David Bernhardt gets credit for doing a lot at the Department of the Interior. Except when it might get him into trouble.
Posted: April 17, 2019
The Comanche Nation is trying to keep a dispute over a new Chickasaw Nation casino alive in the court system.
Posted: April 8, 2019
According to federal regulators, 290 tribes across the nation have approved Class III gaming ordinances.
Posted: April 4, 2019
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians continues to wait for a decision on a long-awaited off-reservation casino in Michigan.
Posted: March 19, 2019
'We're patient and persistent so whenever the approval process wraps up, we will be ready.'
Posted: March 18, 2019
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is pursuing an off-reservation casino in Michigan but fellow tribes aren't happy about it.
Posted: March 18, 2019
It's been more four years since the Coquille Tribe started the land-into-trust process and there's still no word of a decision.
Posted: February 19, 2019
Ryan Zinke has left the Trump administration but his Indian Country legal troubles are far from over.
Posted: February 15, 2019
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are renewing efforts to open a casino that has been stalled by the Trump administration.
Posted: January 28, 2019
When it comes to gaming, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe didn't have such a great 2018.
Posted: January 7, 2019
The Comanche Nation has been turned away by yet another federal court as another tribe's gaming empire continues to grow.
Posted: December 17, 2018
It's only taken three years but the Bureau of Indian Affairs is finally moving forward on an off-reservation casino in Michigan.
Posted: November 26, 2018
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is taking public comments on the proposed Ho-Chunk Nation casino in Wisconsin.
Posted: November 19, 2018
The Ho-Chunk Nation's off-reservation casino is finally moving forward in a more politically-friendly environment in Wisconsin.
Posted: November 12, 2018
A tribal lobbying scandal during the George W. Bush era led to criminal indictments. It looks like another one is brewing in the nation's capital.
Posted: November 1, 2018
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is firing back at the Trump administration as plans for a new casino remain in limbo.
Posted: October 17, 2018
The Trump administration has delayed a tribally-owned casino in Connecticut, a move that benefits a non-Indian rival.
Posted: October 2, 2018
Comments are being accepted on the Tule River Tribe's casino impact study and a public meeting has been scheduled.
Posted: September 26, 2018
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is finally releasing an environmental review for the Tule River Tribe's casino relocation project.
Posted: September 20, 2018
The Comanche Nation joins 13 other tribes with the ability to offer craps, roulette and similar ball and dice games.
Posted: September 17, 2018
The Trump administration is facing fire for its tribal homelands decisions but not everything coming out of Washington looks bad for Indian Country.
Posted: September 11, 2018
Patrons are finally rolling the dice at Choctaw and Cherokee casinos in Oklahoma.
Posted: August 21, 2018
The new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs continues to take action on gaming issues, this time helping out tribes in Oklahoma.
Posted: August 17, 2018
Tara Sweeney might have been kept out of view by the Trump administration but that doesn't mean she hasn't been working hard in Washington.
Posted: August 16, 2018
More than a decade after the courts took action, the National Indian Gaming Commission is suspending regulations that were once the subject of considerable controversy.
Posted: August 10, 2018
Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes saw mixed results in slot machine revenues as they get ready to break ground on a new development.
Posted: June 19, 2018
Despite being kept in the dark by the Trump administration, the Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes plan to open a new casino in 2020.
Posted: June 14, 2018
The Trump administration has yet to take action on a gaming agreement for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and lawmakers want to know why.
Posted: June 13, 2018
As the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sits in limbo before the Trump administration, non-Indian interests make strides in Massachusetts.
Posted: June 11, 2018
The Shawnee Tribe continues to make progress on a long-awaited off-reservation casino.
Posted: June 7, 2018
After keeping the Mohegan Tribe in the dark for 10 months, the Trump team has finally spoken.
Posted: June 4, 2018
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation aims to revitalize Lake Eufaula in Oklahoma with a casino, hotel and other development.
Posted: May 14, 2018
Though it lacks a physical casino at this point, the Hopi Tribe has officially joined the Indian gaming industry.
Posted: May 7, 2018
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe can't seem to catch a break when it comes to a new casino.
Posted: April 17, 2018
Blankets and an honor song didn't work. What will it take to see action from the Trump administration?
Posted: April 6, 2018
Amid delays attributed to the Trump administration, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe finally started demolition work for their new casino in Connecticut.
Posted: March 6, 2018
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are almost ready to start initial work on a long-delayed casino in Connecticut.
Posted: February 28, 2018
The Washoe Tribe plans to expand the offerings at its unique casino after amending its Class III gaming compact with the state of Nevada.
Posted: February 21, 2018
The Trump administration is advancing a curious argument as it battles the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe over plans for a new casino in Connecticut.
Posted: February 6, 2018
The Wilton Rancheria is hoping to break ground on a long-awaited casino in California this summer after clearing the last major hurdle to the project.
Posted: January 23, 2018
The Bureau of Indian Affair has allowed nine tribal gaming compacts to take effect in California, a significant number for the Golden State.
Posted: January 22, 2018
Connecticut is getting 'played' by a non-Indian gaming company, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe say.
Posted: December 7, 2017
Lawmakers from Connecticut are supporting the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe as they seek a firm response from the Trump administration on plans for a new casino.
Posted: November 8, 2017
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe honored a top Trump administration official but their gesture doesn't seem to have helped plans for a new casino in Connecticut.
Posted: November 1, 2017
It's official -- every tribe in New Mexico is operating under a Class III gaming compact that was neither approved nor outright rejected by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Posted: October 26, 2017
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe continues to operate under a gaming agreement that limits its casino to 250 slot machines.
Posted: July 26, 2017
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has officially approved the Tohono O'odham Nation to offer slot machines and related games at its newest casino in Arizona.
Posted: July 21, 2017
Two tribes won approval for new casinos in Oklahoma on the last full day of the Obama administration but the Trump team held up the official announcements for six months.
Posted: July 19, 2017
The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe are extending their agreements once again.
Posted: March 22, 2017
All the pieces are falling into place as the tribe prepares to open the ilani Casino Resort in late April.
Posted: March 22, 2017
For the first time time in decades, the California tribe is looking forward to having a homeland.
Posted: January 26, 2017
The Michigan Native American Heritage Fund can be used to help schools eliminate harmful mascots.
Posted: January 5, 2017
The tribe must gain approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs as well as the governor of California.
Posted: January 5, 2017
With just a few weeks left in the Obama administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is delivering a big decision for the California tribe.
Posted: December 13, 2016
In just the past three months alone, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has allowed compacts for 10 tribes in the state to take effect.
Posted: December 5, 2016
The tribe is celebrating major milestones as it moves forward with a casino in Indiana.
Posted: November 29, 2016
Plans call for a 140,000 square-foot casino, a hotel with about 250 rooms, retail and an event/convention center at a much larger site.
Posted: November 28, 2016
Negotiations in South Dakota appear to be moving at a glacial pace.
Posted: September 23, 2016
The tribe will be able to operate up to 1,000 slot machines at the Royal River Casino in South Dakota.
Posted: September 20, 2016
Tribes, management companies and other parties doing business in the Indian gaming industry are facing higher penalties for violating federal law.
Posted: July 7, 2016
The Bureau of Indian Affairs will 'immediately' place 61.83 acres in trust for the California tribe.
Posted: May 18, 2016
The tribe will be offering updates on the fast-rising casino, a $15 million water reclamation plant and a $32 million highway improvement project.
Posted: May 5, 2016
The tribe is now able to offer craps, keno and roulette following voter approval of a gaming initiative in South Dakota.
Posted: April 25, 2016
The Land of Enchantment is now home to 15 tribes with 'deemed approved' agreements, the most of any state in the nation.
Posted: April 5, 2016
The agency that regulates the $28.5 billion tribal casino industry is operating with a full slate for the first time in more than three years.
Posted: March 15, 2016
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
The tribe and the state have been negotiating for at least a year but have been unable to finalize a new agreement.
Posted: March 10, 2016
Kathryn Isom-Clause, an attorney and member of Taos Pueblo, has been appointed to join the agency that regulates tribal casinos.
Posted: February 8, 2016
Patrons can enjoy beer, wine and other beverages on the gaming floor and in other areas of the Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Pendleton, Oregon.
Posted: February 8, 2016
The First Light Resort and Casino will be located on about 151 acres in the city of Taunton, Massachusetts, land that is now officially a reservation.
Posted: January 8, 2016
In one of his final actions, former assistant secretary Kevin Washburn started the environmental review process for the tribe's proposed Class II gaming facility.
Posted: January 5, 2016
The Land of Enchantment is now more to more 'deemed approved' compacts than any other state thanks to former assistant secretary Kevin Washburn.
Posted: January 4, 2016
Plans call for a 601,780 square-foot facility that includes a 110,260 square-foot gaming floor, a 302-room hotel, a 48,150-square-foot convention center and a 3,500-space parking lot.
Posted: January 4, 2016
Plans call for a 48,100 square-foot casino on about 11.41 acres in Skagit County.
Posted: December 16, 2015
Chairman William Iyall is confident that the Environmental Protection Agency will approve the project.
Posted: November 13, 2015
The state is now home to 12 'deemed approved' compacts, a record number.
Posted: October 28, 2015
The existing agreement runs through February 6, 2016, giving the parties more time to negotiate potential changes.
Posted: October 5, 2015
Sequoyah Simermeyer, a Senate staffer who used to work at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is due to join the agency that oversees the $28.5 billion tribal casino industry.
Posted: September 30, 2015
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians will be facing a formidable opponent as it purses the $180 million development in Michigan.
Posted: September 29, 2015
A 151-acre site in Taunton, Massachusetts, plus another 170 acres in Mashpee, the location of tribal headquarters, were immediately placed in trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Posted: September 25, 2015
Local officials are singing the praises of the $180 million project as the Bureau of Indian Affairs moves forward with the review process.
Posted: September 24, 2015
The tribe is pursuing the project in Fruitport Township, Michigan, under the two-part determination provisions of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
Posted: September 23, 2015
The tribe plans a $180 million development in Fruitport Township, about 80 miles from reservation headquarters.
Posted: September 21, 2015
The state is home to nine deemed approved compacts, accounting for more than half of the tribes with casinos.
Posted: August 13, 2015
Seven tribes now have deemed approved Class III gaming compacts, a seemingly unprecedented number in any state.
Posted: July 30, 2015
The tribe is due back in federal court to defend the legality of a controversial Class II facility on the island of Martha's Vineyard.
Posted: July 27, 2015
A notice of the new agreement was published in the Federal Register on June 22.
Posted: June 25, 2015
The tribe spent nearly eight years trying to get the 410-acre site placed in trust.
Posted: June 3, 2015
It only took nearly eight years, but the Bureau of Indian Affairs has finally approved a land-into-trust application for the southern California tribe.
Posted: June 1, 2015
The tribe wants to develop a village and a Class III gaming facility in the city of South Bend.
Posted: March 12, 2015
The county won out in a dispute over the cost of law enforcement services.
Posted: February 24, 2015
The tribe submitted a land-into-trust application more than two years ago.
Posted: February 18, 2015
A federal judge handed the tribe a victory on two taxes that were being imposed on the reservation.
Posted: September 11, 2014
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is getting even closer to a casino.
Posted: September 4, 2014
The effort took nearly 30 years, Chairman Shawn Yanity said.
Posted: August 26, 2014
The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved an amendment to the tribe's existing agreement.
Posted: July 23, 2014
Notice was published in today's issue of the Federal Register.
Posted: June 3, 2014
After more than a decade of work, the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians is closer to an off-reservation casino in California.
Posted: April 21, 2014
Two California tribes are finally seeing action on their off-reservation gaming proposals.
Posted: April 18, 2014
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved an amendment to the Class III gaming compact between the Lummi Nation and the state of Washington.
Posted: April 8, 2014
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