanoag provisions in gaming bill (11/01)

A state lawmaker is defending tribal provisions in the Massachusetts gaming bill amid local opposition. H.3702 authorizes three casinos in different regions of the state. Region C is reserved for "a federally recognized tribe." The...

Candidate seeks talks for Tohono O'odham Nation casino (11/01)

Glendale, Arizona, mayoral candidate Walter Opaska wants to meet with the Tohono O'odham Nation and discuss the tribe's casino plans. Opaska said the city is losing litigation against the casino. The city has already spent...

Fronteras: Tohono O'odham Nation closer to casino bid (10/31)

"The Tohono O'odham Nation got one step closer Tuesday to creating a satellite reservation for themselves in Arizona, 120 miles north of their primary reservation along the U.S-Mexico border. They plan to build a casino...

City to keep fighting Tohono O'odham Nation casino plan (10/28)

Despite losing rulings in state and federal court, the city of Glendale, Arizona won't drop its fight against the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. Mayor Elaine Scruggs and council members reiterated their opposition to the...

County neutral on Spokane Tribe's off-reservation casino (10/27)

Officials in Spokane County, Washington, are required to remain neutral on the Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino. The county signed an intergovernmental agreement with the tribe to receive a share of revenues from the proposed casino...

Seneca Nation sees support for off-reservation casino bid (10/26)

Support for a Seneca Nation off-reservation casino is growing, according to a poll commissioned by The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Of 500 likely Monroe County voters, 50 percent said they supported the casino. That's up...

Tohono O'odham Nation wins legal fees in gaming lawsuit (10/26)

The city of Glendale, Arizona, lost another round to the Tohono O'odham Nation in a lawsuit over an off-reservation casino. In May, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that the city can't annex land owned...

Gary Metoxen: Tribal gaming aids economic development (10/24)

"I am 100 percent Native American Indian from the Oneida tribe of Indian’s of Wisconsin. A part of the city of Green Bay touches or is within our borders. I am now a resident of...

Ute Tribe to study off-reservation casino site in Colorado (10/21)

The Ute Tribe and the town of Dinosaur, Colorado, approved a pre-development agreement for an off-reservation casino. The tribe and the town are sharing the costs of a $100,000 feasibility study. Both sides agreed to...

City blasts tribal provisions in Massachusetts gaming bill (10/21)

The city council in New Bedford, Massachusetts, took action to oppose tribal provisions in a gaming bill that has been approved by state lawmakers. The bill authorizes casinos in three regions of the state. Region...

City supports Enterprise Rancheria off-reservation casino (10/20)

The city council in Marysville, California, voted 4-1 to send a letter in support of the Enterprise Rancheria off-reservation casino. The city already entered into a memorandum of understanding with the tribe. The letter says...

Bay Mills Indian Community seeks to dismiss casino case (10/20)

Photo Turtle Talk The Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan is filing four motions this week to dismiss a lawsuit that led to the closure of its off-reservation casino, Chairman Jeff Parker said. The tribe...

Menominee Nation to update off-reservation casino plans (10/20)

The Obama administration has asked the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin to update its land-into-trust application for an off-reservation casino. As part of a settlement, the Bureau of Indian Affairs agreed to take another look at...

Letter: Cowlitz Tribe trying to restore rights through gaming (10/19)

"The Cowlitz Tribe’s battle to re-establish their ancestral right of self-determination will once again be fought in a federal court in Washington, D.C. A judge will decide if trust land should be given to the...

California tribes with casinos oppose new plans for casinos (10/19)

Gaming tribes are urging California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) reject two new casinos in the state. Brown has veto authority over the casinos sought by the Enterprise Rancheria and the North Fork Rancheria of Mono...

Twentynine Palms Band sees opposition to casino proposal (10/19)

The Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians saw significant opposition to its off-reservation casino proposal at a meeting in Joshua Tree, The Hi-Desert Star reports. The tribe hosted an informational session with the community on...

Carl Artman: Scotts Valley Band deserves a shot at casino (10/18)

"I recently read an editorial in the Contra Costa Times (California) regarding the fee-to-trust application of the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians. I am concerned about the editorial board’s characterization of the Scotts Valley...

Mayoral hopeful open to Tohono O'odham Nation casino plan (10/18)

Glendale, Arizona, mayoral candidate Walter Opaska is open to the Tohono O'odham Nation casino, unlike his rival, the incumbent Elaine Scruggs. Walter Opaska, an attorney and former software engineer, said the city should at least...

Enterprise Rancheria rejects off reservation label for casino bid (10/17)

The Enterprise Rancheria is not seeking an "off-reservation" casino, Chairwoman Glenda Nelson tells Indian Country Today. The tribe is headquartered in Butte County. Plans call for a casino in Yuba County, about 36 miles from...

APRN: Sealaska not worried about loss of land for gaming site (10/17)

"Sealaska has lost some its California casino land to foreclosure. But the regional Native corporation says it won’t hinder the project. Sealaska has been working for several years to build a hundred-million-dollar-plus hotel and casino...

Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe hails passage of gaming measure (10/14)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe praised the passage of H.3702, a bill that legalizes full-scale gaming in Massachusetts. "We look forward to the next steps in the process, including passage of a final bill and compact...

Polls duel over Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino (10/13)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona released a poll earlier this month that said about 75 percent of voters supported the tribe's off-reservation casino. But a group that includes the Gila River Indian Community has...

Cloverdale Rancheria loses a part of casino site in foreclosure (10/13)

The Cloverdale Rancheria of California has lost a portion of its proposed gaming site to foreclosure. Sealaska, an Alaska Native regional corporation, agreed to buy two acres of the original reservation for $1.3 million. But...

Sen. Feinstein objects to Enterprise Rancheria casino project (10/13)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) is urging Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to reject an off-reservation casino for the Enterprise Rancheria. The tribe is seeking a two-part determination to build a casino about 36 miles from the...

Editorial: Spokane Tribe doesn't need off-reservation casino (10/11)

"A proposal by the Spokane Tribe for a $400 million casino is a gamble best not taken. Although understandably aggrieved by the success of the Kalispel Tribe’s Northern Quest Resort & Casino within their ancestral...

Shinnecock Nation gaining allies with plans for gaming facility (10/07)

The Shinnecock Nation is gaining more support for its plan to build a casino and a hotel at racetrack in New York. In July, the tribe outlined plans to add gaming to the Belmont Park...

Tohono O'odham Nation defends bid for off-reservation casino (10/07)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona headed into a Capitol Hill hearing this week on the defensive but found some support for its off-reservation casino. Nearly all of the witnesses invited by the House Subcommittee...

BIA sees opposition to Spokane Tribe's off-reservation casino (10/07)

A group called Citizens Against Casino Expansion has gathered letters in opposition to the Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino. The group says 12 letters were sent to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to object to the...

Editorial: Too soon to bet on off-reservation casino in Michigan (10/06)

"Recent speculation aside, a casino coming to Lansing is, at this point, a remote possibility at best. Still, the community should have a chance to consider a casino as a possible means of economic development...

Tohono O'odham Nation threatens lawsuit over anti-casino bill (10/05)

The Tohono O'odham Nation will sue the federal government if Congress enacts H.R.2938, a bill that stops the tribe from building an off-reservation casino, Chairman Ned Norris Jr. said on Tuesday. In 1986, Congress enacted...

California governor negotiates compact with Graton Rancheria (10/05)

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is reportedly negotiating a Class III gaming compact with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Neither side will confirm the status of the talks but apparently they've been ongoing. The...

Audio of House hearing on Tohono O'odham Nation casino bill (10/04)

The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs holds a hearing tomorrow on H.R.2938, a bill that stops the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona from building an off-reservation casino. Members of the subcommittee heard...

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe in discussions for off-reservation casino (10/04)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is in discussions for an off-reservation casino in Lansing, Michigan, according to news reports. The tribe hasn't confirmed talks but Mayor Virg Bernero is on board. "My...

Bay Mills Indian Community awaits outcome of casino lawsuit (10/04)

Photo Turtle Talk The Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan is awaiting the outcome of litigation regarding its off-reservation casino. The tribe opened a casino in Vanderbilt last November. The Little Traverse Bay Bands of...

Tohono O'odham Nation poll shows support for casino project (10/04)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona says results of a poll show the public supports an off-reservation casino. When asked "In general, do you think this is a very good, good, bad or very bad...

Witness list for House hearing on Tohono O'odham casino bill (10/03)

The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs holds a hearing tomorrow on H.R.2938, a bill that stops the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona from building an off-reservation casino. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona) introduced...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reportedly owes $25M to investor (09/30)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts owes $25 million to investor Herb Strather, The Cape Cod Times reports. Strather, a developer from Michigan, bankrolled the tribe's federal recognition effort. Now he wants a payout from...

House subcomittee to take up Tohono O'odham Nation casino bill (09/27)

The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs will hold a hearing next Tuesday, October 4, on H.R.2938, a bill that stops the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona from building an off-reservation casino. Rep....

Obama administration delays action on Wyandotte Nation casino (09/27)

The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma will have to wait even longer for a decision on its off-reservation, lawyers for the Obama administration said on Monday. The tribe acquired 10.5 acres in Park City, Kansas, through...

Massachusetts Senate opens debate on bill to approve casinos (09/27)

The Massachusetts Senate opened debate on H.3702, a bill to legalize full-scale gaming. The bill authorizes casinos in three regions. The casino in Region C -- the southeastern part of the state -- is reserved...

Ute Tribe in Utah interested in off-reservation casino in Colorado (09/27)

The Ute Tribe of Utah is in discussions for an off-reservation casino in Colorado. The tribe's reservation crosses into Colorado and ends near the town of Dinosaur. A predevelopment agreement calls for the tribe and...

Twentynine Palms Band to discuss off-reservation casino plans (09/27)

The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians will discuss plans for an off-reservation casino in Joshua Tree, California. In January 2008, the tribe announced plans for a casino and RV park on its reservation. But...

Response due in Wyandotte Nation off-reservation casino suit (09/26)

The Obama administration's response is due today in the Wyandotte Nation off-reservation casino lawsuit. The tribe acquired 10.5 acres in Park City, Kansas, through a land claim settlement. The law mandates that the Interior Department...

Opinion: Mayors back Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino (09/26)

"Recently, two mayors from East Valley cities opined that the West Valley resort project being developed on unincorporated land near our West Valley cities would “set dangerous precedents” and “alter the character of the West...

City wants to talk with tribes about casinos in Massachusetts (09/23)

The city council in New Bedford, Massachusetts, voted 9-2 to talk with tribes and other developers about gaming. A bill making its way through the state Legislature authorizes three casinos. The casino on Region C,...

Rep. Kildee signs onto anti-Tohono O'odham Nation casino bill (09/22)

A bill to stop the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona from building an off-reservation casino gained an unlikely supporter on Wednesday -- Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Michigan). Kildee, who is retiring at the end of the...

Tohono O'odham Nation gathers support against anti-casino bill (09/21)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona is gathering support in opposition to a bill that would block its plan for an off-reservation casino. The Arizona Contractors Association is asking Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona), the sponsor...

Kansas asks to join Wyandotte Nation off-reservation casino suit (09/21)

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt wants to join the Wyandotte Nation off-reservation casino lawsuit. The tribe sued the Obama administration in July for failing to approve its land-into-trust application. Schmidt filed papers to join the...

Menominee Nation weighs agreement for off-reservation casino (09/21)

The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin is considering changes to its off-reservation casino agreement. The tribe reached the agreement with the city of Kenosha and Kenosha County in 2005. It's been extended four times since then...

Rep. Grijalva opposes bill to halt Tohono O'odham Nation casino (09/19)

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona) said a Republican-led effort to stop the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona from opening a casino could affect tribes nationwide. In 1986, Congress enacted the Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Replacement...

Press conference for bill to block Tohono O'odham Nation casino (09/16)

A press conference is being held this morning to discuss H.R.2938, the Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Replacement Clarification Act. The bill bars the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona from opening a casino on land...

California Tribal Business Alliance objects to gaming decisions (09/15)

The California Tribal Business Alliance says other tribes should not seek casinos on land away from existing reservations. The Enterprise Rancheria and the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians won approval from the Obama administration...

Bill bars Tohono O'odham Nation from gaming on acquired land (09/15)

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona) is introducing a bill today to block the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona. The bill amends the Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Replacement Act of 1986. It bars the tribe from...

Massachusetts House easily passes bill for expanded gaming (09/15)

The Massachusetts House voted 123-32 to pass H.3702, a bill to legalize full-scale gaming. The bill authorizes casinos in three regions. The casino in Region C -- the southeastern part of the state -- is...

Cowlitz Tribe negotiating gaming agreement with former rival (09/14)

The Cowlitz Tribe is in negotiations with the city council in La Center, Washington, to address gaming issues. Negotiations began earlier this year after the city council dropped its longstanding opposition to the proposed Cowlitz...

Tribes gear up for debate on casino measure in Massachusetts (09/14)

The Massachusetts House is due to start debate today on H.3702, a bill to legalize full-scale gaming. The bill authorizes casinos in three regions. The casino in Region C -- the southeastern part of the...

Menominee Nation reviews off-reservation gaming agreement (09/14)

The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin is going over an off-reservation gaming agreement in light of a recent decision from the Obama administration. The tribe signed an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Kenosha and Kenosha...

Rep. Franks to introduce bill to outlaw Tohono O'odham casino (09/14)

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona) will introduce a bill tomorrow to block the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona from opening an off-reservation casino. Franks says the tribe is misusing a land claim settlement act to open...

Opinion: Good luck with off-reservation casinos in California (09/12)

"Yes, it really has been nine years since the proponents of Yuba County casino showed up at a Board of Supervisors meeting on July 2, 2002, and announced their intentions. It was quite an odd...

Another tribe pleased with rejection of off-reservation casino (09/09)

Another tribe is happy with the Obama administration's rejection of an off-reservation casino for Jemez Pueblo. Jemez Pueblo wants to build a casino in southern New Mexico. That's Apache territory, according to the Fort Sill...

Gaming decisions meet opposition from other California tribes (09/08)

The Obama administration brought good news to two California tribes last week but their casino plans are stirring controversy at home. Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk approved land-into-trust applications for the Enterprise Rancheria and the...

State won't intervene in lawsuit against Cowlitz Tribe's casino (09/08)

The state of Washington won't intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to stop the Cowlitz Tribe from building a casino. Clark County filed the lawsuit in January. The county says the Bureau of Indian Affairs...

Editorial: Deny another off-reservation casino bid in California (09/08)

"While we're pleased that the federal government last week hammered what should be the final nail in the coffin of a proposal for Nevada-style urban gaming in Richmond, its continued silence on a similar plan...

Seneca Nation looks for more off-reservation gaming options (09/07)

The Seneca Nation of New York is looking for more off-reservation casino options as the state considers an expansion of non-Indian gaming. The tribe operates two off-reservation casinos -- one in downtown Buffalo and another...

Mescalero Apache Nation hails off-reservation gaming denial (09/07)

The Obama administration made the "right decision" to reject an off-reservation casino for Jemez Pueblo, the leader of the Mescalero Apache Nation said. Jemez Pueblo wants to build a casino in southern New Mexico, not...

Jemez Pueblo weighs options for off-reservation casino denial (09/05)

Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico struck back at at the Obama administration after its off-reservation casino was rejected on Friday. The tribe said its casino in Anthony, in the southern part of the state, will...

BIA to reconsider Stockbridge-Munsee off-reservation casino (09/05)

The Obama administration will reconsider an off-reservation casino for the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, The Albany Times-Union reports. The tribe, based in Wisconsin, wants to build a casino in the Catskills region of...

Larry Romanelli: Off-reservation casino good for state's economy (09/05)

"The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians remains committed to pursuing a casino in Muskegon County, which is part of our traditional land. While we are disappointed with Gov. Rick Snyder's recent comments made to...

Echo Hawk issues casino decisions for three tribes in California (09/02)

The Obama administration brought good news and bad news for three California tribes seeking to build casinos. Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk approved land-into-trust applications for the Enterprise Rancheria and the North Fork Rancheria of...

Echo Hawk rejects off-reservation casino for New Mexico tribe (09/02)

The Obama administration has rejected an off-reservation casino for Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico. The tribe wants to build a casino in Anthony, near the Texas border. The site is more than 300 miles from...

Opinion: Look at all sides of Menominee off-reservation casino (09/02)

"As a former kennel owner at Dairyland Greyhound Park, I am interested in the casino approval. I would like to correct Mr. Werwie on his rhetoric. He said the governor would consider three factors regarding...

Opinion: Don't bet on Menominee off-reservation casino plan (09/01)

"By the time Kenosha gets a casino, if it ever happens, casinos might be so commonplace they aren’t worth much. Illinois has plans for five more casinos plus slot machines at horse-racing tracks and at...

Opinion: Readers react to off-reservation gaming in Michigan (09/01)

"Gov. Rick Snyder is opposed to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians proposed casino in Fruitport Township in part because it's for non-tribal lands, which he said could open up uncontrolled expansion of gambling...

NIGC disapproves Tohono O'odham Nation casino ordinance (08/31)

The National Indian Gaming Commission has rejected a casino ordinance for the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona. The tribe submitted an ordinance that refers to a site that is not yet in trust. Therefore it...

Michigan governor opposes Little River off-reservation casino (08/30)

MIchigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) opposes an off-reservation casino for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The tribe wants to build a casino in Fruitport Township. The site is about 80 miles from the...

State pressed to intervene in lawsuit on Cowlitz Tribe's casino (08/29)

The state of Washington has been asked to intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to stop the Cowlitz Tribe from building a casino. Clark County filed the lawsuit in March. The county says theBureau of...

Gaming interests oppose tribal provision in Massachusetts bill (08/26)

Gaming interests in Massachusetts say the state shouldn't reserve a casino for a federally recognized tribe. The Plainridge Race Track has hired Joseph S. Larisa Jr., the attorney who was part of Carcieri v. Salazar....

Chemehuevi Tribe revives off-reservation casino bid in Barstow (08/25)

It looks like the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians is getting some competition for an off-reservation casino in Barstow, California. The Chemehuevi Tribe is reviving plans for a casino in the city....

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still looking to find land for a casino (08/24)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is still looking for land to open a casino in southeastern Massachusetts. The tribe's first two sites fell through. Talks for a new location never produced a deal, although the owner...

BIA backs land-into-trust applications for Osage Nation casinos (08/24)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved land-into-trust applications for three Osage Nation gaming sites. The BIA published notice of the applications in the Federal Register on July 19. After a 30-day comment period, the...

Samish Nation seeks to put land in trust for first gaming facility (08/23)

The Samish Nation of Washington is hoping to open its first gaming facility. The tribe is already part of the Indian gaming industry. Under its Class III compact, the Samish Nation leases the rights...

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe looking to join Indian gaming industry (08/22)

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is looking to get into the Indian gaming industry. The tribe is the only one in the state without a casino. A council member said slot machines...

Wisconsin tribes no longer talking about off-reservation casino bid (08/19)

It looks like three Wisconsin tribes won't be working together on an off-reservation casino. The St. Croix Band, the Bad River Band and the Ho-Chunk Nation were thinking about collaborating on a casino in Beloit....

Mayor says Tohono O'odham Nation doesn't need to run casino (08/18)

The mayor of Glendale, Arizona, said she welcomes the Tohono O'odham Nation -- as long as the tribe doesn't use its land for a casino. The tribe owns 134 acres near Glendale. The land is...

Menominee Nation pushes off-reservation casino as jobs boost (08/18)

The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin says its off-reservation casino will create jobs and boost the economy. Unemployment is high on the reservation and in Kenosha, where the tribe wants to build a casino. Gaming will...

Wisconsin governor noncommittal on off-reservation casino plan (08/17)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) won't state his position on off-reservation gaming. But when he was Milwaukee County executive, he opposed the Menominee Nation off-reservation casino in Kenosha. Now that he's in charge of the...

Menominee Nation settles lawsuit over off-reservation casino plan (08/16)

The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin will be getting an answer on its off-reservation casino project under a settlement with the Obama administration. The tribe sued when the Bureau of Indian Affairs rejected the casino in...

Panel discusses Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino (08/11)

The Glendale Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel to discuss Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino although the tribe wasn't invited to present its views. Only opponents of the casino spoke. They included Salt River Pima-Maricopa...

Michael Toledo: Off-reservation casino a path to self-sufficiency (08/09)

"The Pueblo of Jemez must pursue economic development opportunities to meet the needs of our tribal community. Our pueblo has close to 4,000 members, and we are 95 percent dependent upon federal grants. This is...

Panel to discuss Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino (08/08)

Opponents of the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino will meet for a panel discussion on Wednesday. The Glendale Chamber of Commerce is hosting the panel. Only opponents to the casino have been invited to speak...

San Manuel chair to discuss Los Coyotes off-reservation casino (08/05)

James Ramos, the chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, plans to meet with leaders of the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians to discuss off-reservation gaming. Ramos and his tribe...

Editorial: Reject an off-reservation casino for Los Coyotes Band (08/05)

"California voters never approved building tribal casinos at whatever site might get the most business. Tribes should confine gambling operations to reservations, not search for more lucrative locations. The governor and Legislature should reject a...

Opinion: Barstow jumps back into off-reservation casino game (08/03)

"With the announcement last week that Interior is going to conduct public hearings on long-stalled casino development in Barstow, California, the City is once again a prominent player in the next round of gaming in...

Eastern Cherokee family upset with seizure of land for casino (08/03)

The leader of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina is defending the tribe's decision to seize 205 acres for a potential gaming facility. The tribal council voted 10-2 to seize the land...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues to look for gaming sites (08/03)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts continues to look for gaming sites, Chairman Cedric Cromwell said. Soon after gaining federal recognition, the tribe started the land-into-trust process for a casino in Middleboro. The deal fell...

Parties due back in court over Bay Mills off-reservation casino (08/03)

The Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan will be back in court next Tuesday, August 9, in a lawsuit over its off-reservation casino. The state of Michigan and the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa...

Los Coyotes Band not worried about off-reservation gaming bill (08/02)

The Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians of California isn't worried about S.1424, a bill to restrict off-reservation gaming. The tribe is pursuing a casino in Barstow, more than 100 miles from the...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe no longer interested in old dog track (08/02)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is no longer in talks to purchase an old dog track, the owner of the facility said. Raynham Park owner George Carney said he hasn't communicated with the tribe...

Big turnout for hearing on Los Coyotes off-reservation casino (07/29)

About 400 people attended a public hearing on Wednesday to discuss an off-reservation casino for the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians of California. More than 45 people spoke at the hearing and...

Wyandotte Nation sues over off-reservation casino application (07/29)

The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma is suing the Obama administration for failing to approve its land-into-trust application for an off-reservation casino. The tribe acquired 10.5 acres in Park City, Kansas, through a land claim settlement....

BIA hosts public hearing on Los Coyotes off-reservation casino (07/28)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs held a public hearing on Wednesday to discuss an off-reservation casino for the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians of California. The tribe wants to build a casino...

Eastern Cherokees seize 205 acres for potential gaming facility (07/27)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has seized 205 acres for a possible casino, The Cherokee Scout reports. The tribal council voted 10-2 on July 14 to seize the land. It apparently belonged to a...

Elk Valley Rancheria files claim against former gaming partner (07/26)

The Elk Valley Rancheria of California is seeking $1 million in bankruptcy court from a former gaming partner. The tribe invested money in a Las Vegas casino. But the deal fell through and developer R....

Los Coyotes Band lobbies governor on off-reservation casino plan (07/20)

The Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians has been meeting with staff for California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) in hopes of gaining support for an off-reservation casino. The tribe plans to build the...

Seneca Nation is still interested in Catskills off-reservation casino (07/19)

The Seneca Nation of New York could benefit from a change in off-reservation gaming policy at the Bureau of Indian Affairs The tribe owns 63 acres in the Catskills. The area is close to New...

Ned Norris: Tohono O'odham Nation confirms right to build casino (07/19)

"Two and a half years ago, the Tohono O'odham Nation announced plans for a major economic development project adjacent to Peoria and Glendale. The West Valley Resort will create 6,000 construction jobs and more than...

New York governor's position on off-reservation casino unknown (07/18)

Will New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) agree to off-reservation casinos? Tribes and supporters hope he so but so far he's given no indication of his stance on the issue. State law authorizes up to...

Seneca Nation reaffirms plans for Catskills off-reservation casino (07/15)

The Seneca Nation still wants to build an off-reservation casino in the Catskills region of New York, tribal leaders said. The tribe created a four-member committee to move plans forward. The tribe needs to find...

New York governor lobbied on Catskills off-reservation casino (07/14)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is being urged to back an off-reservation casino for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Wisconsin. The tribe wants to build a casino in the Catskills, an area about 90 minutes...

Shinnecock Nation presents plans for casino, hotel at racetrack (07/13)

The Shinnecock Nation could build a casino and a hotel at racetrack in New York. Tribal leaders and representatives outlines rough plans for development at the Belmont Park Raceway on Long Island. The casino would...

Harlan McKosato: Jemez Pueblo seeks entry in gaming market (07/11)

"Tucked away in the Jemez Mountains on N.M. 4 is the Jemez Pueblo, or Walatowa. It is far away from the city lights of Santa Fe and the hustle and bustle of Albuquerque. That's what...

BIA sets public hearing on Los Coyotes off-reservation casino (07/11)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will hold a public hearing on the July 27 to discuss an off-reservation casino for the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians in California. The tribe wants to...

City spends more than $2M in fight over Tohono O'odham casino (07/08)

The city of Glendale, Arizona, has spent more than $2 million fighting the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino, an issue that could affect the 2012 election. Mayor Elaine Scruggs and some council members oppose the...

Editorial: Judge Jemez Pueblo off reservation casino on its merits (07/07)

"New Mexico State University continues to show admiral restraint on an issue that could bring, or not, multi-millions of dollars to its Foundation. It has not jumped in, nor opined, regarding a proposed major Indian...

Racetrack owner confirms talks with Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (07/07)

The owner of a racetrack confirmed he is in talks with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts. Raynham Park owner George Carney said he's met two or three times with the tribe. But he hasn't...

Column: Off-reservation casino battle heating up in New Mexico (07/06)

"The battle is hot and heavy over whether southern New Mexico needs another Indian casino. Jemez Pueblo has been trying for years to get clearance to open a casino near Anthony 300 miles to the...

Editorial: Tribes heading for showdown on off-reservation casino (07/05)

"There is a reason why supporters of a new gambling casino, to be built upon newly created tribal "trust land," repeatedly cite the city of Glendale, or the state Legislature, as opponents of their venture....

Opinion: Jemez Pueblo off-reservation casino is far from reality (07/01)

"Your recent article titled “Change Boosts Jemez Casino” misses the mark by miles – about 300 miles, to be exact. The Obama administration withdrew a Bush era policy that said what everyone already knows and...

Judge won't support annexation of Tohono O'odham gaming site (07/01)

A federal judge won't let the state of Arizona annex land owned by the Tohono O'odham Nation. The state enacted a law that would have allowed the city of Glendale to annex the tribe's off-reservation...

Bay Mills off-reservation casino will stay closed pending appeal (07/01)

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals won't let the Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan reopen its off-reservation casino. The tribe asked for a stay of a federal judge's decision to shut down the facility...

Business group backs a Shinnecock Nation casino at racetrack (06/28)

The Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce says the Shinnecock Nation should build casino at the Belmont Park Raceway. The tribe has been considering several sites on Long Island, near its reservation. But there's been...

Poarch Creeks still thinking about off-reservation casino plans (06/27)

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians would like to open an off-reservation casino at its dog track in Alabama but plans are many years away. The tribe bought a controlling interest in the Mobile Greyhound...

Mississippi governor opposes Choctaw off-reservation casino (06/27)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians hasn't revived plans for an off-reservation casino but Gov. Haley Barbour (R) is already saying it's "not going to happen." The tribe already has 40 acres off the reservation...

Spokane Tribe promises millions from off-reservation casino (06/22)

The Spokane Tribe says its off-reservation casino will generate millions for the city of Airway Heights and Spokane County in Washington. The tribe will pay $600,000 in the first year of operation. Every year, the...

Jemez Pueblo optimistic for off-reservation gaming proposal (06/22)

Leaders of Jemez Pueblo promoted their off-reservation casino project at public forum in Anthony, New Mexico. The tribe wants to build a casino near Anthony, about 300 miles from the reservation. "We will bring everything...

Michigan governor rejects Little River off-reservation casino (06/21)

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) says he won't agree to an off-reservation casino for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. Last year, the tribe signed an amendment to its Class III gaming compact with...

WAMC: Off-reservation casinos still a dream for the Catskills (06/17)

"For years, there's been talk of the establishment of Indian-run casinos in the Catskills. It's been an unachievable goal, even though a 2001 decision in Albany allowed for the development of up to three such...

MPR: Tribes in Minnesota cautious of off-reservation gaming (06/16)

"A change in the way the federal government considers applications for Indian gaming casinos could pave the way to move more of them off of traditional reservations. The Obama administration said Tuesday it was lifting...

Lawsuit on Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino continues (06/16)

A federal judge says he will rule on two issues affecting the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino in Arizona. The tribe plans to open the West Valley Resort near Glendale. The land was acquired using...

Two Wisconsin tribes look to revive off-reservation casino bid (06/16)

Two Wisconsin tribes could revive their off-reservation casino now that the Obama administration has removed an obstacle in the process. The St. Croix Chippewa Tribe and the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians...

Menominee Nation eager to push off-reservation casino again (06/16)

The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin is ready to push for approval of an off-reservation casino now that the Obama administration has lifted one hurdle in the long process. The tribe's land-into-trust application was killed in...

Stockbridge-Munsee Band interested in off-reservation casino (06/16)

The Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin is still interested in an off-reservation casino in New York, President Kim Vele said. The tribe signed Class III gaming compact and a land claim settlement...

Jemez Pueblo benefits from change in off-reservation gaming (06/16)

Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico is already benefiting from a shift in off-reservation gaming policy at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The tribe submitted a land-into-trust application for casino in southern New Mexico. The site...

Massachusetts governor close to compromise on gaming bill (06/15)

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) said he is close to a compromise on a bill to legalize casino-style gambling. Patrick supports up to three casinos and slot machines at one racetrack, all of which would...

DOJ submits response to lawsuit over Cowlitz Tribe's casino (06/15)

The Department of Justice has responded to a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington from building a casino. The brief was submitted June 10, The Columbian reported. It defends a decision from...

Tribes hopeful with reversal on off-reservation gaming policy (06/15)

Tribes in New York and Wisconsin are hopeful that their off-reservation gaming proposals will get a fair shake with the Obama administration. In January 2008, the Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a "guidance memorandum" that...

Echo Hawk pulls controversial off-reservation gaming memo (06/14)

Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, has rescinded a controversial Bush administration memo that effectively killed off-reservation gaming. Echo Hawk told tribal leaders this morning at the National...

Fellow tribes against Jemez Pueblo off-reservation casino (06/13)

The New Mexico Indian Gaming Association is opposing the Jemez Pueblo off-reservation casino. NMIGA submitted comments to the draft environmental impact statement that was released by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Mark Chino, the president...

Report: Shinnecock Nation picks Long Island site for casino (06/13)

The Shinnecock Nation has picked a site on Long Island for a casino, The New York Post reports. The tribe wants to use an old cosmetics distribution center in Yaphank. The 29-acre site houses an...

Racetrack lobbyist criticizes report on Jemez Pueblo casino (06/10)

A lobbyist for a non-Indian racetrack says a draft environmental impact statement for the Jemez Pueblo off-reservation casino is biased and needs to be rewritten. Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino opposes the tribe's plan for...

Michigan man continues effort to lure off-reservation casino (06/09)

A Michigan man says he is still working to bring an off-reservation casino to Lansing, the state capital. Ted O’Dell of the Lansing Jobs Coalition started a petition to put an off-reservation casino on the...

New Mexico governor stays open to off-reservation casino (06/07)

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) isn't "convinced" that an off-reservation casino will be good for the state but she's keeping an open mind on the issue. Martinez, who took office in January, lives in...

BIA extends comment period on Jemez Pueblo casino plan (06/06)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has extended the comment period on a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Jemez Pueblo off-reservation casino. The BIA released the draft in April. Comments are being accepted until...

City hires two firms to fight Tohono O'odham Nation casino (06/01)

The city of Glendale, Arizona, has hired two lobbying firms -- in addition to a law firm -- to fight the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. The city is paying $6,000 a month to Policy...

Groups opposed to Jemez Pueblo off-reservation casino (05/31)

The New Mexico Horsemen's Association and the New Mexico Horse Breeders Association say the proposed Jemez Pueblo off-reservation casino will hurt the horse racing industry. Both groups submitted comments to the Bureau of Indian Affairs....

Mohegan Tribe committed to gaming site in Massachusetts (05/27)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut is committed to its gaming site in Massachusetts, an executive said. The tribe wants to build the Mohegan Sun Palmer in Palmer, in the western part of the state. Another...

Salt River Tribe opposes Tohono O'odham Nation casino bid (05/27)

Another Arizona tribe is opposing the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. The Gila River Indian Community filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs to stop the casino. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community...

Report: Residents discuss Shinnecock Nation's casino bid (05/24)

"Casino in Nassau County? The Shinnecock Indians have hopes to one day open their own casino somewhere on Long Island. In order for this tribe to open their own casino, they first need to receive...

Foes of Tohono O'odham Nation casino gather signatures (05/24)

The city of Glendale and the Gila River Indian Community are gathering signatures on a petition that opposes the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. The city and the tribe have formed a group called...

Mooretown Rancheria supports off-reservation gaming bill (05/16)

The Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians in California supports S.771, the Tribal Gaming Eligibility Act. The bill will stop "reservation shopping," according to the tribe. "We have a unique perspective on this issue because out-of-state...

City votes to appeal ruling in Tohono O'odham casino case (05/11)

The city council in Glendale, Arizona, voted to appeal another ruling in its bid to stop the Tohono O'odham Nation from building an off-reservation casino. The city claims it annexed portions of a 134-acre site...

Announcement expected for Shinnecock Nation casino plan (05/11)

An announcement is expected this morning for a Shinnecock Nation casino in Nassau County. The tribe has been considering several sites in the county. It looks like officials have settled on the Belmont Park Raceway....

BIA told two California tribes to expect approval of casinos (05/11)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs "privately" told two tribes to expect approval for their casino projects, The Contra Costa Times reports. The paper said the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians and the Scotts Valley Band...

Buena Vista Rancheria casino in limbo amid court challenge (05/09)

The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians has been trying to open a casino for more than 10 years and it looks like the tribe will be waiting even long as a lawsuit plays out...

DC Circuit revives lawsuit over Buena Vista Rancheria casino (05/06)

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today revived a lawsuit that challenges the casino plans of the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California. The tribe entered into a Class III gaming compact with...

Commentary: Kalispel Tribe nervous about Spokane casino (05/05)

"Nick Pierre can still taste it. Growing up as a Kalispel Indian — a tiny tribe with a tiny reservation in the impoverished northeast corner of Washington — he didn’t even have drinkable water on...

Tohono O'odham Nation casino on hold pending 9th Circuit (05/05)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona won't be able to start work on an off-reservation casino until the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals can resolve a legal dispute. In March, Judge David Campbell ruled that...

Kalispel Tribe worried about Spokane off-reservation casino (05/04)

In the history of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, only three tribes have opened an off-reservation casino under the two-part determination section of the law. The Kalispel Tribe of Washington is one of them. The...

Mixed rulings in Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino bid (05/04)

The Tohono O'odham Nation has won one ruling in state court and lost another in federal court for its bid for an off-reservation casino. The tribe won a critical Arizona Court of Appeals ruling yesterday...

Spokane Tribe gathering support for off-reservation casino (05/03)

The Spokane Tribe of Washington is announcing a group to support its off-reservation casino bid. Jamie SiJohn, the tribe’s public relations director, said more than 200 people are part of the group. The co-chairs are...

Shinnecock Nation said to be close to reaching casino deal (04/28)

The Shinnecock Nation could sign a casino agreement with Nassau County by the end of this week, Crain's New York Business reports. The memorandum of understanding would pave the way for casino development near the...

County official touts casino plan with Shinnecock Nation (04/27)

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said a casino with the Shinnecock Nation of New York is on the table. During his State of the County address on April 11. Mangano said the casino is one...

Illegitimate 'tribe' owes county $240K in failed casino bid (04/25)

A group called the Western Mohegan Tribe and Nation owes a county in New York $240,000 in back taxes in a failed casino bid. The illegitimate group vowed to build a casino, a farm, museum...

Bay Mills chairman says Little Traverse gaming in trouble (04/25)

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians is in financial trouble, the leader of another Michigan tribe said. The Little Traverse Bay Bands just lowered the legal gambling age from 21 to 19 and...

Group's website criticizes Spokane off-reservation casino (04/22)

A group called Citizens Against Casino Expansion has launched a website to oppose the Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino in Airway Heights, Washington. The group represents business owners who say the casino will hurt the area....

Tohono O'odham Nation open to deal tying casino to team (04/22)

The Tohono O'odham Nation is interested in investing in the Phoenix Coyotes but one local official doesn't want the tribe involved. The tribe says it will come to the table if the city of Glendale...

No applicants for state-owned casino in southeast Kansas (04/22)

No one has applied to run a state-owned casino in southeast Kansas, so the Kansas Lottery has extended deadline to July 21. State law authorizes a casino in either Crawford or Cherokee county. But a...

Letter: Objections to Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino (04/21)

"As a West Plains business owner and major employer, I am concerned with the significant policy implications the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino could have at the local, state and federal level. This casino would be...

Tohono O'odham Nation ready for ruling on casino project (04/21)

With the Obama administration poised to place 54 acres in trust for the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona, the tribe wants to know for certain whether gaming can occur on the land. The Bureau of...

Tohono O'odham Nation seeks gaming land determination (04/20)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona is asking the federal government to confirm that its land can be used for a casino. Generally, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act bars gaming on newly acquired land. But...

BIA still reviewing Soboba Band casino land-into-trust bid (04/19)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs plans to hold another public meeting on land-into-trust application submitted by the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians. The tribe wants 535 acres placed in trust. The existing Soboba Casino will...

Shinnecock Nation could pay $120M for land in casino deal (04/19)

The Shinnecock Nation of New York could pay $120 million for 40 acres in Long Island as part of a casino deal, WPIX-TV reports. The tribe is negotiating to buy land owned by Nassau County....

Shinnecock Nation close to deal for casino on Long Island (04/18)

The Shinnecock Nation of New York is close to a deal for a casino on Long Island, The New York Post reports. The paper said the tribe is working on a memorandum of understanding with...

Editorial: Jemez off-reservation casino deserves a chance (04/18)

"When the Jemez Pueblo of northern New Mexico announced plans in 2004 to build an off-reservation casino near Anthony, N.M., we were concerned that approval could open the floodgates for tribes and pueblos throughout New...

Column: Bay Mills chair eyes a new off-reservation casino (04/18)

"It might sound optimistic to the edge of delusional, but the longtime leader of the Bay Mills Indian Community says he expects the tribe will open a casino in Port Huron within the next 15...

Delaware Tribe reportedly interested in New Jersey casino (04/15)

The Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma is reportedly interested in opening a casino in New Jersey. Mahwah President John Roth said the tribe contacted developers in the town. “I was told that the tribe would have...

Judge won't issue stay for Bay Mills off-reservation casino (04/15)

The Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan won't be able to reopen its off-reservation casino as it pursues an appeal in the case. The tribe asked Judge Paul L. Mahoney for a stay but he...

Jemez Pueblo seeks meeting with governor on casino plan (04/14)

Leaders of Jemez Pueblo want to meet with New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) to discuss plans for an off-reservation casino. Martinez hasn't stated her position on the casino. Her approval is required because the...

Bill could affect Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation plan (04/13)

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona), who is retiring from Congress, is co-sponsoring a bill that could affect Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. S.771, the Tribal Gaming Eligibility Act, places restrictions on new casinos. The bill eliminates...

BIA releases report for Jemez Pueblo off-reservation casino (04/13)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has released a draft environmental impact statement for the off-reservation casino sought by Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico. The BIA will be holding a public meeting to discuss the draft...

Tea Party supports Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino (04/11)

The Glendale Tea Party Patriots are supporting the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. The group wants the city of Glendale to drop its lawsuit against the casino. The city has spent $1.3 million on the...

Jemez Pueblo expects BIA report for off-reservation casino (04/11)

Leaders of Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico believe the Bureau of Indian Affairs is about to issue a draft environmental impact statement for a proposed off-reservation casino. The BIA will hold public meetings at the...

City council puts an end to casino proposal with Guidiville Band (04/06)

The city council in Richmond, California, voted 5-2 to end discussions of a casino project with the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians. The tribe and its developer have spent $17 million so far on the...

DOJ opposes delay for Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino (04/06)

The Department of Justice says opponents of the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino are trying to win a lawsuit by default even after losing a ruling in the case. In March, a federal judge said...

Man gathers signatures to place off-reservation casino on ballot (04/05)

Ted O’Dell of the Lansing Jobs Coalition is still gathering signatures to put an off-reservation casino on the ballot in Lansing, Michigan. O’Dell hopes to gather more than 4,000 signatures. If he's successful, the issue...

BIA to declare reservation for Tohono O'odham Nation by May 16 (04/05)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs plans to declare a reservation for the Tohono O'odham Nation by May 16, a move that will enable the tribe to open a casino near Glendale, Arizona. A decision is...

Column: Bay Mills Indian Community ready to battle for casino (04/04)

"Last week, the chief judge of the federal courts in Grand Rapids ordered the Bay Mills Chippewa to close an unlicensed casino near Interstate 75 in Vanderbilt. "Little Traverse Bay has clearly established a substantial...

Spokane Chair: Off-reservation casino a step forward for region (04/04)

"From time immemorial, the Spokane Tribe of Indians lived and raised families across the many miles of the Spokane River Basin, including the current city lands of Spokane and Airway Heights. This region makes up...

Column: Down but not out for a Bay Mills off-reservation casino (04/01)

"After a decade-long struggle, Port Huron's dream of landing a casino on the city's waterfront just went up in smoke again. Or did it? The Bay Mills Indian Community and casino developer Mike Malik were...

Bay Mills Indian Community to appeal decision against casino (03/31)

The Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan will ask the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals for permission to reopen its off-reservation casino. The tribe shut down its casino in Vanderbilt on Tuesday. A federal judge...

Bay Mills Indian Community closes its off-reservation casino (03/30)

The Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan shut down its off-reservation casino on Tuesday after a federal judge said it was operating illegally. The tribe opened the casino in Vanderbilt last November. It drew immediate...

Judge orders Bay Mills to stop running off-reservation casino (03/29)

UPDATE: An employee told The Port Huron Times that the casino has been closed. A federal judge has given Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan until noon to close its off-reservation casino. Judge Paul Maloney...

Cowlitz Tribe and city eager to negotiate agreement for casino (03/28)

The Cowlitz Tribe and the city of La Center, Washington, are eager to discuss plans for a casino. Chairman Bill Iyall said its relationship with the city will be "mutually beneficial.” “The prospects of the...

Investor sues Seneca Nation and gaming firm for failed casino (03/25)

An investor is suing the Seneca Nation and a gaming firm over a failed off-reservation casino in New York. The tribe and Rotate Black Gaming partnered to open a casino in the Catskills region near...

City appeals decision favoring Tohono O'odham Nation casino (03/24)

The city council in Glendale, Arizona, has filed an appeal in its Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino case. Judge David Campbell ruled that the Bureau of Indian Affairs can place 54 acres in trust for...

Judge promises a ruling 'soon' in Bay Mills off-reservation suit (03/24)

A federal judge heard arguments on Wednesday in a lawsuit aimed at closing the Bay Mills Indian Community off-reservation casino. Judge Paul Maloney didn't make a ruling but he promised one "soon," according to news...

Judge holds hearing for Bay Mills off-reservation casino case (03/23)

A federal judge promised a quick ruling in a lawsuit that seeks to force the the Bay Mills Indian Community to shut down its off-reservation casino in Michigan. The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa...

Cowlitz casino lawsuit is first test of Supreme Court decision (03/21)

Indian Country is paying close attention to a new lawsuit aimed at stopping the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington from building a casino. The tribe gained federal recognition in 2000. But in a record of decision,...

Rhode Island includes Narragansett Tribe for study on gaming (03/18)

The Rhode Island Lottery has put out a "request for information" to study gaming options in the state, The Providence Journal reports. The study will examine whether it is feasible for the Narragansett Tribe to...

Blog: City spends $1.3M to fight Tohono O'odham Nation casino (03/16)

"Tohono O'odham Nation is a native band that is planning to build a casino inside Glendale’s city limits. The city spent the last two years and $1.3-million (and counting) fighting Tohono O’odham in court. And...

Business coalition opposes Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino (03/15)

Some businesses have formed a coalition to oppose the Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino in Airway Heights, Washington. Irv Zakheim, the owner of a manufacturing company, is leading the effort. He said the community already has...

Some residents urge city to drop Tohono O'odham casino appeal (03/15)

Some residents of Glendale, Arizona, want to the city to stop fighting the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. The city is suing the Bureau of Indian Affairs to block the tribe's land-into-trust application. A federal...

Judge sets hearing in case for Pechanga Band gaming agreement (03/14)

A federal judge will hold a hearing on April 11 in a gaming dispute between the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and the city of Temecula, California. The tribe agreed to pay the city about...

Tohono O'odham Nation awaits decision on off-reservation casino (03/14)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona is waiting on the Bureau of Indian Affairs to place 54 acres in trust for an off-reservation casino. But when exactly will that happen? The Arizona Republic asked two...

New lobbyist to help Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe with casino plan (03/11)

With gaming plans in limbo at the state and federal level, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts has hired a new lobbyist with big political ties. Former Rep. William Delahunt (D-Massachusetts), who left Congress earlier...

City paves way for a final decision on Guidiville Band casino plan (03/10)

The city council in Richmond, California, has paved the way for a final decision on a casino for the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians. The council voted 4-1 to certify the environmental impact statement and...

Stockbridge Munsee Band still working for off-reservation casino (03/10)

The Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin is still hoping to build an off-reservation casino in New York. The tribe thought the Obama administration supported a Class III compact and land claim settlement...

City changes mind and votes to work with Cowlitz Tribe on casino (03/10)

The city council in La Center, Washington, reversed course and voted 4-1 to work with the Cowlitz Tribe on a casino. A resolution approved Wednesday night calls on the city to engage in "government-to-government relations"...

Guidiville Band closer to winning city approval for gaming report (03/09)

The city council in Richmond, California, is poised to approve a casino report for the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians, The San Francisco Chronicle reports. The council held public hearings to discuss the environmental impact...

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe makes another go at off-reservation casino (03/09)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is making another go at an off-reservation casino in Romulus, Michigan. The tribe has partnered with Michael Sawruk on the project. Chairman Joe McCoy says the deal...

City to consider resolution to work with Cowlitz Tribe on casino (03/07)

The city of La Center, Washington, is considering a resolution to change its stance on the Cowlitz Tribe casino project. The city passed a resolution in May 2007 that objected to the Cowlitz Casino Resort....

Mohegan Tribe scaling back plans for a casino in Massachusetts (03/04)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut is still interested in a casino in Massachusetts but the facility won't be as big as originally envisioned. The tribe says the economic climate is dictating plans for the project....

Caesar's Entertainment interested in Rhode Island casino option (03/04)

Caesar's Entertainment wants to build a casino in Rhode Island, although working with the Narragansett Tribe might not be the easiest option, a top executive said. Jan Jones, the senior vice president of government relations...

Despite rejection, Sen. Schumer wants an off-reservation casino (03/04)

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) still an off-reservation casino in the Catskills even after the Bureau of Indian Affairs rejected a deal for the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians. Schumer supported the Stockbridge Munsee...

Judge rejects lawsuit on Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino (03/04)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona is a step closer to an off-reservation casino after a federal judge rejected a lawsuit aimed at stopping the project. Judge David Campbell said the Bureau of Indian Affairs...

Narragansett Tribe pitches gaming idea to Rhode Island governor (03/03)

Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas of the Narragansett Tribe met with Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) on Wednesday to discuss gaming. The tribe wants to buy Twin River Casino, a slot machine facility, and convert...

Rhode Island governor backtracks on Narragansett gaming idea (03/02)

After saying he was open to the idea of a Narragansett Tribe casino, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) said he wants the state to study all of its gaming options. The tribe is floating...

BIA approves compact for Warm Springs off-reservation casino (03/01)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has deemed approved a compact for the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon. The compact authorizes an off-reservation casino for the tribe. It only becomes effective if...

Fort Sill Apache Tribe still waiting on gaming at New Mexico site (02/28)

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma is still waiting to find out whether it can offer gaming at a site in New Mexico. The tribe offered paper bingo at the Apache Homelands Entertainment Center...

City council holds public hearing on Guidiville Band casino plan (02/25)

The city council in Richmond, California, held a public hearing this week as it decides the fate of a casino for the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians. City leaders will vote whether to accept a...

Warm Springs Tribes wait for answer on off-reservation casino (02/25)

The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon hopes to receive an answer on its off-reservation casino later this spring. But even if the Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes the environmental impact statement,...

Another tribe opposes Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino (02/24)

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has joined opposition to the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. The Salt River Tribe says the proposed casino will violate the tribal-state gaming compact. It will also lead to...

Tribal gaming group remains neutral in off-reservation debate (02/23)

The Arizona Indian Gaming Association is staying out of the debate over the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. AIGA's membership includes the Tohono O'odham Nation but also the Gila River Indian Community. The tribes are...

BIA rejects deal for Stockbridge-Munsee off-reservation casino (02/22)

As expected, the Bureau of Indian Affairs rejected a compact to authorize an off-reservation casino for the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin. The tribe signed the compact with former New York governor...

Judge vows ruling on Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino (02/18)

A federal judge plans to issue a ruling in the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino case in the "next few weeks," The Arizona Republic reported. Judge David Campbell heard from the city of Glendale and...

Judge hears suit over Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino (02/17)

A federal judge will hear arguments today in a lawsuit against the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. The plaintiffs are the Gila River Indian Community and five of its members, the city of Glendale and...

BIA to reject Stockbridge-Munsee off-reservation casino deal (02/17)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will reject an off-reservation casino for the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin, The Middletown Times Herald Record reports. The paper said the BIA informed the tribe earlier...

New angle in feud over Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino (02/16)

A new lawsuit takes a different approach to the battle over the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says the tribe's plan violates Proposition 202, an Indian gaming referendum that voters...

Another suit filed over Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino (02/15)

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has filed a lawsuit in hopes of stopping the Tohono O'odham Nation from building an off-reservation casino. Horne claims the tribe misled voters during the campaign for Proposition 202, an...

Editorial: Separate gaming from Indian land claim settlements (02/14)

"Former Gov. David Paterson’s settlement agreement that gave an out-of-state Native American nation the state’s blessing to open a casino in the Castkills was flawed in many ways, and fortunately, it looks as if federal...

Editorial: Reject Stockbridge-Munsee off-reservation casino bid (02/14)

"Washington has turned thumbs-down on a deal — secretly negotiated and signed by Gov. David Paterson in the waning days of his term — for an Indian-run casino in the Catskills. Much as the long-distressed...

Warm Springs Tribes to relocate casino to a temporary location (02/11)

The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon will close an existing casino and open a temporary one in hopes of generating more revenue. The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Casino will be relocated to...

BIA likely to reject Stockbridge-Munsee off-reservation casino (02/11)

It looks like the Obama administration will reject an off-reservation casino for the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin. The tribe submitted a Class III gaming compact to the Bureau of Indian Affairs....

Tohono O'odham Nation sues Arizona over land annexation law (02/11)

The Tohono O'odham Nation has sued the state of Arizona over a new law aimed at stopping the tribe's off-reservation casino. The law allows the city of Glendale to annex the tribe's land without the...

Editorial: Another off-reservation casino proposal bites the dust (02/10)

"That didn't take long. The Bridgeville casino planned by a Western New York Indian tribe apparently never had any chance of opening because the federal government would not approve the convoluted land swap to make...

Judge sets hearing in Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino bid (02/10)

A federal judge will hold a hearing next Thursday, February 17, in the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino casino. The city of Glendale and the Gila River Indian Community are suing the Bureau of Indian...

Editorial: Demanding answers from BIA on Cowlitz casino project (02/09)

"Jaime Herrera Beutler wasted little time tackling one of the most important issues in the 3rd Congressional District. Less than one month on the job as U.S. Representative, Herrera Beutler challenged the Bureau of Indian...

Stockbridge-Munsee Band accuses DOI of 'about-face' on casino (02/09)

An off-reservation casino in New York was on its way to gaining approval before the Interior Department did an "about-face," according to the leader of the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin. The...

Stockbridge-Munsee off-reservation casino facing big odds at DOI (02/08)

It looks like the Obama administration is raising serious doubts about the off-reservation casino proposed by the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin. The tribe signed a Class III gaming compact and a...

Michigan man continues push for off-reservation casino in Lansing (02/08)

A Michigan man continues to gather signatures for an off-reservation casino in Lansing even though no tribe has expressed interest in the idea. Ted O’Dell of the Lansing Jobs Coalition says a temporary casino could...

Rep. Herrera Beutler questions BIA about Cowlitz casino approval (02/08)

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Washington) wants to know why the Bureau of Indian Affairs approved a casino for the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington. A February 1 letter accuses the BIA of adopting a "very aggressive,...

Oneida Nation launches ad campaign against off-reservation casino (02/07)

The Oneida Nation of New York is running a television ad campaign that targets the off-reservation casino proposed by the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin. The ad, titled "Shameful," claims Sen. Chuck...

Spokane Tribe waits for answer from BIA on off-reservation casino (02/04)

The Spokane Tribe of Washington is waiting for the Bureau of Indian Affairs to make a decision on an off-reservation casino. The tribe submitted a land-into-trust application for 145 acres in Airway Heights. If approved,...

New Mexico governor open to Jemez Pueblo off-reservation casino (02/03)

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) hasn't taken a position about an off-reservation casino in the southern part of the state. Jemez Pueblo wants to build a casino in Anthony, near the Texas border. The...

Stockbridge-Munsee Band defends Catskills off-reservation casino (02/03)

The Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin continues to face opposition to its off-reservation casino in New York. But President Kimberly Vele said the tribe doesn't plan on renegotiating a Class III gaming...

Tohono O'odham Nation pushes for ruling on off-reservation casino (02/03)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona is facing some big deadlines in its quest for an off-reservation casino. The tribe's land-into-trust application was approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. But a lawsuit by the...

City staying away from litigation over Cowlitz Tribe casino project (02/02)

One community is staying out of litigation that seeks to stop the Cowlitz Tribe from opening a casino in Washington. The city of La Center could join the case at a later date, Mayor Jim...

Arizona governor signs Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino bill (02/02)

As expected, Arizona Gov. Jon Brewer (R) signed into law a bill that seeks stop the the Tohono O'odham Nation from opening an off-reservation casino. The bill allows the city of Glendale to annex the...

Sault Tribe won't pursue off-reservation casino after voter rejection (02/01)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians won't be pursuing an off-reservation casino in Romulus, Michigan. Tribal members voted 2,986 to 1,864 against the project. "The board respects tribal membership’s right to vote and...

Lawsuit filed to stop Cowlitz Tribe casino land-into-trust application (02/01)

A lawsuit was filed in federal court to stop the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington from opening a casino. The plaintiffs are Clark County, the city of Vancouver, two property owners, an anti-gaming group and four...

BIA takes public comment on Big Sandy Rancheria casino project (01/31)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will hold a public meeting this Wednesday to discuss the casino proposed by the Big Sandy Rancheria of Western Mono Indians in California. The tribe plans to build a $250...

Litigation expected to delay Cowlitz casino by at least 18 months (01/28)

Litigation will delay a casino for the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington by at least 18 months, the tribe's partner said. Officials in Clark County are going to sue the Bureau of Indian Affairs for approving...

Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino bill being sent to governor (01/27)

Arizona Gov. Jon Brewer (R) is expected to sign a bill that seeks stop the the Tohono O'odham Nation from opening an off-reservation casino. The Arizona Senate passed the bill on Wednesday, a day after...

Clock ticks on Stockbridge Munsee off-reservation casino compact (01/26)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has until February 19 to review a Class III gaming compact for the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin. The tribe plans to open an off-reservation casino in...

Anti-casino group urges California governor to fight Graton casino (01/26)

A group that's been fighting the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria wants new California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to join the battle against the tribe's casino. The Stop the Casino 101 Coalition says Brown shouldn't...

Lawmakers pass Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino bill (01/26)

The Arizona House voted 39-21 to pass HB 2534, a bill that seeks to stop the the Tohono O'odham Nation from opening an off-reservation casino. The vote broke down largely along party lines. All Republicans...

Lawmakers take up Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino bills (01/25)

Lawmakers in Arizona are debating bills this afternoon in hopes of stopping the Tohono O'odham Nation from opening an off-reservation casino. The House and the Senate have fast-tracked bills that would allow the city of...

Land-into-trust issues cloud gaming plans for at least two tribes (01/25)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, will open its first casino on February 11 but land-into-trust issues could affect future gaming plans. The Bureau of Indian...

Editorial: County made right call to challenge Cowlitz Tribe casino (01/21)

"week when they voted unanimously to appeal the federal decision that would allow the Cowlitz Tribe to establish a reservation near La Center and build a megacasino. That Dec. 23 decision came from the Bureau...

Lawmakers target Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino (01/21)

Lawmakers in Arizona are once again trying to stop the Tohono O'odham Nation from opening an off-reservation casino. A bill in the House and the Senate would allow the city of Glendale to annex the...

Hearing set in Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino suit (01/20)

A federal judge is expected to hold a hearing in the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino on February 17. The city of Glendale and the Gila River Indian Community are suing the Bureau of Indian...

Enterprise Rancheria waiting for BIA decision on casino proposal (01/13)

The Enterprise Rancheria of California is still waiting for the Bureau of Indian Affairs to make a decision on its proposed casino. The tribe plans to build a casino, hotel and other amenities on a...

Stockbridge Munsee off-reservation gaming compact sent to BIA (01/13)

A Class III gaming compact for the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin has reportedly been submitted to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The BIA has 45 days to review the deal, which...

Tohono O'odham Nation updates plans for off-reservation casino (01/13)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona updated plans for its off-reservation casino. The tribe made a number of changes to its original proposal. For example, the casino portion of the West Valley Resort will...

County votes to file lawsuit against Cowlitz Tribe casino approval (01/13)

Commissioners in Clark County, Washington, voted 3-0 on Wednesday to file a lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs for approving a casino for the Cowlitz Tribe. The lawsuit will be the first major of...

New York governor urged to put brakes on off-reservation casino (01/12)

Commercial gaming interests are urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to reconsider an off-reservation casino for the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin. The tribe reached a land claim settlement and gaming...

County considers possible appeal against Cowlitz Tribe casino bid (01/12)

Commissioners in Clark County, Washington, are considering their options after the Cowlitz Tribe won final Bureau of Indian Affairs approval for a casino. The county asked its attorneys to review the record of decision on...

Mohegan Tribe welcomes land-into-trust ruling for Cowlitz casino (01/11)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut is finally seeing some movement on its out-of-state investments. The tribe plans to develop and manage a casino for the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington. The Bureau of Indian Affairs finally...

BIA puts hold on all two-part off-reservation casino applications (01/10)

The Obama administration has put a hold on all two-part determination applications for off-reservation casinos. There are currently nine pending applications, some dating back nearly a decade. But the Bureau of Indian Affairs won't make...

Editorial: Let the dust settle in battle over off-reservation casino (01/10)

"Don’t bring to the Flint area a high-stakes gamble and ensuing lawsuits over Indian casinos. We simply can’t afford an expensive, local legal fight. That’s despite the desire of some people for the tourism and...

Little Traverse lawsuit cites 'devastating impact' from rival casino (01/06)

An off-reservation casino operated by a rival tribe will have a "devastating impact" on the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Chairman Ken Harrington said. Harrington's tribe has sued the Bay Mills Indian Community...

Michigan man seeks support for off-reservation casino in Lansing (01/06)

A Michigan man is trying to build support for an off-reservation casino in Lansing, the state capital. Ted O’Dell founded the Lansing Jobs Coalition with the hopes of putting a casino referendum on the ballot...

Sault Tribe asks members to approve off-reservation casino plan (01/05)

Members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians are being asked to approve plans for an off-reservation casino in Romulus, Michigan. Chairman Darwin "Joe" McCoy said the tribe is working with developers to...

Seneca Nation pushes rejection of Catskills off-reservation casino (01/04)

The Seneca Nation of New York is urging the Obama administration to reject an off-reservation casino for the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin. The Senecas say the Mohicans aren't entitled to a...

Editorial: Waiting for other shoe to drop on off-reservation casino (01/04)

"Now that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has granted permission to the Cowlitz Tribe to establish a reservation and build a casino near La Center, Northwesterners should hope the proverbial other shoe doesn’t fall before...
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