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BIA gives Michigan more time for KBIC off-reservation casino (12/21)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is giving Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) more time to consider the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community off-reservation casino. The BIA approved the casino plan in December 2011 under the two-part...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe given 'last shot' to pursue casino (12/19)

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

Judge holds hearing in gaming rights lawsuit in Massachusetts (12/18)

A federal judge heard from the state of Massachusetts, two tribes, a town government, a taxpayer group and a non-Indian developer during a hearing into a gaming rights lawsuit on Monday. H.3702 authorized three casinos...

Menominee Nation faces a 'high bar' for off-reservation casino (12/18)

Menominee Nation Chairman Craig Corn said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has toughened the criteria for off-reservation gaming without telling the tribe. The tribe wants to open a casino in Kenosha , about 200 miles...

United Auburn Indian Community also sues to stop new casino (12/18)

The United Auburn Indian Community filed a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Enterprise Rancheria from opening an off-reservation casino. The Auburn Community says the new development will draw revenues from the Thunder Valley Casino. The...

Cachil Dehe Band files suit to halt Enterprise Rancheria casino (12/17)

The Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians, also known as the Colusa Indian Community, filed a lawsuit in federal court on Friday in hopes of stopping the Enterprise Rancheria from opening an off-reservation casino. The...

Wisconsin governor discusses off-reservation gaming criteria (12/17)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) explained his criteria for approving off-reservation gaming projects. He said the local community must support the project and that there must be "consensus" among the 11 tribes in the state....

Group opposing off-reservation casinos won't name backers (12/14)

A new group that is running ads against off-reservation casinos won't name its backers. Enough Already WI! launched its campaign last month. The group says 24 casinos is enough for Wisconsin but won't say who...

Opinion: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe wrong on casino outlook (12/14)

"As I read Cedric Cromwell's letter ("Tribal casino will benefit everyone," Dec. 11 Your View), I became very concerned with some of his statements. Not surprised, but very concerned. He seems to either not understand...

Judge to hear from parties in Massachusetts gaming law case (12/13)

A court hearing on Monday looks to be a busy affair as a federal judge sorts out a gaming dispute in Massachusetts. K.G. Urban Enterprises, a non-Indian developer, sued the state in order to compete...

Muscogee Nation won't take over controversial casino project (12/12)

The Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma won't be taking over a controversial casino project. Tribal leaders voted 7-2 against an agreement to share a casino with the Kialegee Tribal Town. The deal promised the Creeks 70...

Massachusetts gaming panel to consider other bids for casino (12/12)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission agreed to consider bids for a casino that is supposed to be reserved for "a federally recognized tribe." The commission will accept applications -- including a $400,000 non-refundable fee -- from...

Winnebago Tribe outlines plan for commercial casino in Iowa (12/11)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska outlined plans for a $122 million casino and hotel in Sioux City, Iowa. The Warrior Casino & Hotel will feature a 291,000 square-foot hotel and casino with 800 slot...

Former chair of Little Traverse Band opposes gaming project (12/11)

The former chairman of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians is opposing his tribe's plans for a second casino in Michigan. Ken Harrington, who was recalled from office in 2011, told the Mackinaw...

Muscogee Nation committee to take up disputed casino plan (12/11)

Leaders of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma could approve a casino deal by the end of the week, The Tulsa World reports. The tribe is being asked to operate a casino on an Indian allotment...

Letter: Community needs Menominee off-reservation casino (12/10)

"Why would anybody be against a small casino in Kenosha? We need the jobs, taxes and revenue! Wake up people! Politicians, you are not forced to go to gamble. Gambling is a personal choice. Whatever...

Cedric Cromwell: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on casino path (12/10)

"The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe very much appreciates the concern that some officials have expressed about any potential delays in developing a resort casino in southeastern Massachusetts. We share the Gaming Commission's desire to see real...

Developers ask Muscogee Nation to revive disputed casino bid (12/07)

The developers behind a disputed casino want the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma to take over the project. The Kialegee Tribal Town announced plans for the Red Clay Casino on an allotment near Tulsa. A federal...

Massachusetts could end up with four casinos instead of three (12/07)

Massachusetts could end up with four casinos instead of the three that are envisioned by the state's gaming law. H.3702 authorizes three casinos in different regions of the state. Region C -- the southeastern part...

State calls Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's casino the 'first option' (12/06)

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) says the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe should be the "first option" for a casino in the southeastern region of the state. H.3702 authorizes three casinos in different regions of the state....

Ho-Chunk Nation off-reservation casino moves a step forward (12/05)

The process will take years but the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin is seeing movement on its off-reservation casino application. The tribe wants to build a casino in Beloit. As part of the process, the Bureau...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe asserts exclusive rights for casino (12/05)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is asserting exclusive rights to a casino in southeastern Massachusetts amid threats of competition. H.3702, the state's gaming law, authorizes three casinos in different regions. Region C is supposed to be...

North Fork Rancheria clears a hurdle for off-reservation casino (12/04)

The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians is on track to build an off-reservation casino in California. After starting work on the project in 2003, the tribe won Bureau of Indian Affairs approval of its...

Enterprise Rancheria takes big step forward for gaming project (12/04)

The Enterprise Rancheria of California cleared a major hurdle in its decade-long quest to build an off-reservation casino. The tribe signed agreements with Yuba County and the city of Marysville back in 2002. After a...

Colorado group claims to be talking to tribes about casino plan (12/03)

A group of non-Indian developers claims to be talking to tribes about a plan for an off-reservation casino. The Sleeping Giant Group wants to open a casino in the northwestern part of the state. The...

Michigan asks Supreme Court to hear Bay Mills gaming lawsuit (12/03)

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an Indian gaming lawsuit involving the Bay Mills Indian Community. The state sued the tribe for opening an casino on a recently...

BIA to hold hearing on Ho-Chunk Nation off-reservation casino (12/03)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will hold a public hearing next week on the proposed Ho-Chunk Nation off-reservation casino. The tribe wants to build a casino in Beloit, Wisconsin The land-into-trust application covers 33 acres....

BIA backs land-into-trust applications for casinos in California (12/03)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved two land-into-trust applications for two off-reservation casinos in California. The BIA agreed to place about 40 acres in trust for the Enterprise Rancheria. The site is about 32 miles...

New group looks to block off-reservation casinos in Wisconsin (11/30)

A new group called Enough Already WI! launched a campaign against off-reservation casinos. Eleven tribes currently operate 24 gaming facilities. The group's rallying call is based on that number. “Wisconsin has an abundance of gaming...

Los Coyotes Band presses BIA for off-reservation casino ruling (11/29)

The Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians in California is still waiting for an answer on its off-reservation casino. Tribal leaders and officials from the city of Barstow met Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn,...

Mashpee Wampanoag chair says fix not needed for casino site (11/29)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts doesn't need a fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar to open a casino, Chairman Cedric Cromwell said. The decision restricts the land-into-trust process to...

Little River Band not giving up on off-reservation gaming plan (11/28)

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is still pursuing an off-reservation casino in Michigan, reassuring residents who have been confused by another potential development near the proposed site. The tribe owns 223 acres in...

Sault Tribe reaches agreements for potential gaming location (11/26)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians has reached two agreements for a potential casino in Huron, Michigan. The tribe and the town signed an intergovermental agreement to recognize seven acres as Indian land....

Tribes aim to influence vote in off-reservation gaming dispute (11/20)

The Tohono O'odham Nation and the Gila River Indian Community spent $235,000 to influence voters in Glendale, Arizona. The Tohono O'odham Nation plans to build a casino near Glendale. The tribe spent $70,000 on city...

Lawmakers eye deadline on Mashpee Wampanoag casino bid (11/20)

Some Massachusetts lawmakers plan to submit legislation to impose a deadline on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino. The tribe met a July 31 deadline to negotiate a Class III gaming compact. But the deal was...

Fort Sill Apache Tribe waits for answer on New Mexico casino (11/19)

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma is hopeful for approval of a casino on its reservation in southern New Mexico. The tribe has a 30-acre reservation but efforts to start gaming there have been...

Winnebago Tribe partners with Shakopee Tribe for gaming bid (11/16)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota are working together on a commercial casino in Iowa. Ho-Chunk Inc, the Winnebago Tribe's economic development corporation, submitted a bid for the...

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe reportedly withdraws casino application (11/16)

The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma has reportedly withdrawn a land-into-trust application for a new casino. The tribe acquired a 33-acre site in 2007 and announced plans for a $60 million gaming facility. But the Bureau...

Menominee Nation hails action on off-reservation gaming bid (11/15)

The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin is closer to a decision on its off-reservation casino, Chairman Craig Corn said. Corn told The Kenosha Gazette that the Midwest regional office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs approved...

Soo Tribe waits to submit land-into-trust application for casino (11/14)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is waiting on the resolution of a lawsuit before submitting a land-into-trust application for an off-reservation casino in Michigan. The tribe recently acquired land in downtown...

Sault Tribe asks court to dismiss lawsuit against casino project (11/13)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at blocking its proposed off-reservation casino in Lansing, Michigan. The tribe recently acquired a site in...

Tribes in Oregon going to battle over new casino developments (11/12)

Tribes in Oregon were united in their opposition to a non-Indian casino that was rejected at the polls but they aren't on the same side when it comes to their own developments. The Confederated Tribes...

Developer stays with 'Hard Rock' name for proposed Iowa casino (11/09)

A development company is sticking with "Hard Rock" for its proposed casino in Iowa. Warner Gaming, a Las Vegas developer, submitted a bid for a $118.5 million Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in downtown Sioux...

Winnebago Tribe submits bid for a commercial casino in Iowa (11/06)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska met a deadline on Monday to bid for a commercial casino in Iowa. Ho-Chunk Inc, the tribe's economic development corporation, is proposing a $120 million investment in the Warrior Casino...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe borrows more in quest for casino (11/06)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts has borrowed another $13 million in its quest for a casino, according to news reports. The tribe now owes nearly $40 million to its backer as bills for lawyers,...

California tribes await state action on off-reservation casinos (11/05)

Two California tribes made history when their off-reservation casinos were approved by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) in September but they are still waiting for legislative approval of their Class III gaming compacts. The Enterprise Rancheria...

Soo Tribe acquires land for temporary off-reservation casino (11/02)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians acquired a site in Lansing, Michigan, for a temporary off-reservation casino. The tribe paid $280,000, plus $9,000 in closing costs, for the parcel in downtown Lansing....

Pokagon Band playing down plans for casino on site in Indiana (11/02)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians says its plans for Indiana are not only about gaming. The tribe wants to provide a home for 600 members who live in South Bend, Indiana. A land-into-trust application...

Officials want BIA to end Spokane off-reservation casino deal (11/02)

Two local officials are asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs to overturn a deal affecting the Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino project. The 2010 agreement bars Spokane County from taking a public position on the casino....

Announcement set on Sault Tribe off-reservation casino project (11/01)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will make an announcement today regarding its off-reservation casino in Lansing, Michigan. The tribe, the city and developers faced a November 1 deadline to reach a...

Little River Band blames governor for holding back casino plans (11/01)

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians says Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is putting jobs and economic development at risk by refusing to agree to an off-reservation casino. The tribe wants to build...

Winnebago Tribe preparing to submit bid for commercial casino (10/31)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is preparing to submit its application for a commercial casino in Iowa. Ho-Chunk Inc, the tribe's economic development corporation, plans to build a $110 million casino in downtown Sioux City....

Law Article: New gaming developments face scrutiny in Oregon (10/31)

"Oregon currently has nine tribal casinos. A race is on to build new casinos to capture the Portland and Medford markets. The stakes are high - casino backers project $400 million in adjusted gross revenue...

Colorado communities welcome off-reservation gaming bids (10/29)

Leaders in two northwestern Colorado communities see off-reservation gaming as a way to boost the local economy. The Ute Tribe of Utah is considering a casino near the town of Dinosaur. Officials there participated in...

Coquille Tribe also against non-Indian casino project in Oregon (10/23)

The Coquille Tribe is encouraging voters to reject a non-Indian casino even though the backers of the project have suspended their campaign. The tribe, along with others in Oregon, opposes The Grange Casino. The backers...

Opinion: Let county talk about Spokane off-reservation casino (10/22)

"County Commissioner Al French should be congratulated for exposing the absurdity of the muzzle that has been placed on the Spokane County commissioners in regard to the Spokane Tribe’s casino project. For reasons that escape...

Sault Tribe still working on land deal for off-reservation casino (10/18)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians faces a November 1 deadline to acquire land for an off-reservation casino in Lansing, Michigan. The tribe, the city and developers have been working on a deal...

Litigation over Cowlitz Tribe's casino land application drags on (10/17)

Litigation over the proposed Cowlitz Tribe casino is reaching the two year mark, The Columbian reports. There have been no major hearings or decisions in the case, which was filed in January 2011 after the...

Backers of non-Indian casino in Oregon ending their campaign (10/17)

The backers of a non-Indian casino in Oregon are ending their campaign after acknowledging the project would fail at the polls in November. “Despite the enthusiasm that has greeted us as we literally made our...

Opinion: A muzzle on Spokane Tribe off-reservation gaming bid (10/15)

"The greatest responsibility of any elected official is to carefully research, consider and facilitate debate about the most important issues affecting our community. Today, one of Spokane County’s most critical issues is the Spokane Tribe...

Winnebago Tribe proposes $110M commercial casino in Iowa (10/12)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is proposing a $110 million commercial casino in downtown Sioux City, Iowa. Ho-Chunk Inc, the tribe's economic development corporation, formed a new company to bid for the license. Two options...

Coquille Tribe planning only Class II gaming for second facility (10/12)

The Coquille Tribe of Oregon says its second casino will only offer Class II gaming. The tribe recently acquired properties in Medford for the proposed casino. The plan has stirred controversy but a spokesperson was...

BIA urged to deny Pokagon Band casino application in Indiana (10/11)

A state lawmaker says the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians should not be able to open a casino in Indiana. Rep. Scott Pelath (D), the assistant House Democratic leader, said Indiana's gaming market is already...

Mohegan Tribe stands behind casino project in Massachusetts (10/11)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut reaffirmed its plan to bid for a commercial casino in Massachusetts. The tribe hasn't submitted a $400,000 fee to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The deadline is January 15, 2013. "We...

Lac du Flambeau Band planning a $50M off-reservation casino (10/10)

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians wants to build a $50 million off-reservation casino in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. The tribe is getting ready to submit a land-into-trust application to the Bureau of...

Kialegee Tribal Town wants 10th Circuit to rule in gaming case (10/10)

The Kialegee Tribal Town of Oklahoma is asking the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to review a gaming case. The tribe wants to open the Red Clay Casino on an Indian allotment. But Judge Gregory...

Obama administration supports Cowlitz Tribe's gaming project (10/09)

The Obama administration reaffirmed its support for the proposed Cowlitz Tribe casino in Washington. In a motion filed in court last Friday, government attorneys said the Cowlitz can follow the land-into-trust process even though the...

OPB: Voters asked to approve non-Indian casino in November (10/08)

"In Oregon, a trip to the casino often means a journey to one of Oregon's nine tribal nations. Now, a group of developers hopes to break that monopoly. They envision a new multi-use casino and...

Indian gaming industry enters uncharted territory in Northeast (10/04)

For years, tribal casinos in Connecticut were the only game in town but that's changing with new options in the Northeast. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe were hit hard by the...

Opinion: Spokane Tribe's off-reservation casino deserves a shot (10/01)

"It is sad that arguably the largest privately funded economic development project to come to Spokane in decades has been turned into a political football by those who appear to have huge conflicts of interest....

BIA hosts meeting on Pokagon Band casino-land-into-trust bid (09/28)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs held a public hearing on the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians land-into-trust application. The tribe submitted an application for a 164-acre site near South Bend, Indiana. Although the primary purpose...

Column: Off-reservation casino an issue for county's election (09/27)

"One of Southern California's most interesting local races in the runup to the election is taking place in San Bernardino's third Supervisorial District, where Democrat James Ramos is working to unseat incumbent Republican Neil Derry....

City spends $3.2M in losing case over Tohono O'odham casino (09/27)

The city of Glendale, Arizona, has spent $3.2 million losing a lawsuit against the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. And the city plans to spend even more money. The council voted to continue the litigation...

Little Traverse Bay Bands tout jobs and development for casino (09/26)

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Michigan will create 180 jobs with a new casino, Chairman Dexter McNamara said. The tribe plans a $26 million casino in Mackinaw City. McNamara said construction...

Ute Tribe still working on off-reservation casino bid in Colorado (09/26)

The Ute Tribe of Utah is still working on plans for an off-reservation casino in Colorado. The tribe is mainly based in Utah, where gaming its prohibited. But part of the reservation crosses into Colorado,...

City weighs next step in Tohono O'odham Nation casino battle (09/25)

The city council in Glendale, Arizona, will decide whether to continue fighting the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino in the courts. The tribe plans to open the West Valley Resort on 135 acres of newly...

City hires lobbyist for Los Coyotes Band off-reservation casino (09/25)

The city of Barstow, California, has a hired a lobbyist to help gain approval of an off-reservation casino for the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians. The lobbyist, Joe A. Gonsalves & Son,...

City concerned about Coquille Tribe's plan for second casino (09/21)

The Coquille Tribe of Oregon is running into more opposition in its bid to open a second casino. The city council in Medford, Oregon, will send a letter to the Bureau of Indian Affairs expressing...

Colorado group weighs next move for off-reservation casino (09/21)

A group of non-Indian developers is weighing its next move after Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) expressed strong opposition to off-reservation gaming. The Sleeping Giant Group wants to build a casino in the northwestern part...

Red Lake Nation reportedly agrees to relocate man for casino (09/20)

The Red Lake Nation of Minnesota has reportedly reached an agreement to relocate a man and his mother from a proposed casino site. Donald Kakaygeesick said he owns seven acres that the tribe will use...

Tohono O'odham Nation wins another decision in casino quest (09/20)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona appears to be on a winning streak as it pursues a controversial casino. The tribe plans to open the West Valley Resort on 135 acres of newly acquired land....

Lac du Flambeau Band revives plan for off-reservation casino (09/20)

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin has revived plans for an off-reservation casino. Tribal members voted 217-141 in favor of a casino in Shullsburg. The 92-acre site is about...

Colorado governor not open to off-reservation gaming plans (09/19)

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) does not support off-reservation gaming, Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia (D) said. The Ute Tribe of Utah wants to open a casino near its trust land in Colorado. And a group...

Graton Rancheria gaming opponents to file federal lawsuit (09/14)

Opponents of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California plan to file a lawsuit in federal court aimed at blocking the tribe's casino. The tribe started construction of the facility after the Bureau of...

California off-reservation casino opponents weigh lawsuits (09/14)

Opponents of two off-reservation casinos in California are considering lawsuits, The Fresno Bee reports. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) approved casinos for the Enterprise Rancheria and the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians. Opponents might challenge...

Seminole Tribe drops plans to open a casino in Atlantic City (09/13)

Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, has withdrawn plans for a casino in Atlantic City. The tribe proposed a $465 million facility on the boardwalk. But the economic climate wrecked those...

Litigation continues over Cowlitz Tribe casino land decision (09/13)

A lawsuit that aims to stop the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington from opening a casino continues in federal court. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the tribe's land-into-trust application in 2010. The decision came after...

Editorial: Continue plan for Soo Tribe off-reservation casino (09/13)

"When it comes to pursuit of a casino to bolster economic development in the region, Greater Lansing can take a hint from an old British slogan: Keep calm and carry on. Attorney General Bill Schuette’s...

Editorial: Coquille Tribe goes against odds for new casino bid (09/12)

"No one should get too excited by the prospect of an Indian casino opening in Medford anytime soon. If the experience of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs is any guide, the plans of the...

California tribal group wants rules for off-reservation casinos (09/12)

The California Tribal Business Alliance, a group that represents three tribes, is calling for "strict guidelines" for future off-reservation casino projects. CTBA opposes an off-reservation casino for the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians. The...

Opponents weigh appeal in Tohono O'odham casino land suit (09/12)

Opponents of the Tohono O'odham Nation will consider their next steps after losing a major decision in their fight against an off-reservation casino. The city of Glendale and the Gila River Indian Community sued the...

9th Circuit backs Tohono O'odham Nation land-into-trust bid (09/11)

The Tohono O'odham Nation is getting closer to its goal of opening an off-reservation casino in Arizona thanks to a decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The tribe acquired a total of 135...

Cow Creek Band objects to Coquille Tribe's bid for new casino (09/11)

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians says the Coquille Tribe shouldn't try to open a second casino in Oregon. In a statement, the Cow Creek Band called the proposal "disappointing and outrageous."...

Michigan sues Sault Tribe to block off-reservation casino plan (09/11)

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed suit against the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in hopes of stopping an off-reservation casino. The tribe has yet to secure land for the $245 million casino...

Ute Tribe moving forward with off-reservation gaming project (09/10)

The Ute Tribe of Utah is moving forward with an off-reservation casino in Colorado. The tribe recently completed a feasibility study for a casino in the town of Dinosaur. The tribe will apparently start the...

Coquille Tribe acquires properties in anticipation of a new casino (09/07)

The Coquille Tribe of Oregon is planning on opening a second casino. The tribe paid about $2.275 million to acquire two properties totaling about five acres. The tribe is also leasing an 18-acre golf course...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe yet to finish gaming land application (09/06)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hasn't finalized its land-into-trust application for a casino in Massachusetts, The Cape Cod Times reports. The tribe has detailed its plans for a $500 million casino in Taunton. But key documents...

Enterprise Rancheria foes to dispute Class III gaming compact (09/05)

Opponents of the Enterprise Rancheria off-reservation casino will fight the tribe's Class III gaming compact in the California Legislature, The Sacramento Bee reports. "The compact will run into a buzz saw," Doug Elmets, a spokesperson...

Enterprise Rancheria off-reservation casino gets state approval (09/03)

The Enterprise Rancheria of California cleared a significant hurdle in its quest for an off-reservation casino. California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Friday concurred with the Obama administration's decision on the casino. The tribe plans...

North Fork Rancheria off-reservation casino gets state approval (09/03)

The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians has joined a small group of tribes in winning approval for an off-reservation casino. California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Friday concurred with the Obama administration's decision on...

Developers still haven't named tribe for off-reservation casino (08/31)

After three public meetings, the Sleeping Giant Group has yet to name a tribe for its off-reservation project. The group is planning a $52 million casino and hotel near the Yampa Valley Regional Airport in...

Opinion: Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino helps economy (08/30)

"FOR hundreds of years the Spokane Tribe of Indians has lived and raised families across the many miles of the Spokane River Basin, including present city sites such as Airway Heights and Spokane. This region...

DOI couldn't find documents for Cowlitz Tribe gaming decision (08/30)

A federal judge is giving the Obama administration more time to review a gaming decision for the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington after learning that the Interior Department couldn't find some documents. The documents were submitted...

Ho-Chunk Nation still waiting for BIA on off-reservation casino (08/29)

The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin is in a holding pattern for its off-reservation casino. The tribe submitted its land-into-trust application for casino in Beloit to the Bureau of Indian Affairs a couple of months ago....

GOP candidate strikes back at criticism over IGRA amendments (08/29)

The Republican candidate for Arizona's 1st Congressional District is trying to turn tribal criticism of his stance on Indian gaming into a weapon against his Democratic foe. In response to a candidates' survey from a...

County questioning Spokane Tribe off-reservation gaming deal (08/29)

Some officials in Spokane County, Washington, are trying to back out of gaming deal with the Spokane Tribe. The deal requires the tribe to pay $600,000 to the county and the city of Airway Heights...

Pokagon Band includes casino in land-into-trust plan in Indiana (08/29)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians could be opening a fourth casino, this one in Indiana. The tribe recently started the land-into-trust process for a 164-acre site near South Bend. Although the primary purpose will...

Chukchansi Tribe casino default raised in off-reservation battle (08/27)

The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians could go into default if an off-reservation casino is approved, opponents are claiming. The state of California has invested public employee investment funds in the Chukchansi Gold Resort &...

Democratic hopeful opposes Tohono O'odham Nation casino (08/24)

Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democratic candidate for Arizona's 1st Congressional District, opposes the proposed Tohono O'odham Nation casino. Kirkpatrick says the West Valley Resort could open the doors to non-Indian gaming. She claims Proposition 202, which...

Sen. Feinstein again pushing to reject off-reservation casino (08/24)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) is once against lobbying California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to reject an off-reservation casino for the Enterprise Rancheria. Feinstein claims there is little local support for the casino. She also said...

Debate continues over gaming expansion efforts in Michigan (08/23)

Michigan is home to more than two dozen casinos and more could be on the way if some tribes and some non-Indian developers have their way. The Bay Mills Indian Community opened an off-reservation casino...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe shares $1.5M under casino deal (08/23)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe paid $1.5 million to the city of Taunton, Massachusetts, for agreeing to host a casino. The payment covers pre-mitigation costs of the $500 million casino. It was due within 30 days...

Competition brews for commercial casino in Massachusetts (08/22)

Competition is heating up for a commercial casino in western Massachusetts. The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut is still putting together plans for a casino in Palmer. MGM Resorts International, the Las Vegas giant, is also...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hosts celebration for casino deal (08/21)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will host Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) on Thursday for a celebration of the Class III gaming compact. The tribe and Patrick signed a 15-year deal to authorize a casino in...

Graton Rancheria secures $850M in financing for casino project (08/17)

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California has secured $850 million in financing for its casino. The financing consists of a $375 million loan and a $450 million combination of bonds and a development...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gets enough time to pursue casino (08/17)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will get plenty of time to pursue its casino, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said. The tribe filed a land-into-trust application for a casino in southeastern Massachusetts. The process could take years...

Bay Mills Indian Community hails off-reservation casino ruling (08/16)

The Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan welcomed a ruling favoring its off-reservation casino but didn't say whether it plans to reopen the disputed facility. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday lifted an...

6th Circuit lifts injunction over Bay Mills off-reservation casino (08/15)

The Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan can reopen its off-reservation casino thanks to a ruling today from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. A federal judge ordered the tribe to close the facility in...

Graton Rancheria to make $194M payment to gaming partner (08/15)

Station Casinos expects to receive a $194 million payment from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California, the company said in a press release today. Station has been financing the tribe for the last...

Lac du Flambeau Band looking at off-reservation casino again (08/14)

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians might revive plans for an off-reservation casino in Wisconsin. The tribe is voting September 4 to determine support for the project. A referendum in Shullsburg...

Column: Soo Tribe cites land claim in off-reservation casino bid (08/13)

"The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe currently operates five casinos in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (UP). The Sault Tribe has proposed plans for a sixth casino — the Lansing Kewadin Casino — which would be located far...

Rep. Ryan pushed BIA to take action on off-reservation casino (08/13)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) lobbied the Bureau of Indian Affairs to make a decision on an off-reservation casino for the Menominee Nation. Ryan told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he was neutral on the proposal...

Mooretown Rancheria threatens to get off-reservation casino (08/10)

The Mooretown Rancheria says it can open an off-reservation casino without the approval of California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) The tribe says its Class III gaming compact authorizes two facilities. One is Feather Falls Casino...

Deadline approaching for off-reservation casinos in California (08/10)

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has until August 31 to decide on two off-reservation casino projects. The Enterprise Rancheria and the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians each won approval from the Bureau of Indian...

Development group eyeing off-reservation casino in Colorado (08/10)

A group of developers is proposing an off-reservation casino in Colorado but they haven't said which tribe, or tribes, they are working with. The Sleeping Giant Group wants to build a $52 million casino and...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to pay $400K fee for gaming license (08/09)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will have to pay a $400,000 fee to start the casino license process, the chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said. The fee is non-refundable. The tribe also has to submit...

Graton Rancheria will take on $800M in debt for gaming project (08/09)

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California will be taking on $800 million in debt as part of its long quest for a casino. The tribe will use the money to build the casino,...

Let the games begin--Massachusetts to accept casino bid fees (08/08)

CORRECTION/UPDATE: The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will have to pay the $400,000 fee, the chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will start accepting $400,000 non-refundable fees from companies that want to...

Judge dismisses state claims in Wyandotte Nation casino case (08/06)

A federal judge dismissed the state of Kansas from the Wyandotte Nation gaming lawsuit. The tribe sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs for failing to approve a land-into-trust application for 10.5 acres in Park City....

Tribes clash over off-reservation casino proposals in California (08/06)

The Enterprise Rancheria and the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians are facing opposition to their off-reservation casinos from other California tribes. Both tribes need state approval to open the casinos. So other tribes are...

Judge won't reconsider ruling to bar Kialegee Tribal Town casino (07/31)

A federal judge says he won't reconsider a decision that bars the Kialegee Tribal Town from operating a casino on an Indian allotment in Oklahoma. Judge Gregory Frizzell blocked the Red Clay Casino after a...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe marks a major milestone for casino (07/31)

Governor Patrick signs H.4261, “Resolve Relating To The Tribal-State Compact Between The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe And The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts.” (Photo Credit: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office) Leaders and members of the Mashpee Wampanoag...

City holding hope for Los Coyotes Band off-reservation casino (07/27)

Officials in Barstow, California, continue to support an off-reservation casino for the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians. The city council approved a letter of support for the $433 million project last month....

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gaming compact clears final vote (07/27)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe cleared one of the last major hurdles in its quest to open a casino in Massachusetts. The state Senate approved the tribe's Class III gaming compact on Thursday. The House previously...

Sault Tribe gets more time to make off-reservation casino deal (07/26)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the city of Lansing, Michigan, continue to work on an off-reservation casino deal. The tribe, the city and developers hoped to reach an agreement by August...

Vote on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Class III compact delayed (07/25)

The Massachusetts Senate again failed to vote on a Class III gaming compact for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The latest delay wasn't explained but some lawmakers from the southeastern part of the state, where the...

Sokaogon Chippewa Community fails to reach deal for a casino (07/25)

The Sokaogon Chippewa Community has failed to reach an agreement for an off-reservation casino in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The tribe faced a deadline to enter into a deal with the city and the owners of the...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe still considering options for casino (07/19)

Despite being rebuffed by the governor and at the polls, Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe doesn't think it's out of the casino game in Massachusetts. The tribe could proceed with a Class II gaming facility on its...

Editorial: Off-reservation gaming not a good policy for California (07/17)

"California does not need a gambling land rush. Gov. Jerry Brown should reject two proposals for off-reservation casinos in California, to avoid setting a bad precedent. California tribes should confine gambling operations to reservations, not...

California governor facing deadlines for off-reservation casinos (07/16)

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has until August 31 to approve or reject off-reservation casinos for two tribes, The Sacramento Bee reports. The Enterprise Rancheria is seeking a casino about 36 miles from its headquarters....

It's tribe against tribe for some off-reservation gaming projects (07/10)

States and non-Indians have been behind two big land-into-trust disputes -- Salazar v. Patchak and Carcieri v. Salazar -- but tribes are also fighting one another in the off-reservation gaming battle. In Washington, the Spokane...

Off-reservation casino fears mostly unrealized despite policy shift (07/06)

It's still extremely difficult for tribes to open off-reservation casinos, despite a shift in policy from the Obama administration and concerns raised by non-Indians and opposition groups. Since the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory...

Cowlitz Tribe awaits trial on opposition to casino land acquisition (07/06)

The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington waited 26 years for federal recognition and 10 more for approval of its land-into-trust application. The tribe has to wait even longer to open a casino because the record of...

Mississippi Choctaws off-reservation casino still not on the radar (07/06)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians hasn't taken any steps to revive plans for an off-reservation casino. Under the late chief Philip Martin, the Choctaws sought to open a casino at a site about 175...

Judge wants brief on Wyandotte Nation casino and Patchak ruling (07/05)

A federal judge wants to know whether the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak affects the proposed Wyandotte Nation casino in Kansas. The tribe sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs for failing to...

Rep. Frank foresees 'zero chance' for passing land-into-trust fix (07/02)

As the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts moves forward with its casino plans, one hurdle remains: the land-into-trust process. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is moving forward with the tribe's land-into-trust application. But if it's...

Menominee Nation welcomes progress on off-reservation casino (06/29)

The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin is seeing progress on its long-delayed off-reservation casino. After more than eight years of work, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has issued the final environmental impact statement for the project....

County sues DOI for approving Ione Band casino land acquisition (06/29)

Amador County in California is suing the Obama administration in hopes of blocking the Ione Band of Miwok Indians from opening a casino. Among other arguments, the county says the tribe wasn't "under federal jurisdiction"...

Commission to discuss Mashpee Wampanoag casino concerns (06/27)

Massachusetts Gaming Commission has agreed to meet with the leaders of three communities to discuss their concerns about the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The leaders of Lakeville, Berkley and Middleboro say they have been left...

Tohono O'odham casino opponents dispute economic impacts (06/27)

Foes of the Tohono O’odham Nation off-reservation casino released a study that disputes the economic impacts of the proposed facility. The tribe has said the West Valley Resort will create more than 9,000 jobs. But...

Rep. Sullivan, Kialegee casino foe, loses Republican nomination (06/27)

Rep. John Sullivan (R-Oklahoma) won't be able to fight the Kialegee Tribal Town from the halls of Congress much longer. Sullivan lost the Republican nomination for Oklahoma's First Congressional district to newcomer Jim Bridenstine. Sullivan...

Rep. Sullivan denies link between gaming battle and judge's son (06/26)

Rep. John Sullivan (R-Oklahoma), center, with his Washington, D.C., interns. Ben Frizzell, the son of Judge Gregory Frizzell, is on the far right. Photo from Sullivan's Facebook page. Rep. John Sullivan (R-Oklahoma) said there's...

Federal judge's son interns for lawmaker fighting Kialegee casino (06/25)

The son of the federal judge who barred the Kialegee Tribal Town from engaging in gaming on an Indian allotment is now working for Rep. John Sullivan (R-Oklahoma), who has been fighting the casino. Ben...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino foes ready for more litigation (06/25)

With one lawsuit already on the docket, a non-Indian gaming developer is prepared for more litigation to stop the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from building a casino in southeastern Massachusetts. H.3702, the state's gaming law, authorizes...

Governor again cites progress for Mashpee Wampanoag compact (06/22)

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) continues to make progress on Class III gaming compact with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, according to a statement. The two sides face a July 31 deadline to finalize an agreement....

State tries to stop use of Kialegee casino site for fireworks stand (06/22)

A federal judge has barred the Kialegee Tribal Town from engaging in gaming on an Indian allotment but the state of Oklahoma is now trying to prevent the land from being used for a fireworks...

BIA considers Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino land-into-trust (06/21)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs held the first public hearing on a land-into-trust application for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts. The tribe wants to use 145 acres in Taunton for a casino and 170...

Enterprise Rancheria casino foes welcome Supreme Court ruling (06/21)

Opponents of the Enterprise Rancheria casino say the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak will help their cause. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has yet to make a final decision on the tribe's...

NIGC rejects Kialegee Tribal Town's jurisdiction over gaming site (06/21)

The National Indian Gaming Commission is maintaining its position that the Kialegee Tribal Town of Oklahoma doesn't have jurisdiction over an Indian allotment. The allotment is owned by two Muscogee sisters who were recently made...

Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe confident of casino land-into-trust (06/20)

The leader of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts doesn't think its casino project will be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak. The tribe has submitted a land-into-trust application to...

Graton Rancheria casino foes welcome Supreme Court decision (06/20)

Opponents of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria believe the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak will help their cause. The Stop the Casino 101 Coalition sued to block the Bureau of Indian...

Supreme Court decision seen as hindrance for casino financing (06/20)

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak will have an effect on financing for tribal casinos, according to Fitch Ratings. The decision allows just about anyone to challenge a land-into-trust application. Historically, lawsuits...

House approves bill that blocks Tohono O'odham Nation casino (06/20)

The House voted 343 to 78 on Tuesday to pass H.R.2938, a bill that prevents the Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona from opening a casino. Nearly every Republican voted for the bill. The significant exceptions...

Communities seek inclusion in Mashpee Wampanoag casino talk (06/19)

Leaders of communities in southeastern Massachusetts say they are being cut out of casino talks with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The tribe is negotiating a Class III gaming compact with Gov. Deval Patrick (D). A...

City weighs support for Los Coyotes Band off-reservation casino (06/19)

The city council in Barstow, California, will consider a resolution to support an off-reservation casino for the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians. After being rejected by the Bush administration, the tribe resubmitted...

Little River Band sees local support for an off-reservation casino (06/19)

Local officials are asking Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) to support an off-reservation casino for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The tribe owns 233 acres in Fruitport Township that it wants to use...

House to vote on bill that blocks Tohono O'odham Nation casino (06/19)

The House is set to vote today on H.R.2938, a bill that prevents the Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona from opening a casino. In 1986, Congress passed the Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Replacement Act....

BIA to host meetings on Mashpee Wampanoag land-into-trust bid (06/18)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will host two public meetings this week on the land-into-trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts. The tribe is seeking 145 acres in Taunton to use for a gaming...

Supreme Court rules DOI can be sued over Gun Lake casino land (06/18)

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling today in Salazar v. Patchak, a gaming land case. By an 8-1 vote, the justices ruled that the Interior Department can be sued for approving a land-into-trust application...

County has 90 days to reach gaming deal with Graton Rancheria (06/15)

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and Sonoma County, California, have 90 days to negotiate a gaming agreement, The Rohnert Park Community Voice reported. If the two sides don't reach a deal in that time,...

Graton Rancheria leader again avoids public comment on casino (06/13)

Greg Sarris, the chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California, continues to maintain his silence on the tribe's forthcoming casino. Sarris has only spoken publicly on a couple of occasions since the...

Ione Band leader doesn't anticipate casino for a few more years (06/13)

After seven years, the Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California finally won approval of its land-into-trust application but it will be a few more years before a casino arrives. Chairwoman Yvonne Miller said the...

Ute Tribe completes study on off-reservation casino in Colorado (06/13)

The Ute Tribe of Utah has completed a feasibility study for an off-reservation casino in Colorado. The tribe's reservation crosses into Colorado and ends near the town of Dinosaur. The tribe and the town entered...

Massachusetts governor expects Wampanoag casino deal soon (06/13)

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) expects to wrap up Class III gaming compact negotiations with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe next week, The Cape Cod Times reports. The compact will be presented to the state Legislature...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe clears most hurdles in casino push (06/12)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts has cleared most of the hurdles in its quest for a casino but two big ones remain. One is a Class III gaming compact. The tribe has been negotiating...

Editorial: Fort Sill Apache off-reservation casino deserves shot (06/12)

"Persistence is beginning to pay off for tribal leaders who for several years have been seeking to open a casino in Akela Flats, along Interstate 10 between Las Cruces and Deming. The Office of Indian...

New Mexico governor still against Fort Sill Apache Tribe casino (06/11)

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) remains opposed to an off-reservation casino for the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma. The Bureau of Indian Affairs recently sent a consultation letter to Martinez about the proposed...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sees strong support for casino bid (06/11)

Voters in Taunton, Massachusetts, overwhelmingly endorsed a casino for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. Results of an election Saturday showed 7,693 in favor of the casino and 4,571 against it. It was the first referendum in...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces referendum on gaming plans (06/08)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and its $500 million casino project face voters in Taunton, Massachusetts, tomorrow. The tribe has spent $300,000 on Together for Taunton to promote the casino, which has the support of voters,...

Fort Sill Apache Tribe moving forward on casino in New Mexico (06/08)

Note: Posting has been updated, based on new information in a tribal press release and an examination of the BIA letter that was referenced in the Associated Press story. The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe wins approval for gaming ordinance (06/07)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts won approval of its gaming ordinance from the National Indian Gaming Commission. The ordinance sets up the tribe's gaming commission. The body will regulate the tribe's proposed casino in...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe weighs lawsuit over compact talks (06/06)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe might sue Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) for failing to enter into negotiations for a Class III gaming compact. The tribe asked Patrick to come to the table on March 5....

Lawsuit threatened over Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino site (06/06)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is already facing the threat of litigation for its proposed casino in Taunton, Massachusetts. The tribe plans a $500 million facility on a 145-acre site in the city. An attorney, however,...

New York town eyes Stockbridge-Munsee off-reservation casino (06/05)

The town of Thompson, New York, supports an off-reservation casino for the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, Mid-Hudson News Network reports. Supervisor Anthony Cellini wrote the Bureau of Indian Affairs to support the tribe's land-into-trust...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues negotiations for compact (06/05)

Gov. Deval Patrick (D) plans to finalize a Class III gaming compact with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe by a July 31 deadline. Patrick hopes the deal will be finished so lawmakers can approve it before...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe spends $300K on pro-casino group (06/04)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts has spent $300,000 on a pro-gaming group. So far, Together for Taunton has spent $130,000 to promote the tribe's plan for a $500 million casino. Voters will go the...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe vows to continue effort for a casino (06/04)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts will continue its casino efforts even after losing a second vote on Saturday. In a non-binding referendum, voters in Lakeville rejected the casino by a 10 to 1 margin....

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe prepares for another casino election (06/01)

After seeing defeat in one community, the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is preparing for another election on its casino plan. Voters in Freetown voted 3-1 against the casino. Lakeville residents go to the polls...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gaming project continues to advance (06/01)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is seeing movement on its plan for a casino in Taunton, Massachusetts. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is preparing an environmental impact statement on the tribe's land-into-trust application, according to a...

Kialegee Tribal Town asks NIGC to reconsider lands determination (06/01)

The Kialegee Tribal Town of Oklahoma is asking the National Indian Gaming Commission to reconsider the legal status of its casino site. The NIGC issued an Indian lands determination that said the tribe lacked jurisdiction...

Study looks into impacts of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's casino (05/31)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe paid for a study into the impacts of its proposed casino in Taunton, Massachusetts. The tribe plans to build a $500 million casino on a 145-acre site. The study estimates the...

Kialegee Tribal Town planning to use gaming site as a sports bar (05/31)

The Kialegee Tribal Town of Oklahoma wants to use its disputed gaming site for a new business. The tribe was building the Red Clay Casino on an Indian allotment. A federal judge blocked further construction...

Dispute over Kialegee Tribal Town casino claims another victim (05/30)

The dispute over the Kialegee Tribal Town casino has claimed another victim in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Mike Lester resigned his position as mayor after acknowledging that he knew about the plans for the Red Clay...

City to take up Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gaming agreement (05/30)

The city council in Taunton, Massachusetts, will take up a gaming agreement with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe at a meeting tomorrow. The council held a meeting last Thursday but put off a vote due to...

Voters reject Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe casino by big margin (05/30)

Voters in Freetown, Massachusetts, rejected hosting a casino for the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe. The non-binding referendum saw 959 votes against the casino. Only 308 people supported it. The tribe wants to build a casino on...

Ho-Chunk Nation submitted off-reservation gaming application (05/29)

The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin submitted an off-reservation gaming application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. President Jon Greender has said it could take years for the BIA to make a decision on the application....

Town hosts vote on Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe gaming project (05/29)

Residents of Freetown, Massachusetts, are at the polls today to say whether they want to host a casino for the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe. The tribe has options on a 500-acre site on the Freetown border...

BIA disapproves Scotts Valley Band off-reservation casino plan (05/29)

The Obama administration rejected an off-reservation casino proposed by the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians of California. The tribe submitted a land-into-trust application for a site in Richmond, about 80 miles from its headquarters....

NIGC issues lands determination for Kialegee Tribal Town casino (05/28)

The National Indian Gaming Commission issued its long-awaited Indian lands determination for the Kialegee Tribal Town of Oklahoma. According to the opinion, the site can't be used for the Red Clay Casino because the tribe...

Opinion: Dirty politics in Wisconsin off-reservation casino battle (05/25)

"If Wisconsin voters think Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is the kind of guy who fights on behalf of the poor against the rich, they need to wise up. The man who carries Democrats' hopes to...

City council puts off vote on Mashpee Wampanoag gaming deal (05/25)

The city council in Taunton, Massachusetts, put off a vote on a gaming agreement with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The council could have approved the deal at a public meeting last night. But members said...

Menominee Nation withdraws from off-reservation gaming deal (05/25)

The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin has split from its off-reservation gaming partner. Chairman Craig Corn said the split with KMD Consulting Services of California was amicable. But he indicated the company wasn't able to meet...

Soboba Band facing opposition over casino land-into-trust bid (05/24)

The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians of California is still waiting for the Bureau of Indian Affairs to make a decision on its casino land-into-trust application. The BIA published a draft environmental impact statement in...

Critics question Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino agreement (05/24)

Critics said the city of Taunton, Massachusetts, will be on the losing end of a gaming agreement with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The tribe plans to build a $500 million resort with the promise of...

Few details about Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe casino partner (05/24)

Little is known about the group working with the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to build a casino in Massachusetts. KMD Consulting Services of California is definitely working with the Menominee Nation on an off-reservation casino. But...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe announces details of $300M casino (05/23)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe plans to spend $300 million on a casino in southeastern Massachusetts. The project includes a 145,000-square-foot casino, a 150,000-square-foot hotel with 150 rooms and retail and restaurant space. It would be...

City council to discuss Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino deal (05/22)

The city council in Taunton, Massachusetts, will meet Wednesday night to discuss an intergovernmental agreement with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. Under the deal, the will pay $33 million up front in mitigation costs. The tribe...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to unveil details of casino project (05/22)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe plans to unveil details about its proposed casino at a public meeting tonight in Lakeville, Massachusetts. The tribe has faced criticism for not providing enough information about the project. Details will...

Cheryl Andrews-Maltais: Vote yes on Aquinnah casino project (05/21)

"Before going to the polls on May 29 in Freetown and June 2 in Lakeville to vote on a casino referendum, residents are no doubt asking themselves: What does a yes vote mean? A yes...

Judge blocks Kialegee Tribal Town from opening disputed casino (05/21)

The Kialegee Tribal Town can't open a casino on an Indian allotment in Oklahoma, a federal judge ruled on Friday. The tribe lacks jurisdiction over the allotment, Judge Gregory Frizzell ruled. The land is owned...

Michigan attorney general opposes Sault Tribe gaming project (05/18)

Michigan attorney general Bill Schuette, whose office is fighting an off-reservation casino in court, is also opposing an off-reservation casino for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. In a letter to the Interior...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to use small part of site for casino (05/18)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe said a casino will only take up a small portion of its 500-acre site in southeastern Massachusetts. The site covers two communities -- Freetown and Lakeville. The tribe said a substantial...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announces deal with host of casino (05/18)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announced an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Taunton, Massachusetts, for a potential casino. The tribe agreed to pay $33 million up front in mitigation costs. The tribe also plans to...

Hearing continues into Kialegee Tribal Town's gaming project (05/17)

Testimony continues today in a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Kialegee Tribal Town in Oklahoma According to news reports, the state called Oklahoma University professor Gary Anderson to the stand on Wednesday. He testified that...

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe still pushing for an urban casino (05/17)

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is still interested in an off-reservation casino in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The tribe brought up the idea in 2010 when a casino just across the border in Iowa was...

Judge opens hearing on Kialegee Tribal Town's casino project (05/16)

A federal judge is opening a hearing today in a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Kialegee Tribal Town in Oklahoma from opening a casino. But Tiger Hobia, the tribe's leader, won't be required to testify,...

Rival sites offer views on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino (05/15)

Voters in Taunton, Massachusetts, who want to find out more about the casino being proposed by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe can go online for information. The tribe is running Together for Taunton to promote its...

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs willing to discuss casino project (05/14)

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is willing to discuss plans for a new casino but First Nations leaders say the final decision is up to them. The AMC currently supports a casino in Carberry. But...

Comment period ending on Spokane Tribe's proposed casino (05/14)

The comment period on the Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino is due to end on Wednesday. The tribe plans to build a casino and other developments on a 145-acre site in Airway Heights. The city supports...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe promises more details on casino (05/14)

Some local officials and residents say the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe hasn't shared enough information about a proposed casino in southeastern Massachusetts. The tribe held two public forums last week and another meeting is scheduled for...

Judge to hold hearing on Kialegee Tribal Town casino project (05/14)

A federal judge will hold a hearing on Wednesday in a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Kialegee Tribal Town in Oklahoma from opening a casino. The tribe already started work on the Red Clay Casino....

Mohegan Tribe won't discuss details of Massachusetts casino (05/11)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut isn't ready to reveal details of its proposed casino in Massachusetts. The tribe wants to build a casino in Palmer, in the western part of the state. But since the...

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs offers no comment on casino bid (05/11)

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs isn't commenting on a proposal for a casino in Brandon, Manitoba. The AMC must agree to a First Nation casino, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger noted. "That's the only way to...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces big crowd in push for casino (05/09)

Nearly 1,000 people attended a city council meeting in Taunton, Massachusetts, to learn more about the casino proposed by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The tribe and its developers answered detailed questions about the $500 million...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe holds public forum on casino plan (05/09)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe held a second public forum on plans for a casino in southeastern Massachusetts. The meeting took place yesterday in Lakeville, following one held in Freetown the day before. Residents voiced concerns...

Kialegee Tribal Town continues work on controversial casino (05/08)

The Kialegee Tribal Town in Oklahoma continues work on its controversial casino. The tribe is putting up a permanent building for the Red Clay Casino, KRMG-TV reported. A construction company said it has been treated...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe plans Class II site on reservation (05/08)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe plans to open a Class II facility on its reservation in Massachusetts. Tribal members voted 35-27 to use an unfinished community center for the casino. Some work has recently occurred on...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hosts public forum on casino bid (05/07)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts hosted a public forum on its plans for a casino in Taunton, Massachusetts. About 300 people attended the meeting, The Cape Cod Times reported. Chairman Cedric Cromwell said the...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe ready for lawsuit on casino plan (05/07)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is prepared to sue the state to assert its gaming rights, an attorney said. One lawsuit would determine the tribe's rights under H.3702, the state's gaming law. Another would accuse Gov....

Legal opinion challenges Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe casino (05/03)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts can't build a casino on its reservation in Martha's Vineyard, according to a legal opinion requested by the local town government. The tribe's land claim settlement act subjects the...

Graton Rancheria owes $230M so far in long bid for a casino (05/03)

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria of California owes at least $230 million so far as part of its quest to build a casino, The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reports. At a second day of hearings...

Chairman of Graton Rancheria publicly discusses casino plan (05/02)

The leader of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California finally broke his silence about his tribe's plans for a casino. Chairman Greg Sarris hasn't discussed the casino since the tribe signed a Class...

Massachusetts Gaming Commission hires executive director (05/02)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission hired a temporary executive director who helped draft H.3702, the state's gaming law. C. Stanley McGee has worked for Gov. Deval Patrick (D) since 2007. He helped write H.3702, as well...

Kialagee Tribal Town due back in court over plans for casino (05/02)

A federal judge is due to hear arguments in a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Kialegee Tribal Town in Oklahoma from building a casino. Last week, Judge Gregory Frizzell ruled that Indian Gaming Regulatory Act...

Ballot language finalized for Mashpee Wampanoag casino bid (05/01)

Voters in Taunton, Massachusetts, will to the polls on June 9 to determine whether they want to host a casino for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. As reported by The Taunton Daily Gazette, the ballot language...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to host public forums for casino (05/01)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts will host two public forums next week to discuss its gaming plans. The tribe will host a forum in Freetown on May 7 and one in Lakeville on May...

Federal judge says IGRA abrogated tribal sovereign immunity (04/30)

Congress has waived tribal sovereign immunity through the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, a federal judge ruled on Friday. Judge Gregory Frizzell said IGRA allows states or tribes to file lawsuits in federal court over Class...

MPR: Sault Tribe wrapping up vote for off-reservation casino (04/30)

"Voting wraps up this week in a referendum that may decide if plans for a casino in downtown Lansing can move forward. Ballots were mailed to 14 thousand members of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe...

Stockbridge-Munsee off-reservation casino back on the radar (04/27)

The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians in Wisconsin has renewed plans for an off-reservation casino in New York. The tribe recently updated its land-into-trust application for 330 acres in the Catskills, President Robert Chicks told...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announces plan for $500M casino (04/27)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe unveiled plans for a $500 million casino in Taunton, Massachusetts, today. The casino, to be built in three phases over five years, would include 150,000 square-feet of gaming space with 3,000...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to unveil details for casino plan (04/26)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is announcing details of its proposed casino in Taunton, Massachusetts, today. The tribe has options on 135 acres in the city. The land will have to be placed in trust before...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe ready to sue over casino talks (04/26)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is prepared to go to court if Gov. Deval Patrick (D) refuses to negotiate a Class III gaming compact. The tribe asked Patrick to negotiate but his gaming adviser...

State panel awaiting outcome of Wampanoag casino talks (04/25)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is "waiting" for the outcome of gaming talks with one or two tribes, the panel's chairman said. The commission will determine who will get a license for the casino in the...

Mohegan Tribe to discuss plans for casino in Massachusetts (04/24)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut will discuss plans for a casino in western Massachusetts. Chairman Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum and a gaming executive agreed to meet with officials in the town of Palmer, although a...

Battle over Kialegee Tribal Town's casino claims one victim (04/24)

Residents upset about a casino being built by the Kialegee Tribal Town have forced out the city manager in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Opponents said David Wooden knew about the Red Clay Casino months before informing...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to host public forums on casino (04/24)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe will discuss plans for a casino in Freetown, Massachusetts. The tribe has scheduled two public forums on May 7 and May 8. Two additional forums will be held if necessary, The...

Editorial: Lawmakers could block Graton Rancheria casino (04/23)

"Hopes of avoiding the crushing impacts of an unwanted mega-casino in Rohnert Park may be fading, but are not yet completely dimmed. Thanks to action taken earlier this week by the Petaluma City Council, North...

Chukchansi Tribe irritates some with anti-casino push (04/20)

More groups are coming forward to say Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians has pressured them to oppose the off-reservation casino sought by the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians. The Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce...

Opinion: Few answers on Mashpee Wampanoag casino (04/20)

"Recently, I was invited by a relative to attend a meeting about the proposed casino. This meeting was conducted by members of Together for Taunton, a pro-casino group financed by the tribe, with a representative...

Town debates legality of Aquinnah Wampanoag casino (04/19)

A Massachusetts town is drafting a legal opinion on a potential casino by the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe. The tribe has a reservation in the town of Aquinnah. But the Massachusetts Supreme Court in 2004 ruled...

Fort Sill Apache Tribe asks governor for casino meeting (04/19)

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma has asked New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) for a meeting to discuss an off-reservation casino. The tribe wants to open a casino on its 30-acre reservation in...

Muscogee Nation not allowed to build casino near Tulsa (04/18)

The Muscogee Nation isn't able to open a casino within 50 miles of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Chief George Tiger said. The tribe operates the River Spirit Casino along the Arkansas River in Tulsa but an...

BIA extends comment period on Spokane Tribe's casino (04/18)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has extended the comment period for the Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino. Comments are being accepted until May 16. The Kalispel Tribe, which operates an off-reservation casino, and Spokane County asked...

New Mexico governor won't back Fort Sill Apache casino (04/18)

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) won't approve an off-reservation casino for the Fort Sill Apache Tribe if it comes across her desk. When asked if she supported the casino, her answer was simply "No."...

Litigation anticipated over tribal casino in Massachusetts (04/17)

Gaming experts expect litigation over plans for a tribal casino in Massachusetts. H.3702, the state's gaming law, authorizes three casinos in the state. Region C -- southeastern Massachusetts -- is reserved for "a federally recognized...

9th Circuit hears dispute on Tohono O'odham gaming site (04/17)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation gaming lawsuit on Monday. The tribe acquired 135 acres near Glendale, Arizona, in connection with a land claim settlement. The Bureau of Indian...

City council opposes Graton Rancheria's gaming compact (04/17)

The city council in Petaluma, California, voted 6-0 to oppose a Class III gaming compact with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. The deal requires the tribe to negotiate agreements with local governments to offset...

State tribe to challenge Mashpee Wampanoag casino site (04/16)

A state-recognized tribe says it will oppose efforts by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to open a casino in Taunton, Massachusetts. The Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe says Taunton is within its ancestral territory. The tribe plans to...

9th Circuit takes up Tohono O'odham Nation gaming case (04/16)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing the Tohono O'odham Nation gaming case this morning. Arguments take place in San Francisco, California, according to the court's calendar. The parties in the controversial dispute include...

Group opens office in fight against off-reservation casino (04/13)

An anti-gaming group that ran ads accusing the Sokaogon Chippewa Community of Wisconsin of failing to live up to its obligations has opened an office. Citizens for a Strong Sheboygan plans to fight the tribe's...

Kansas allowed to join Wyandotte Nation gaming lawsuit (04/13)

A federal magistrate has allowed the state of Kansas to join the Wyandotte Nation off-reservation lawsuit. The tribe sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs for failing to approve a land-into-trust application in Kansas. The state,...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe pressured on old gaming site (04/13)

Negotiations between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the town of Middleboro, Massachusetts, have reached a standstill, a local official said. The tribe entered into an agreement with the town to host a casino there. But...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe eyes existing land for casino (04/13)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts says it can open a casino on existing trust land. In 1987, Congress settled the tribe's land claim with a provision that subjects the reservation to the civil and...

Members of Soo Tribe start vote on off-reservation casino (04/12)

Members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will start voting today on a proposed off-reservation casino in Lansing, Michigan. Ballots are being mailed today and are due May 3, according to news...

Chukchansi Tribe fights North Fork off-reservation casino (04/12)

The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians is trying to line up opposition to the off-reservation casino sought by the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, The Fresno Bee reports. The Chukchansi Tribe has asked local...

Enterprise Rancheria confident for off-reservation casino (04/12)

The Enterprise Rancheria of California is confident its off-reservation casino will be approved despite opposition from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California). Last September, the Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the tribe's casino bid. But Feinstein claimed...

Mayor addresses Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino plans (04/11)

The mayor of Taunton, Massachusetts, issued an open letter about the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino. Mayor Thomas Hoye Jr. said the city is negotiating a "binding legal agreement" with the tribe that will contain a...

Letter: Spokane off-reservation casino won't harm military (04/11)

"I have been watching events unfold regarding the building of the Spokane Tribe’s casino in Airway Heights. Until recently, there has been little opposition. Enter the Greater Spokane Incorporated chamber of commerce and four Republican...

Sen. Feinstein blasts expansion of California tribal casinos (04/11)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) reiterated her opposition to the Enterprise Rancheria casino, accusing the tribe of reservation shopping. The tribe lost its 40-acre reservation to the creation of Lake Oroville in the 1960s. The tribe...

Vote on casino projects not binding on Wampanoag tribes (04/10)

Residents of at least three Massachusetts communities will go to the polls in May and June to show their support, or opposition, to hosting a tribal casino. But the results of the elections won't be...

Glenda Nelson: Enterprise Rancheria needs land for casino (04/09)

"The Enterprise Rancheria now seeks partial recourse for those lost tribal reservation lands and resources by acquiring new "Indian trust lands" within its historical lands along the Feather River watershed near the City of Marysville...

White Earth Band makes new offer for off-reservation casino (04/06)

White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians made a new offer for an off-reservation casino in Minnesota but lawmakers didn't appear receptive to the idea. The tribe offered to fund the entire cost of a...

Town sets June 2 election for Aquinnah Wampanoag casino (04/06)

Voters in Lakeville, Massachusetts, will go to the polls on June 20 to decide whether they want to a host a casino for the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe. Lakeville is one of three places where the...

Opponents plan to file lawsuit against Graton casino project (04/06)

Opponents of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California plan to file as many as two lawsuits in hopes of stopping the tribe from building a casino in Sonoma County. Stop the 101 Casino...

Debates: Smoking at the Sault Tribe's off-reservation casino (04/05)

"Should the proposed Lansing Kewadin Casino allow smoking? Cynthia Hallett, the executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, and Roger Martin, who represents the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians for the local public...

Fort Sill Apache Tribe discusses off-reservation casino plans (04/05)

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma held a second meeting to discuss plans for an off-reservation casino in New Mexico. The tribe is analyzing the environmental impacts of the proposed casino. An application could...

6th Circuit asked to reschedule hearing for Bay Mills casino (04/04)

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is being asked to reschedule arguments in the Bay Mills Indian Community off-reservation casino case. Last week, the court scheduled a hearing on May 31. But Michigan Assistant Attorney...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe opposed to more non-Indian gaming (04/03)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe is criticizing plans for as many as 27 new casinos in Michigan. The state is already home to more than 20 tribal and commercial gaming facilities. At least one tribe is...

National Indian Gaming Association panel on land-into-trust (04/03)

A panel at the National Indian Gaming Association conference focused on land-into-trust. The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act requires casinos to be on "Indian land." For newly recognized tribes, that means going through the land-into-trust process....

Graton Rancheria reaches compact with California governor (04/02)

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, also known as the Coast Miwok Tribe, signed a Class III gaming compact with California Gov. Jerry Brown (D). The tribe plans to build a $433 million casino on...

Kialegee Tribal Town opposes BIA review of disputed casino ( (04/02)

The Kialegee Tribal Town says the Bureau of Indian Affairs lacks authority to review its casino agreement. The tribe has a lease with the owners of an Indian allotment and the developers of the proposed...

Spokane Tribe claims drop in revenue due to Kalispel casino (03/30)

The Spokane Tribe saw a big drop in gaming revenues after the Kalispel Tribe opened an off-reservation casino, a Spokane leader said. The Spokane Tribe operates the Two Rivers Casino and Resort on its reservation....

Jamul Band hosts meeting to discuss casino with neighbors (03/30)

The Jamul Indian Village of California will host a meeting next week to discuss plans for a casino on the reservation. The tribe unveiled the $230 million casino earlier this month. The project was scaled...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe identifies potential casino sites (03/30)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe has identified three potential gaming sites in Massachusetts. The tribe met with officials in Freetown and Lakeville on Thursday to discuss a 500-acre site that includes property in both towns. “We’re...

Smoking allowed at Michigan casinos, tribal and non-Indian (03/29)

Michigan’s smoke-free law went into effect on May 1, 2010, but state-licensed gaming facilities are exempt, and the law doesn't cover tribal casinos due to lack of jurisdiction. Some tribes have gone smoke-free but that's...

Law Article: The state of play of gaming in Massachusetts (03/29)

"Notwithstanding its Puritan past and despite substantial opposition, Massachusetts has legalized casino gambling. The legislation authorizing the building of casinos was passed and signed into law in November 2011. The Chairman of the newly created...

City sets vote on Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe's casino bid (03/28)

Residents of Freetown, Massachusetts, will vote May 29 on proposed casino for the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe. The tribe hasn't offered details but will reveal the proposed site to town leaders this Thursday. The tribe is...

Smoking a deal breaker for Soo Tribe off-reservation casino (03/27)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians insisted on allowing smoking at its proposed off-reservation casino in Lansing, Michigan, according to Mayor Virg Bernero. Smoking is barred in public places in Michigan. But the...

Creek Nation chief vetoes resolution against Kialegee casino (03/27)

The Muscogee Nation should sit down with the Kialegee Tribal Town and resolve a gaming dispute, Muscogee Chief George Tiger says. The Muscogee National Council passed a resolution that opposes the Kialegee's planned casino. Tiger...

BIA hosts public hearing on Spokane off-reservation casino (03/27)

More than 400 people attended a public hearing on the Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino on Monday evening. According to news reports, about 60 people gave comments. Opponents included the Kalispel Tribe, whose members are worried...

Menominee Nation sees delay for off-reservation casino bid (03/26)

The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin hopes to see some movement on its off-reservation casino application. The tribe originally anticipated a decision from the Bureau of Indian Affairs sometime in May. But the application is still...

Kialegee Tribal Town raises immunity defense in casino suit (03/26)

The Kialegee Tribal Town says sovereign immunity requires the dismissal of an anti-gaming lawsuit filed by Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt. The tribe says its has not waived its immunity through its corporation charter or...

Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake on schedule for its casino (03/26)

The Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake in California will open its first casino at the end of May. “It’s on schedule,” Chairwoman Sherry Treppa told The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. The 33,000 square-foot Running Creek Casino...

Opinion: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's casino wrong for city (03/26)

"On Feb. 15, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe signed an option for the land in East Taunton in the Liberty and Union Industrial Park. At a press conference on Feb. 29, the mayor announced that the...

BIA to host meeting on Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino (03/23)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will hold a public meeting on the Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino on Monday. The BIA released a draft environmental impact statement for the West Plains Mixed-Use Development. The project calls...

Kialegee Tribal Town objects to brief from casino opponents (03/22)

The Kialegee Tribal Town says casino opponents shouldn't be allowed to submit a brief in a gaming lawsuit filed by Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt. The tribe says the state can adequately represent the interests...

Ho-Chunk Nation to send off-reservation gaming application (03/22)

The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin will submit its off-reservation gaming application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs in a matter of days, President Jon Greender said. “It’s a historic moment,” Greendeer told The Beloit Daily...

Opinion: Oppose off-reservation gaming for Manzanita Band (03/22)

"Most residents of Imperial County are aware and have read articles in English and in Spanish about the proposed off-reservation casino of the Manzanita Band of Mission Indians (Tribe) that is to be located in...

Jamul Band looks for new developer to build gaming facility (03/21)

The Jamul Indian Village of California is looking for a new gaming partner after parting ways with Lakes Entertainment. The tribe wants to build a $230 million casino on its 6.2-acre reservation. Plans call for...

All members named to Massachusetts Gaming Commission (03/21)

The final two members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission were named on Tuesday. The five members are Stephen Crosby, Gayle Cameron, Enrique Zuniga, James F. McHugh and Bruce Stebbins. Crosby is serving as chairman of...

Editorial: City makes right decision on Soo Tribe casino plan (03/21)

"Efforts to develop the $245 million Kewadin Lansing casino will move forward now that the Lansing City Council has given approval to various agreements needed to support the proposal. Plenty of hurdles remain, but now...

Opinion: Expert lacks credibility on Wampanoag casino plan (03/20)

"When considering an opinion it is critical to consider the bias of the one giving the opinion to determine if the opinion is truly independent. Just as important to consider are the credentials of the...

City council waits on Spokane Tribe's off-reservation casino (03/20)

The city council in Spokane, Washington, delayed a vote on a resolution that opposes the Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino. Council member Mike Fagan introduced the resolution and wanted the public notice requirements to be suspended....

City council approves Sault Tribe off-reservation casino bid (03/20)

The city council in Lansing, Michigan, approved plans for an off-reservation casino by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians The city voted 7-1 to sell property in downtown Lansing for the $245 million...

Tribes say poll shows opposition to off-reservation casino (03/19)

Michigan voters are against an off-reservation casino for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, according to a poll commissioned by rival tribes. According to the poll, 56 percent oppose off-reservation gaming. Only 26...

Judge schedules May 2 hearing in Kialegee casino lawsuit (03/19)

A federal judge has scheduled a May 2 hearing in a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Kialegee Tribal Town from opening a casino in Oklahoma. State attorney general Scott Pruitt filed the lawsuit against tribal...

Raymond Hunter: A new vision for Jamul Band casino plan (03/19)

"The Jamul Indian Village has been working for many years to develop a gaming facility on our federal tribal trust land. This effort has not been without controversy. We are now creating a new vision...

Spokane Tribe refutes claims about off-reservation casino (03/16)

The Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino won't affect an Air Force base, Chairman Greg Abrahamson said. The tribe met with Air Force and Pentagon officials to discuss the project, Abrahamson said. He was assured that there...

City council sets vote for Sault Tribe off-reservation casino (03/15)

The city council in Lansing, Michigan, will vote next Monday on the off-reservation casino proposed by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Four agreements are being considered as part of the $245 million...

Echo Hawk offers comments on Kialegee Tribal Town casino (03/15)

Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk discussed the controversial Kialegee Tribal Town casino at a meeting with tribal leaders in Oklahoma. Echo Hawk said the Bureau of Indian Affairs is examining leasing and jurisdiction issues affecting...

Massachusetts governor to discuss compact with one tribe (03/15)

H.3702, the Massachusetts gaming law, authorizes Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to enter into Class III gaming compact negotiations with "a federally recognized tribe." The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe meet that definition....

Jamul Band releases plan for $230M casino on reservation (03/15)

The Jamul Indian Village of California released plans for a $230 million casino on the reservation. The 228,000-square-foot casino would stand three stories and include a 10-level parking garage. The tribe expects to hire 1,600...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe continues meetings for casino (03/14)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wrapped up initial casino meetings with leaders of three communities in Massachusetts. The tribe has yet to offer specifics to leaders in Lakeville, Fall River and Freetown. But the tribe has...

Opponents lobby governor on North Fork Rancheria casino (03/14)

Opponents of the off-reservation casino proposed by the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians are lobbying California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to reject it. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the casino last September. The...

City sets date for election on Mashpee Wampanoag casino (03/14)

The city of Taunton, Massachusetts, scheduled a June 9 election on the casino proposed by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The tribe is paying $40,000 to cover the cost of the election. The tribe is also...

Erma Vizenor: Urban casino will address White Earth needs (03/13)

"This is an election year and it’s far easier for my opponents to cast stones and use strong rhetoric. Current claims that the White Earth Nation’s effort to secure an urban casino is a “clever...

Jamul Band ends long relationship with Lakes Entertainment (03/13)

After 13 years and nearly $58 million, the Jamul Indian Village of California and Lakes Entertainment have called it quits. The tribe began working with Lakes in 1999. Plans called for a large casino resort...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe asks city to host a casino vote (03/13)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe formally asked the city of Taunton, Massachusetts, to schedule a vote on a casino. H.3702, the state's gaming law, requires a vote within 60 to 90 days. That would put the...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe makes case for vote on casino (03/13)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is asking three communities to schedule casino elections. The tribe is looking at sites in Lakeville, Freetown and Fall River. H.3702, the state's gaming law, requires a host community to schedule...

Public shows support for Sault Tribe off-reservation casino (03/13)

The city council in Lansing, Michigan, heard from the public on the off-reservation casino proposed by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. A majority of speakers were in favor of the $245 million...

Local officials pressure BIA and NIGC on Kialegee casino bid (03/13)

Officials in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, were in Washington, D.C., to lobby against the Kialegee Tribal Town casino. The officials met with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the National Indian Gaming Commission to discuss the...

Sen. Feinstein asks about Enterprise Rancheria casino plan (03/13)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) wants to know what's happening with the Enterprise Rancheria off-reservation casino. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the casino last September. Feinstein, however, claims the environmental impact statement was incomplete because...

Creek Nation council opposes Kialegee Tribal Town casino (03/12)

The Muscogee Nation council passed a resolution in opposition to the casino being built by the Kialegee Tribal Town. The Muscogee Nation claims jurisdiction over the gaming site, which is an Indian allotment owned by...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe faces doubts over gaming plan (03/12)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe has jumped into the casino game in Massachusetts but legal issues could derail its plans. The tribe gained federal recognition through an act of Congress. The law subjects the reservation to...

Editorial: Off-reservation casino clashes with military base (03/12)

"Release of the draft environmental impact study for the proposed Spokane Tribe casino development moves the complex, multitrack reviews of that project, and an almost certainly incompatible upgrade of Fairchild Air Force Base, into a...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe changes casino land-into-trust (03/09)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts updated its casino land-into-trust application. The tribe withdrew 539 acres in of Middleboro after withdrawing from a casino deal with the town. The tribe substituted 53 acres in Taunton,...

MPR: White Earth chairwoman touts off-reservation gaming (03/09)

"Hundreds of tribal members met in Mahnomen Thursday for the annual report on the state of the White Earth Nation. Chairwoman Erma Vizenor says a tribal casino in the Twin Cities remains a cornerstone of...

Michigan Radio: Public voices opposition to Sault Tribe casino (03/08)

"Some Lansing city council members seem inclined to delay a vote on a proposed casino project. The Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians wants to build a casino next to Lansing’s downtown convention center....

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe eyes two more sites for a casino (03/08)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe has asked three communities in Massachusetts to consider hosting a casino. The tribe has options for land in Fall River, Freetown and Lakeville. H.3702, the state's gaming law, requires a host...

Town seeks payment for failed Mashpee Wampanoag casino (03/08)

Officials in the town of Middleboro, Massachusetts, say the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe owes compensation for a failed casino deal. The town approved a deal to host a $1 billion casino. But the tribe pulled out...

Governor cold to casino talk for Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe (03/07)

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) won't comment on a compact negotiation request from the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe. Patrick supported H.3702, the state's gaming law. But the bill seeks to limit the state to just one...

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe to hold referendum on gaming project (03/07)

Members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will vote on an off-reservation gaming project in Lansing, Michigan. The tribe announced the $245 million casino last month. But critics, including former chairman Aaron...

Tribes seeking casinos face questions about land-into-trust (03/07)

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar is placing clouds over Indian gaming, tribal leaders were told on Tuesday. Only tribes that were "under federal jurisdiction" in 1934 can follow the land-into-trust process,...

City approves Ho-Chunk Nation's off-reservation gaming deal (03/06)

The city council in Beloit, Wisconsin, voted 6-1 in favor of an off-reservation gaming agreement with the Ho-Chunk Nation. The tribe plans to build a $150 million to $200 million casino. The facility would create...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's gaming land application in limbo (03/06)

There's conflicting reports about the status of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe land-into-trust application. The tribe filed the application in August 2007. It included 539 acres in the town of Middleboro and 140 acres in the...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe goes official with casino proposal (03/06)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is making a bid for a casino in Fall River, Massachusetts. H.3702, the state's new gaming law, authorizes three casinos in three regions. The casino in Region C is reserved for...

City knew about Kialegee Tribal Town casino bid even earlier (03/05)

Officials in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, knew about the Kialegee Tribal Town casino as far back as June 2011, according to newly released documents. An e-mail to the city's economic development director dated June 27, 2011,...

BIA moves forward with Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino (03/02)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is moving forward with its consideration of the Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino project. The BIA released a draft environmental impact statement for the West Plains Mixed-Use Development. The project calls...

Governor ready to negotiate with Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (03/02)

Massacushetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) said he is ready to negotiate a Class III gaming compact with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The tribe announced plans to build a casino in Taunton. Patrick said negotiations will...

Former Soo Tribe chairman seeks referendum on gaming plans (03/01)

Aaron Payment, the former chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan, is seeking a referendum on a proposed off-reservation casino. Payment supports the Kewadin Lansing Casino in Lansing. But he...

State seeks names of Kialegee officials as part of gaming case (03/01)

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is trying to find the officials of the Kialegee Tribal Town in order to serve them with a gaming lawsuit. Pruitt is trying to stop the tribe from building the...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in discussions with old casino host (03/01)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is in settlement talks with the town of Middleboro, where it once planned to build a casino. The tribe and the town entered into an agreement in 2007. The deal...

Erma Vizenor: Tribal opposition to casino is based on politics (02/29)

"The Minnesota Indian Gaming Association exists to protect the status quo in gaming. That’s not a surprise, given that the most influential members of the organization are the tribes with the most successful casinos. But...

Manzanita Band hopes for approval of off-reservation casino (02/29)

The Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation in California hopes the Obama administration will approve its off-reservation casino this year. The tribe has been working with officials in Imperial County to build a casino...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe picks location for gaming facility (02/29)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has picked Taunton, Massachusetts, as its casino site. Chairman Cedric Cromwell and Mayor Thomas Hoye Jr. are holding a press conference this morning to discuss plans for the casino. “This will...

Sokaogon Chippewa Community to negotiate gaming deal (02/28)

The Sokaogon Chippewa Community will have at least 120 days to negotiate an off-reservation gaming agreement with the city of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. City officials expect the tribe to waive its sovereign immunity so state and...

Editorial: Redding Rancheria working toward second casino (02/28)

"Plain speaking is a rarity in the law, but the introduction to U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Conti's ruling against the Redding Rancheria in its lawsuit against the Interior Department was an admirable exception. "This...

Fort Sill Apache Tribe to resubmit bid for New Mexico casino (02/27)

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma has changed tactics in its quest to open a casino in New Mexico. The tribe already has a 30-acre reservation in the southern part of the state. But...

Two other Muscogee tribal towns already in casino industry (02/27)

Two of the three Creek tribal towns are in the Indian gaming business, with the third hoping to join them soon. The Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town operates the Redhawk Gaming Center in Wetumka. The small, Class-II...

Redding Rancheria loses litigation over casino application (02/24)

The Redding Rancheria of California won't be able to open a second casino under a federal judge's ruling that was issued last week. The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 bars gaming on newly acquired...

Board backs Sault Tribe off-reservation gaming agreement (02/23)

The board of the Lansing Economic Development Corp. in Lansing, Michigan, approved an off-reservation gaming agreement for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The board voted 6-0 to approve the agreement between the...

Enterprise Rancheria awaits state decision on gaming plan (02/23)

The Enterprise Rancheria is waiting on California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to make a decision on its off-reservation casino. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the project last September. Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act,...

Jobs an issue for Soo Tribe off-reservation casino debate (02/22)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is promising to generate 2,200 jobs for its off-reservation casino in Lansing, Michigan. The tribe plans to hire about 700 temporary construction workers. Another 1,500 would be...

Opponents of Kialegee casino praise agreement with city (02/22)

Opponents of the Kialegee Tribal Town casino are praising an agreement adopted by the city council in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The city has agreed not to enter into any type of arrangement with the tribe...

Sokaogon Chippewa Community appeals casino bond ruling (02/21)

The Sokaogon Chippewa Community of Wisconsin is fighting a $20.3 million judgment in a casino bond dispute. The tribe failed to make timely payments to Wells Fargo, Judge William C. Griesbach ruled last month. The...

Letter: Greed drives Enterprise Rancheria casino opposition (02/21)

"Native American tribes have been fighting for equality forever in the state of California. It's a long hard road but we keep working at it. There are many road blocks against the tribes from the...

Erma Vizenor: Casino a win-win for White Earth Band, state (02/21)

"Those who live close to the land understand that you don’t go from planting to harvesting overnight. A crop takes resources, time and nurturing before the investment is returned in a bountiful yield. The same...

City knew about Kialegee Tribal Town casino months earlier (02/20)

Officials in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, knew about the Kialegee Tribal Town casino as far back as September 2011, The Tulsa World reports. The casino stirred significant controversy in early January. At the time, officials said...

White Earth Band proposes casino in partnership with state (02/17)

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians proposed a casino in partnership with the state of Minnesota. The casino, which would be built somewhere in the Twin Cities, would not be an Indian gaming facility....

Fort Sill Apache Tribe still aiming for a casino in New Mexico (02/17)

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma is still trying to open a casino in New Mexico. The tribe has a 30-acre reservation in the southern part of the state. But the site hasn't been...

Developer wants to build major casino near Washington, DC (02/17)

The developer behind the National Harbor, a hotel, convention and entertainment facility just outside of Washington, D.C., wants to build a $1 billion casino at the site. Slot machines are allowed at five sites in...

BIA seeks approval over Kialegee Tribal Town casino project (02/17)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs says two Indian woman can't lease their allotment to the Kialegee Tribal Town without federal approval. Sister Marcella Giles and Wynema Capps, who are members of the Muscogee Nation, previously...

Tohono O'odham Nation casino argument will be a busy affair (02/16)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the Tohono O'odham Nation gaming case on April 16 and it looks like it's going to be a busy affair. The parties include the tribe, the Bureau...

Ho-Chunk Nation promotes off-reservation gaming with site (02/16)

The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin has launched goodforbeloit.org to promote its off-reservation casino. The tribe wants to build a $150 million to $200 million facility in Beloit. The project would include a 45,000-square-foot casino, a...

Mohegan Tribe completely out of off-reservation casino deal (02/16)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut has completely withdrawn from an off-reservation casino deal with the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin. The Mohegans originally agreed to finance and manage the casino. But after spending $12 million on...

Tribe asks governor to reject Enterprise Rancheria casino bid (02/16)

The Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians is urging California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to reject an off-reservation casino for the Enterprise Rancheria. The tribe says its existing gaming facility will be hurt by the...

Rep. Sullivan introduces anti-Indian measure to block casinos (02/16)

Rep. John Sullivan (R-Oklahoma) introduced H.R.4033, the Giving Local Communities a Voice in Tribal Gaming Act, on Wednesday. The bill allows local governments the ability to veto Class III gaming facilities even if the state...

Jamul Band to scale back plans for casino on the reservation (02/16)

The Jamul Indian Village of California is reviving plans for a casino on the reservation. The tribe originally planned a 12-story, $350 million development on its six-acre reservation. But the project has been scaled back,...

White Earth Band to announce plan for off-reservation casino (02/16)

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians will announce plans for an off-reservation casino in the Twin Cities-area. The tribe says revenues from the casino can be used to build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium....

IPR: Soo Tribe off-reservation casino faces a political battle (02/15)

"Governor Rick Snyder and state Attorney General Bill Schuette have told a northern Michigan Indian tribe they will do whatever is necessary to stop a casino from being built in downtown Lansing. The proposed casino...

9th Circuit sets oral argument in Tohono O'odham casino suit (02/14)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the Tohono O'odham Nation gaming case on April 16, according to a hearing notice. The city of Glendale, Arizona, and the Gila River Indian Community are suing...

Echo Hawk says BIA is still reviewing Kialegee casino project (02/14)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs continues to review the Kialegee Tribal Town casino, Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk said in a letter to two lawmakers who are upset about the project. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma)...

Lobbyist helps Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe with casino sites (02/13)

Lobbyist William Delahunt, a former Congressman, is helping the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe scout casino sites. Delahunt has been working for the tribe since early 2011. He met with the mayor of Taunton to discuss putting...

Fitch Ratings releases new report on off-reservation gaming (02/13)

Fitch Ratings has released a new report that looks at off-reservation gaming under the Obama administration. According to the report, President Barack Obama is more open to off-reservation gaming. “The regulatory headwinds for off-reservation gaming...

Michigan governor opposes Soo Tribe off-reservation casino (02/13)

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is opposing the off-reservation casino sought by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Snyder and state Attorney General Bill Schuette urged the tribe to drop plans for the...

UKB hopes to convince South Carolina governor on casino bid (02/09)

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma hopes to convince South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) to agree to an off-reservation casino. Haley has expressed doubts about signing a Class III gaming compact...

Oklahoma attorney general files suit to stop Kialegee casino (02/09)

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed a lawsuit in federal court in hopes of stopping the Kialegee Tribal Town from building a casino. The complaint names King Tiger Hobia, tribal council members, a development group...

City council backs Jemez Pueblo off-reservation casino plan (02/07)

The city council in Las Cruces, New Mexico, voted to support the Jemez Pueblo off-reservation casino. The tribe wants build a casino near Anthony, about 300 miles from the reservation. The site is not far...

City urged to provide services to Kialegee Tribal Town casino (02/07)

The city of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is being urged to provide services to the Kialegee Tribal Town's casino. City Manager David Wooden says the city lacks jurisdiction over the gaming site. But he said the...

Editorial: Tribal gaming monopoly a big question in Michigan (02/07)

"We agree with a law professor who opined upon hearing that an established Indian Tribe was seeking permission to open a casino in Lansing that the whole specter could create a backlash against Indian gaming...

Churches hold 'prayer walk' against Kialegee casino project (02/06)

Several hundred people participated in a "prayer walk" against the Kialegee Tribal Town casino in Oklahoma. Participants walked to an Indian allotment where the tribe is building the Red Clay Casino. They were asked to...

Editorial: Avoid name-calling in off-reservation gaming fight (02/06)

"Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has a well earned reputation for being quick on his feet and conveying his passion for an issue. Who doesn’t recall his stint as America’s “angry mayor,” appearing on countless national...

Ho-Chunk Nation still working on off-reservation casino deal (02/03)

The Ho-Chunk Nation is still working on an off-reservation gaming agreement in Beloit, Wisconsin. The tribe and the city announced plans for the casino last month. The deal could be finalized this month. The tribe...

Sokaogon Chippewa Community eyes off-reservation casino (02/03)

The Sokaogon Chippewa Community is moving forward with an off-reservation casino in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The tribe has 180 days to reach a development agreement with the city and the owners of the Blue Harbor Resort....

Soo Tribe holds meetings to discuss off-reservation casino (02/01)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is holding meetings for its members to discuss an off-reservation casino in Lansing, Michigan. The first meetings take place today in Sault Ste. Marie. Future meetings will...

School board concerned about location of Kialegee casino (01/31)

The school board in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma is worried about the construction of a school near the site of the Kialegee Tribal Town's proposed casino. The board voted to build the elementary school and pre-kindergarten...

Poll finds support for Spokane Tribe off-reservation casino (01/31)

An independent poll shows support for the off-reservation casino sought by the Spokane Tribe of Washington. According to Strategic Research Associates, 40 percent of Spokane County residents "strongly favored" or "mildly favored" the casino. Another...

Mayor denies making racial slurs against casino opponents (01/31)

Mayor Virg Bernero of Lansing, Michigan, acknowledged using "strong language" against opponents of an off-reservation casino but he denied any racist intent against Native people. Bernero offered a "heartfelt and sincere apology" to anyone...

Kialegee Tribal Town leader discusses controversial casino (01/30)

The leader of the Kialegee Tribal Town of Oklahoma says gaming will help his people become self-sufficient. Speaking to the media for the first time since the Red Clay Casino was announced, Chief Tiger Hobia...

Wisconsin governor explains off-reservation casino criteria (01/30)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who is the target of a recall bid, explained the criteria he will use to evaluate off-reservation gaming. The Menominee Nation and the Ho-Chunk Nation are seeking off-reservation casinos. If...

Opinion: UKB casino in South Carolina a win for the economy (01/30)

"Citizens in Jasper County and other parts of the Lowcountry are telling us, “This is our time. This is our opportunity. We must prevail.” They’re talking about their future — theirs and their children and...

Mayor accused of making racial slurs in casino controversy (01/30)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe and the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians are accusing Lansing, Michigan, Mayor Virg Bernero of making racially insensitive remarks about their opposition to an off-reservation casino. Bernero reportedly said he...

Sault Tribe aiming for gaming land application this summer (01/27)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians hopes to submit a land-into-trust application for its off-reservation casino by the summer, a spokesperson told WLNS-TV. The Interior Department must approve the application, according to the...

Ho-Chunk leader says off-reservation casino is years away (01/27)

The Ho-Chunk Nation wants to build an off-reservation in Beloit, Wisconsin, but the process will take years, President Jon Greendeer said. The tribe has negotiated an intergovernmental agreement with the city. So far, the deal...

Echo Hawk asked about role on Kialegee Tribal Town casino (01/27)

Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk said the Bureau of Indian Affairs might weigh in on the Kialegee Tribal Town casino in Oklahoma. Echo Hawk said he is waiting on the National Indian Gaming Commission to...

Column: Don't bet on an off-reservation casino for Michigan (01/27)

"State media was running wild this week with coverage of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's announcement that within 12 to 24 months Lansing would build a $245 million off-reservation Indian casino within a stone's throw of...

Sault Tribe invokes land claim for off-reservation casino site (01/26)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians plans to invoke the Michigan Indian Land Claims Settlement Act for its off-reservation casino. The tribe is buying land from the city of Lansing for the $245...

Warm Springs Tribes plan to open new casino on February 4 (01/26)

The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon will open a new casino on February 4. The $13.5 million Indian Head Casino features 500 slot machines and eight blackjack tables. The 40,000-square-foot facility...

Land claim settlement act might aid off-reservation casino (01/25)

The Michigan Indian Land Claims Settlement Act might help the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians with its off-reservation casino. The tribe plans to open a $245 million casino in Lansing. The land isn't...

Oklahoma governor can't block Kialegee Tribal Town casino (01/25)

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) confirmed she knew about the Kialegee Tribal Town casino early last year but said there was nothing she could do about it. Her office raised concerns about the tribe's ability...

Editorial: Off-reservation casino worth pursuing in Michigan (01/25)

"Yes, backers of a plan to put a tribal casino in downtown Lansing face tough odds. Still, the city should pursue the possibility. Casinos are already in Michigan, with more than 20 tribal gaming operations...

Another tribe opposed to off-reservation casino in Michigan (01/24)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians announced plans for an off-reservation casino on Monday, drawing opposition from other Michigan tribes. The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe and the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians...

Kickapoo Tribe still in the planning stages for second casino (01/24)

The Kickapoo Tribe plans to build its second casino near Shawnee, Oklahoma. The tribe has 56 acres slated for development. But details are still being worked out. “The project is still in the planning stages...

Editorial: Soo Tribe off-reservation casino bad for Michigan (01/24)

"As only the most recent arrivals in the long line of players looking for a piece of Michigan's casino gambling action, Lansing and Mayor Virg Bernero should know better. Michigan voters made it quite clear...

Turtle Talk: An unrealistic timeline for off-reservation casino (01/23)

"I can’t not say anything, since this proposed casino is in our own backyard. But seriously? The mayor says in 12-24 months he expects construction to start, and then another year or so after that...

Oklahoma governor also knew of Kialegee Tribal Town casino (01/23)

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) knew about the Kialegee Tribal Town casino as early as February 2011, The Tulsa World reported. The tribe wanted to sign a Class III gaming compact with the state. Fallin's...

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe announces off-reservation casino plans (01/23)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians plans to open a $245 million off-reservation casino in Lansing, Michigan. The tribe and the city are holding a press conference today to discuss the development. News...

Muscogee Nation man refutes rumors of gaming on allotment (01/20)

A member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma says there are no plans for gaming on an Indian allotment that was owned by his late father. "There is nothing being talked about at our place...

NIGC chair issues letter on Kialegee Tribal Tribe's gaming site (01/20)

Tracie Stevens, the chairwoman of the National Indian Gaming Commission, says her agency continues to review the legality of the Kialegee Tribal Town casino in Oklahoma. In a letter to Rep. John Sullivan (R-Oklahoma), she...

Editorial: Governor should reject North Fork Rancheria casino (01/20)

"The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians has been trying for years to build an off-reservation casino on Highway 99 north of Madera, and has moved a step closer to its goal. But it's the...

Editorial: Draw a line in the sand and oppose Indian gaming (01/19)

"Politicians are lining up to fight construction of the Red Clay Casino in Broken Arrow while rumors swirl that a second casino is planned for Tulsa near 11th Street and South Yale Avenue. The Kialegee...

City council discusses Ho-Chunk off-reservation casino bid (01/19)

The city council in Beloit, Wisconsin, held a public meeting to discuss the Ho-Chunk Nation off-reservation casino. Only eight people spoke at the meeting, The Janesville Gazette reported, but most were in favor of...

Off-reservation casino still under consideration in Michigan (01/19)

Is an off-reservation casino coming to Lansing, Michigan? Some people seem to think so. Sources told The Lansing City Pulse that Mayor Virg Bernero has been discussing a casino near the Lansing Center. An announcement...

NIGC pressed to make ruling on Kialegee Tribal Town casino (01/19)

Tracie Stevens, the chairwoman of the National Indian Gaming Commission, met with Rep. John Sullivan (R-Oklahoma), an opponent of the Kialegee Tribal Town casino, on Wednesday. Stevens didn't comment on the substance of the meeting,...

Marcella Giles defends legality of Kialegee Tribal Town casino (01/18)

Marcella Giles, a prominent Indian rights attorney, says plans for a casino on her Indian allotment have been in the works for years. Giles, a member of the Muscogee Nation, and her sister inherited the...

United Keetoowah Band confirms South Carolina casino plan (01/18)

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma confirmed interested in a casino in South Carolina. The tribe has teamed up with developers for a casino and hotel near Hilton Head Lakes. “The United...

Kialegee Tribal Town to continue working on disputed casino (01/17)

The Kialegee Tribal Town will continue work on its casino despite opposition from the Muscogee Nation. The Red Clay Casino is located on an Indian allotment owned by two members of the Muscogee Nation. Muscogee...

Muscogee Nation to announce stance on Kialegee casino bid (01/16)

Chief George Tiger of the Muscogee Nation will hold a press conference today to discuss the Kialegee Tribal Town casino. The tribe has been aware of the Red Clay Casino as far back as June...

United Keetoowah Band looking at a casino in South Carolina (01/16)

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma is reportedly interested in a casino in South Carolina, although a news report doesn't provide any confirmation from the tribe. However, the idea for a casino...

Menominee Nation gains new off-reservation casino partner (01/16)

The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin has found a new backer for its off-reservation casino. The tribe will sign an agreement with KMD Consulting Services of California, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The firm replaces the...

Opponents seek Congressional action over Kialegee casino (01/13)

Gaming opponents are looking to Congress to block the Kialegee Tribal Town from opening a casino on an Indian allotment near Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Upwards of 800 people attended a forum at a church last...

Muscogee Nation denies plan for casino on Indian allotment (01/13)

The Muscogee Nation is not interested in a casino on an Indian allotment near Tulsa, Oklahoma, the tribe's chief of staff told Fox 23 News. The allotment is held in restricted status for a member...

Editorial: Put an end to Kialegee Tribal Town's plan for casino (01/12)

"The good people of Broken Arrow do not want an Indian casino in their community. The Kialegee Tribal Town is trying to build the Red Clay Casino despite the objections of state, county and city...

Rumored gaming site in limbo after death of Muscogee owner (01/12)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs denied a land-into-trust application for an Indian allotment that's been rumored for a casino development, The Tulsa World reports. Paul Chissoe, a member of the Muscogee Nation, inherited the 8.2-acre...

Kialegee Tribal Town's casino known as far back in June 2010 (01/12)

The Kialegee Tribal Town began working on a casino in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, as early as June 2010, The Tulsa World reports. The tribe started the environmental assessment process in order to obtain a storm...

Ho-Chunk Nation tried to work with tribes on casino project (01/12)

The Ho-Chunk Nation tried to work with two other tribes on an off-reservation casino in Wisconsin but "it just didn't work," Vice President Dan Brown said. The St. Croix Chippewa and the Bad River Chippewa...

Rumor of another casino on an Indian allotment in Oklahoma (01/11)

A city council member in Tulsa, Oklahoma, claims another tribal gaming facility is coming to the area. Phil Laskin told The Tulsa World he's heard "solid rumors" about a casino on an Indian allotment. But...

Public meeting scheduled over Kialegee Tribal Town's casino (01/11)

A group called Broken Arrow Citizens Against Neighborhood Gaming is hosting a public forum tomorrow to discuss opposition to the Kialegee Tribal Town casino in Oklahoma. Rep. John Sullivan (R-Oklahoma) is scheduled to speak. He...

Ho-Chunk Nation outlines plans for an off-reservation casino (01/11)

The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin outlined plans for an off-reservation casino on Tuesday night. The tribe wants to build a $150 million to $200 million facility on 32 acres in Beloit. The project would include...

County reaffirms support for North Fork Rancheria casino bid (01/11)

The board of supervisors in Madera County, California, voted 4-1 to reaffirm their support for the off-reservation casino sought by the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians. The county will send a letter to Sen....

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe promises action on casino 'soon' (01/10)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will make an announcement about its gaming plans "very soon," Chairman Cedric Cromwell said. The tribe plans to open a casino in southeastern Massachusetts. But two sites have already fallen through...

Off-reservation gaming heats up again for Wisconsin tribes (01/10)

At least three Wisconsin tribes are trying to open off-reservation casinos. The Menominee Nation has been working on its plan to convert an old racetrack in Kenosha into a casino for several years. The Bush...

NIGC works on Indian land determination for Kialegee casino (01/10)

The National Indian Gaming Commission is working on an Indian land determination for the proposed Kialegee Tribal Town casino in Oklahoma. The Red Clay Casino will be located on an Indian allotment. That appears to...

Muscogee Nation working on position on Kialegee casino plan (01/09)

The new leader of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma said the tribe is developing a position on the casino proposed by the Kialegee Tribal Town. Chief George Tiger was sworn into office on Saturday. His...

Editorial: Ho-Chunk Nation off-reservation casino a good idea (01/09)

"Stateline area residents who might like to see a casino complex developed here have learned over the past decade to temper their enthusiasm with a full ration of reality. Landing a casino is hard work....

Businesses support Little River Band's off-reservation casino (01/06)

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians gained support for its off-reservation casino from the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce in Michigan. The tribe owns 233 acres in and around a former racetrack in Fruitport...

Ho-Chunk Nation to discuss off-reservation casino next week (01/06)

The Ho-Chunk Nation will present its plans for an off-reservation casino in Beloit, Wisconsin, next week. The tribe has been negotiating an agreement with the city. The project will be discussed at a public meeting...

Kialegee Tribal Town reports vandalism at site of new casino (01/06)

The Kialegee Tribal Town has contacted the FBI and the U.S. Marshal's Service after someone vandalized a fuel tank at its casino site in Oklahoma. The diesel tank is being used for heavy equipment at...

Ho-Chunk Nation negotiates off-reservation casino agreement (01/05)

The Ho-Chunk Nation is negotiating an agreement for an off-reservation casino in Beloit, Wisconsin, WISC-TV reports. The tribe purchased 32 acres in the city for potential development. More information about a deal is expected within...

Oklahoma attorney general jumps into Kialegee casino dispute (01/05)

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is jumping into the controversy over the casino proposed by the Kialegee Tribal Town. Pruitt is asking the Obama administration to release all documents related to the Red Clay Casino....

City wants Kialegee Tribal Town to stop working on casino site (01/04)

The city council in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, voted unanimously to tell the Kialegee Tribal Town to stop work on a casino on an Indian allotment. The city's action carries no legal weight since the land...

Editorial: Community says no to Kialegee Tribal Town's casino (01/04)

"Not in our backyard, say some Broken Arrow residents who oppose an Indian casino Not in our market, says the chief of another tribe that already has a casino. Not for lack of trying, we...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces deadlines for gaming plans (01/03)

This year will be an important one for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts. The tribe has until July 31, 2012, to negotiate a Class III gaming compact with the state. The tribe also must...

Kialegee Tribal Town stirring controversy with plan for casino (01/03)

The Kialegee Tribal Town wants to open a casino on an Indian allotment in Oklahoma but the Muscogee Nation is objecting to the plan. The Kialegee Tribal Town is leasing the allotment from two members...
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