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Pechanga Band quickly wins approval for naming rights deal

The Pechanga Band's naming rights came as a surprise to local officials and to the tribe which previously held them.

Posted: December 6, 2018

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still working with backer of derailed casino

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe isn't the only one reeling from the Trump administration's termination-era decisions.

Posted: December 4, 2018

Wilton Rancheria secures approval of gaming management agreement

The Wilton Rancheria is moving closer toward its goal of self-sufficiency.

Posted: November 5, 2018

Leaders of Pinoleville Pomo Nation can be sued for alleged fraud

A gaming developer claims it invested nearly $5.4 million in a casino that never got off the ground.

Posted: October 8, 2018

Wilton Rancheria moves forward with gaming management agreement

The Wilton Rancheria is working with a subsidiary of Boyd Gaming on a long-awaited casino in California.

Posted: September 13, 2018

Chickasaw Nation lands first-ever casino partnership with NFL team

The WinStar World Casino and Resort is the official casino of the Dallas Cowboys.

Posted: September 7, 2018

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe lands big partner for gaming project

Though plans remain in development, the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is serious about Indian gaming.

Posted: August 22, 2018

Seminole Tribe looks to offer sports betting at new Hard Rock facility

The Seminole Tribe might soon offer sports betting at its new Hard Rock casino in New Jersey.

Posted: July 12, 2018

Enterprise Rancheria eyes 'Hard Rock Sacramento' after tribal homelands victory

The iconic Hard Rock brand could soon be coming to California's capital city thanks to a partnership between tribal nations.

Posted: July 2, 2018

'Justice has finally prevailed': Shingle Springs Band vindicated in gaming case

It took a decade but the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians is welcoming the end of a long-running lawsuit.

Posted: June 28, 2018

Shingle Springs Band prevails in long-running gaming contract dispute

A decade-old dispute between the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians and a former gaming partner is finally over.

Posted: June 25, 2018

Jamul Indian Village completes takeover and announces new name for casino

The Jamul Indian Village is now managing its gaming facility in southern California after parting ways with a prominent partner.

Posted: May 30, 2018

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes hire new general contractor to finish casino expansion

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are working to complete a $35 million casino expansion after running into a snag with the original contractor.

Posted: May 14, 2018

Mohegan Tribe gains sole ownership of $5 billion gaming project in Korea

With tensions thawing in the Korean Peninsula, the Mohegan Tribe is making moves of its own.

Posted: May 9, 2018

Buena Vista Rancheria hits another milestone after win in homelands case

The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians is on track to a brighter future after securing victory in a long-running tribal homelands case.

Posted: April 16, 2018

Poarch Creeks expand gaming enterprise with $1.3 billion acquisition

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians continues to expand its gaming empire, this time with a $1.3 billion deal in Pennsylvania.

Posted: March 8, 2018

Jamul Indian Village parts ways with developer of $460 million casino

The Jamul Indian Village will be rebranding its casino in southern California after parting ways with the developer of the $460 million facility.

Posted: March 5, 2018

Gun Lake Tribe marks major milestone with management of casino

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, is now in full control of its casino in Michigan.

Posted: February 8, 2018

Shakopee Tribe won't be sued by promoter of failed casino venue

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community won't be facing a lawsuit in connection with a failed entertainment venue at its casino in Minnesota.

Posted: February 6, 2018

Pueblo of Laguna fails to reach deal for Louisiana commercial casino

The Pueblo of Laguna won't be buying a commercial casino in Louisiana due to regulatory issues.

Posted: February 5, 2018

Stillaguamish Tribe puts casino name on arena in $3.4 million naming rights deal

The Stillaguamish Tribe announced a 10-year, $3.8 million naming rights deal for an arena in Everett, Washington.

Posted: December 14, 2017

Former Shinnecock Nation official sentenced for cybercrime that derailed casino plan

A former Shinnecock Nation gaming official was sentenced to probation for stealing emails from a fellow tribal citizen.

Posted: December 13, 2017

Ponca Tribe returns to Indian gaming industry with Chickasaw Nation as partner

The Ponca Tribe is rejoining the Indian gaming industry with the help of an experienced partner in Oklahoma.

Posted: November 20, 2017

Menominee Nation promotes casino with naming rights to new arena in Wisconsin

The Menominee Nation has acquired the naming rights to a new minor league basketball arena in Wisconsin.

Posted: October 24, 2017

Poarch Band of Creek Indians acquires two gaming properties on Caribbean islands

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians continues to expand its gaming empire beyond the tribe's homelands in Alabama.

Posted: October 24, 2017

Iowa Tribe announces 'Monsterous' deal linked to long-delayed poker website

The Iowa Tribe continues to make big promises as it prepares to offer real money play on its long-delayed poker website.

Posted: October 12, 2017

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes sue former partners for failed online gaming site

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes are suing their former partners over a failed online poker website.

Posted: October 2, 2017

Iowa Tribe promises to launch long-delayed online poker site sometime in fall

PokerTribe.Com has repeatedly missed deadlines to launch but the Iowa Tribe believes operations are imminent.

Posted: September 25, 2017

Shingle Springs Band wins reversal of $30 million judgment in gaming dispute

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians doesn't owe $30 million to a former gaming partner, an appeals court in California ruled.

Posted: September 18, 2017

Lytton Band in deal to acquire property adjacent to gaming facility for $13 million

The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians plans to pay $13 million for a property that will be used as a parking lot for its Class II facility in California.

Posted: September 8, 2017

Chukchansi Tribe secures dismissal of lawsuit seeking $21 million from casino

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of violating a contract with a gaming firm.

Posted: August 9, 2017

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes see property once used as casino lot go up for sale

A property in Oklahoma that was once used as a casino parking lot has gone up for sale but the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes can't buy it.

Posted: July 31, 2017

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reportedly owes $347 million to casino firm

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is eager to restart work on its casino in Massachusetts and so is a key partner.

Posted: July 7, 2017

Yavapai-Apache Nation wins $48.9M court judgment against La Posta Band

The Yavapai-Apache Nation has once again prevailed in a long-running gaming dispute with the La Posta Band of Diegueno Mission Indians.

Posted: June 30, 2017

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes lose access to parking lot at casino

The owner of the lot next to the Lucky Star Casino in Clinton, Oklahoma, barricaded his property after the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes stopped paying him to lease the land.

Posted: June 5, 2017

Seminole Tribe working hard to rid new casino of Donald Trump's influence

It's going to cost a lot of money to make sure no one connects the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City to the president.

Posted: May 26, 2017

Iowa Tribe misses deadline again to launch internet poker project

Meanwhile, the National Indian Gaming Commission appears to be looking into the company that is behind the effort.

Posted: May 23, 2017

Seminole Tribe paid just $50M for casino Donald Trump built for $1.2B

As the future president's gaming empire faltered, the tribe's blossomed.

Posted: May 9, 2017

Poarch Band of Creek Indians moves ahead with Mississippi casino

The tribe continues to expand its gaming empire beyond its homeland in Alabama.

Posted: April 7, 2017

Seminole Tribe finalizes purchase of failed Trump casino in New Jersey

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City will reopen in the summer of 2018 after a $375 million upgrade project.

Posted: April 6, 2017

Seminole Tribe settles dispute as retail area at casino shuts down

The Seminole Paradise at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida, is being replaced as part of an expansion of the facility.

Posted: March 31, 2017

Chukchansi Tribe fires back at gaming firm seeking $21M in court

The California tribe called the lawsuit 'unfounded and baseless' and an attempt at extortion.

Posted: March 27, 2017

Chukchansi Tribe sued for $21M by gaming development company

The tribe reopened its casino in California after a lengthy shutdown.

Posted: March 22, 2017

Chippewa Cree Tribe told to pay $25M to casino development firm

Child support payments and general assistance payments have been cut after a Montana court issued a judgement against the tribe.

Posted: March 16, 2017

Seminole Tribe putting Hard Rock name on failed Trump casino

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City will open in New Jersey after a $300 million investment.

Posted: March 3, 2017

Prairie Island Indian Community puts casino name on new project

The Treasure Island Center in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, will include office and retail space.

Posted: February 27, 2017

Trump team gets more time for brief in Supreme Court tribal casino case

The new president once tried to partner with the Cowlitz Tribe for a casino that's now before the nation's highest court.

Posted: January 31, 2017

Penobscot Nation develops plan to bottle vodka for tribal casinos

Chief Kirk Francis wouldn't confirm details of the operation, which has generated some controversy on the Maine reservation.

Posted: January 6, 2017

Kaw Nation joins with frontmen of KISS for casino expansion project

The frontment of the legendary rock band are opening their first Rock & Brews casino with the tribe.

Posted: January 4, 2017

Iowa Tribe acquires majority stake in internet gaming company

The Oklahoma tribe is still hoping to launch a real-money gambling website despite repeated delays

Posted: December 15, 2016

Former gaming official from Shinnecock Nation enters guilty plea

A cybercrime that effectively derailed the New York tribe's casino efforts is finally coming to light.

Posted: November 1, 2016

Donald Trump avoided paying taxes on hundreds of millions in casino debt

The Republican presidential nominee racked up $1.3 billion in debt in connection with his failed gaming empire.

Posted: November 1, 2016

Jamul Indian Village refinances $460M in casino related debt

The tribe is using $274 million to repay its partner in the new Hollywood Casino Jamul.

Posted: October 24, 2016

Twenty-Nine Palms Band disputes 'Donald Trump, You're Fired' story

The California tribe was once partners with Donald Trump but their relationship ended early.

Posted: October 21, 2016

Twenty-Nine Palms Band wore 'Donald Trump, you're fired' shirts

Tribal members became concerned about their deal with the mogul and surprised him at a meeting with the t-shirts.

Posted: October 18, 2016

APTN links Donald Trump's 1993 smear to rebuff by California tribe

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's racial attacks on Indian Country go back decades.

Posted: October 12, 2016

Jamul Indian Village ready to open doors to long-awaited casino

The Hollywood Casino Jamul will be the closest tribal gaming facility to downtown San Diego, California.

Posted: October 5, 2016

Supreme Court opens new term with tribal immunity on the docket

Only one Indian law case is on the docket so far, a big change from last year's explosive session.

Posted: October 4, 2016

Seminole Tribe accuses state of bad faith in gaming compact talks

A long-awaited trial opened in federal court in Florida as the tribe's Hard Rock International marked a major milestone.

Posted: October 3, 2016

Donald Trump hired firm to lobby for tribal casino deal in Florida

Seven Arrows was paid to push for a deal with the Seminole Tribe but also was reimbursed for a potentially illegal trip to Cuba, Newsweek reports.

Posted: September 29, 2016

Laguna Pueblo signs deal to acquire commercial casino in Louisiana

The New Mexico tribe is making its first foray into commercial gaming with a deal worth $134.5 million.

Posted: August 22, 2016

Cherokee Nation contributes $1M for gaming petition in Arkansas

Backers of the petition are asking voters to approve three casinos, one of which would be operated by the Oklahoma tribe.

Posted: August 16, 2016

Donald Trump tried to partner with Agua Caliente Band on casino

The real estate mogul tiibal headquarters in California just a few months before he launched his infamous attack on Indian gaming.

Posted: July 26, 2016

Mohegan Tribe interested in stalled casino project in Las Vegas

The tribe would need to make a significant investment to complete the unfinished Fontainebleau resort.

Posted: July 18, 2016

Patrick Lambert: Eastern Cherokees in talks for outlet mall and more at casino

An outlet mall, a convention center and new hotel at the Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina are under discussion.

Posted: July 5, 2016

Big Sandy Rancheria remains optimistic on plan for second casino

The project has been in the works for more than a decade and would be much larger than the tribe's existing facility.

Posted: June 28, 2016

Poarch Creeks in deal to acquire commercial casino in Louisiana

The tribe continues to expand its gaming empire beyond Alabama.

Posted: June 27, 2016

Cherokee Nation enters deal to run commercial casino in Arkansas

The Oklahoma tribe is hoping to expand its gaming empire into Arkansas.

Posted: June 23, 2016

Eastern Cherokees urged to bring more retail options to casino

The North Carolina tribe has been in talks with one of the largest outlet mall developers in the United States.

Posted: June 15, 2016

Washoe Tribe and Poarch Band celebrate opening of unique casino

The Wa She Shu Casino was built with the help of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

Posted: May 31, 2016

Settlement opens door to tribal casino at popular Oklahoma lake

Lake Texoma lies within Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation territory but state officials aren't saying whether they are interested in the casino.

Posted: May 23, 2016

Cowlitz Tribe hosted Donald Trump to discuss his interest in casino

The casino mogul often brags of his business prowess but he failed to seal a deal with the the Washington tribe in the early 2000s.

Posted: May 9, 2016

Nambe Pueblo pays off remaining funds owed to gaming developer

The New Mexico tribe agreed to pay $500,000 to Full House Resorts after a casino project never came to fruition.

Posted: May 5, 2016

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe enters gaming agreement with Mohegan Tribe

The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority will provide gaming, hospitality and entertainment consulting services to the Paragon Casino Resort.

Posted: April 28, 2016

Seneca Nation in early discussions for off-reservation casino plan

A developer said the tribe wants to finance a casino and performing arts center in Rochester, New York.

Posted: April 15, 2016

Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux district eyes 'micro-gaming'

For many districts on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation the time for creating their own sustainable economies has arrived.

Posted: April 1, 2016

Twenty-Nine Palms Band ended Donald Trump casino deal for $6M

The tribe signed a management contract with the Republican presidential candidate but ended it after just three years.

Posted: March 21, 2016

Washoe Tribe set to open casino with Poarch Creeks in summer

The casino will be located next to the Wa She Shu Travel Plaza, which just opened last month in Gardnerville, Nevada.

Posted: March 17, 2016

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe leaves casino operation to big firm

The Genting Group, a well-known player in the Indian gaming industry, will run the First Light Resort and Casino under a management contract.

Posted: March 16, 2016

Jamul Indian Village still waiting for decision on gaming contract

The tribe plans to open a $390 million on its reservation in southern California in July with or without a federally-approved management contract.

Posted: March 14, 2016

White Earth Nation saw fortunes change after winning casino case

A gaming developer was ordered to pay $18.5 million by the tribe's court, a decision that was recognized in the state court system.

Posted: February 2, 2016

Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Gaming website resurfaces

The Iowa Nation of Oklahoma released a media statement announcing the launch of the online gambling website in 2016.

Posted: January 14, 2016

Penticton Indian Band to receive share of revenue from new casino

The band the city of Penticton, British Columbia, signed an agreement to promote economic development in the region.

Posted: January 6, 2016

Kalispel Tribe boosts off-reservation casino with $3M golf club

The acquisition helps the tribe stay competitive in the event another off-reservation casino opens nearby.

Posted: December 11, 2015

Cowlitz Tribe closes on financing for long-delayed $550M casino

The Cowlitz Casino and Entertainment Resort will be located on the tribe's 152-acre reservation in Clark County, Washington.

Posted: December 9, 2015

Lac du Flambeau Band loses ruling in messy casino bond case

The dispute began after the tribe refused to pay $50 million in bonds that were issued for a failed commercial riverboat casino.

Posted: December 2, 2015

Mohegan Tribe signs partner for $5B casino proposal in Korea

The Mohegan Sun Inspire project features a foreigners-only casino, a hotel complex, a 20,000-seat arena, shops, restaurants and other amenities.

Posted: November 24, 2015

Agua Caliente Band gaming enterprise signs deal with NBA team

Agua Caliente Casino Resorts will be known as the presenting sponsor for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Posted: November 20, 2015

Washoe Tribe and Poarch Creeks start work on casino project

The Poarch Creeks are building and managing the facility, which is located on Washoe land in Nevada.

Posted: November 4, 2015

Nottawaseppi Huron Band uses casino funds to grow economy

Gaming represents 75 percent of the tribe's $30 million budget but leaders are working to change that for the future.

Posted: October 26, 2015

Leader of Pamunkey Tribe ousted after questioning casino bid

Kevin Brown was forced out just days before the Bureau of Indian Affairs granted recognition to the tribe, a first in the state of Virginia.

Posted: October 26, 2015

Arizona tribes on road to recovery with $1.81B in casino revenues

The Arizona Indian Gaming Association is releasing a report that highlights the benefits of the state's tribal industry.

Posted: October 8, 2015

Cowlitz Tribe turned down Donald Trump for gaming partnership

The Republican presidential candidate attempted to explain some of his negative and racially charged comments about Native Americans in a newly-disclosed letter.

Posted: October 5, 2015

Kalispel Tribe to buy golf course for $3M in bid to boost casino

The acquisition will help the Northern Quest Resort and Casino address potential competition from another tribe.

Posted: September 11, 2015

Donald Trump supported then opposed casino in Connecticut

The Republican presidential candidate who once said tribes in the state 'don't look like Indians to me' ended up with a sweet deal at the end of the saga.

Posted: August 21, 2015

Guidiville Band and gaming partner ordered to pay $1.9M in fees

The tribe is suing the city of Richmond and the federal government over a failed casino project at Point Molate.

Posted: August 20, 2015

Yurok Tribe swindled out of $250K in scam to finance casino

A Georgia man promised $8 million to finance the Redwood Hotel Casino but the tribe never saw any money from the failed deal.

Posted: August 7, 2015

Catawba Nation in talks to bring Hard Rock into gaming plans

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has yet to issue a decision on a land-into-trust application that was submitted in September 2013.

Posted: July 27, 2015

Chukchansi Tribe planning to reopen casino by end of year

Chairman Reggie Lewis said creditors have pledged up to $35 million to reopen the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino.

Posted: July 21, 2015

Sault Tribe protected by sovereign immunity in casino dispute

Congress did not waive tribal sovereign immunity in bankruptcy proceedings, a federal judge ruled earlier this month.

Posted: June 30, 2015


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